It has long been known how actively Apple is showing its interest in various kinds of patents. Patents are registered for various technologies that have already been developed but not yet implemented and are used in the fight against competing companies. Apple's next patent-pending product is the iTunes icon, which appears in the dock of OS X.
The app icon was shown simultaneously with the release of the app itself back in 2010. Users spoke about her in different ways. There were a lot of negative reviews. Moreover, users even wrote indignant letters to Apple. The outrage was so intense that Jobs even had to answer one of them and stand up for the badge. By the way, the patent document for the icon shows that Steve Jobs also had a hand in the creation of the icon.
Since 2010, the iTunes icon has become round and not very popular with users. You could even find recommendations on the Internet on what to do to make the program have an old-style icon. Time has passed, everyone got used to the appearance of the icon, and now almost everyone believes that its appearance is elegant and modern. There were almost no dissatisfied people left.
By and large, there is some doubt about anyone's intentions to copy the iTunes icon. And now, besides, it is also patented, because, as for Apple, it has always remained important to have documents that, if necessary, can be used in court.