reports that an Apple customer in the United kingdom is suing Apple in small claims court for its decision to charge for its .Mac service.
MacUser UK stated that the case is based on the printed materials supplied with Apple products that list iTools as a feature. iTools contains many of the same services that Apple has now branded .Mac and is charging customers up to US$99 per year for. Apple is giving existing iTools users until the end of September to sign up for the .Mac service for a special reduced rate of $49.95.
“If a legal challenge could show that the iTools services were included with a Mac or Apple software purchase, then Apple could be obliged to provide these services for free to anyone who bought a product on those terms,” said MacUser UK.