Former Apple vet Tim Bucher, now at Dell, is counting on his Zing software to give iTunes some competition. On Nov. 10, 2004, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a strained conversation with Tim Bucher, one of the company’s engineering executives. According to a lawsuit later filed by Bucher, Jobs said: “People think you are sometimes manic-depressive…. I think I’m going to have to ask you to leave the company.” Bucher was stunned: He’d been promoted only a few months earlier. Bucher left Apple but soon sued for wrongful termination. He says the charges of mental illness are “completely false.” Apple settled the suit in 2005 and declined to comment for this story.