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European drive against iTunes builds support

By Aaron Robson     Jan 23, 2007 in Technology
German and French consumer groups have joined a Nordic-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies
I think that it is well known that the only way you can access the songs off of your itunes, is either through burning a cd, or uploading them to your iPod. But what if you don't have a dandy iPod, instead you have a Zen or a Sansa or any other mp3 players out there? Well we all know that those players are useless with iTunes.
That is why the German and French consumers had trying to make a change. That way, european music products would be able to work with iTunes aswell as the ever so popular iPod.
But when the change didn't happen in apple's product last July, consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claimed that apple was currently violating the contract and copyright laws in their countries.
Apples resoponse was "Apple hopes that European governments will encourage a competitive environment that lets innovation thrive, protects intellectual property and allows consumers to decide which products are successful."
Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said that Norway gave Apple until September to change its polices, or face possible legal action and fines in the country.
"It cannot be good for the music industry for them to lock music into one system," he said.
I agree with this one, I can remember countless times when you pay for the song legally, so it is your song, then the only thing you can do with it is play it on the iPod or listen to it on itunes. Since you paid for it, you should be able to do what ever you want with it within leaggal range.
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