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Apple will be forced to allow iTunes downloads to be compatible with other MP3 players

Apple has been given two weeks to fix iTunes after the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman ruled that the MP3 download service breaks consumer protection law.  In fact, at least three Nordic nations, want iTunes downloaded songs to be playable on all digital music players -- not just iPods.  If Apple does not make its songs playable on all music devices by June 21, the company will first face heavy fines which would then be followed by court action.

The formal complaint is online as a PDF file and claims the following:
The Consumer Council of Norway hereby wishes to lodge a complaint against iTunes Music Store with the Consumer Ombudsman. The complaint is based on iTunes’ standard terms and conditions as specified at (Terms of Service) and  Terms of Sale). It is the view of the Consumer Council that several aspects of these terms are in breach of the Marketing Control Act (Markedsføringsloven) and other legislation.

In addition, iTunes uses DRM (Digital Rights Management), a type of technical standard terms and conditions, which determine how the service can be used. The Consumer Council of Norway also believes that certain aspects of the technical terms and conditions are in breach of the Marketing Control Act.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) recently stated that iTunes music downloads should be allowed on non-Apple MP3 players.  European regulators have given Apple enough time to eradicate the problem, with reportedly little interest from Apple.

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By Hare on 6/10/2006 11:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
Look at the other side of the coin. Maybe MP3-players should support Apples fairplay drm? That way you could play iTunes downloads with your player. Yeah I know, poor example...

This "law" would require iTunes to drop the DRM protection. The problem is that if they drop the DRM many music labels will propably ditch the scandinavian DRMless iTunes market. That would be a shame. Do you want drm and music or no drm and no music...

Anyway. Interesting to see what will happen. Btw. I live in Scandinavia. Front row seats \o/

RE: Hmmm...
By smitty3268 on 6/10/2006 12:08:30 PM , Rating: 1
That would be an acceptable solution, I believe. But its not going to happen - look at the fuss Apple caused when Real reverse engineered support for it.

RE: Hmmm...
By Zelvek on 6/10/2006 5:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
But Apple won't sell the format they are using to other companies if they would I am sure that this would never have come up.

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