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April 3, 2007

EU Hits Apple and Labels over Territorial and Price Differences in Music Downloads

The European Union has sent a Statement of Objections to Apple and the major record labels over the territorial restrictions and price differences in the iTunes store.  Consumers in various member states must buy songs from an iTunes store set up for their country rather than a pan-European version of the store.  Surveys of prices across iTunes shows that the same music has different price points depending on the location.

The EU pointed out that this investigation has nothing to do with Apple being the dominant seller or the use of DRM.  Norway and other countries have chided Apple over DRM restrictions.  Apple has said that it would like to operate a single store for Europe but that the labels insisted on country by country sales.

The EU Press Release (English version) is here.

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