iPod in court?Nano owners set to sue in USA

25 October 2005

Entertainment giant Apple is facing a US lawsuit over alleged problems with the recently launched iPod Nano.

Seattle law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has filed the lawsuit claiming the ultra-thin music player is defectively designed.

It says the Nano screens become scratched quickly and adds that excessive, rapid wear renders the device unusable.

Apple admitted there was a 'minor' problem with a small number of iPod Nanos shortly after the product's September 2005 launch.

The admission came after irate customers complained about scratched and broken screens on the 179 GBP music player.

But Apple said the problem affected less than one tenth of 1 per cent of the total iPod Nanos shipped and that it was not a design issue.

This new lawsuit seeks to represent millions of people who have bought the iPod Nano. Lawyers will seek compensation for consumers who have bought the music player.

Apple is not commenting on the lawsuit.

Read our verdict of the iPod Nano in November's issue of Which?.