"In 1981 Apple Corps, i.e. The Beatles filed suit against Apple Computer for trademark infringement. The suit settled with an undisclosed amount being paid to Apple Corps for using the name in contexts not associated with music. This amount has been estimated to $50 - $200 million.
In 1989 Apple added MIDI capabilities to its computers, and Apple Corps sued and won again, with Apple Computer paying $26.5 million in damages. At this time, an Apple employee added a system sound called "xylophone" to the Macintosh operating system, but was forced by the legal department to change the name. It was changed to "sosumi", which was told to be Japanese for "the absence of musicality", but actually should be read out as so sue me.
In September 2003, Apple were sued by Apple Corps again, this time for introducing iTunes and the iPod, both clearly positioned in the music market where Apple Corps own the trademark."
I disagree with this definition of clearly. Apple has settled in the past and never admitted to wrongdoing. This time I think Apple should either buy out Apple Corp and then sell them to another entity with useage clauses or fight this all the way to an international tribunal at the UN.
Here's your conspiracy theory. Could Rob Glaser of Real Networks, the heads behind Creative and Archos, possibly even Microsoft or Dell be behind some of this in part - at least to consult with the Beatles attorneys?