Apple is a facing a new class-action lawsuit charged with illegally tying iPods to its iTunes store.

The claim is that Apple should not enjoy such a monopoly over the digital media market as it means it can inflate prices, exclude competition, and force consumers to continue to buy into its closed system, reports Apple Insider.

The complaint, filed in Florida in August, has been brought by Florida resident Frederick Black on behalf of all Florida residents who have purchased an iPod or downloaded media from iTunes and faced restrictions.

Apple is charged with three formal counts: violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act, attempted monopolisation in violation of the Florida Antitrust Act, and monopolisation in violation of the Florida Antitrust Act.

Black wants damages in excess of $15,000, a court order awarding treble those damages plus court costs.

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