Consumer groups from five nations across the pond want Apple's iTunes changed

French and German consumer groups have joined a continuing battle to force Apple to open up its DRM, which would allow songs purchased through iTunes to be played on MP3 players other than Apple's iPods. Germany and France are joining consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, who also want Apple to open up its service to competitors. French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir and German group Ferbraucherzentralen will join forces with consumer groups already working on the Nordic-led campaign.

Since both France and Germany have large markets for digital music, the consumer groups are hoping that Apple will be willing to work with them. “This is important because Germany and France are European giants,” said Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon. Research analysts have already claimed that Apple is unlikely to change the way it does business in European nations.

Norway, Denmark and Sweden first claimed that Apple violated contract and copyright laws in June 2006. Nordic regulators have conducted at least two meetings with Apple officials over the complaints.

France put into effect a law which allows regulators to force Apple to make sure its iTunes store and iPod MP3 player is compatible with alternatives.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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