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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 Xavian on 6/10/2006 7:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
Against Consumer Choice? Check!
For non-interpolarable DRM? Check!
Tied into iPods and thus iTunes? Check!
Thinks Apple has the highest quality players and the rest is crap? Check!
Thinks we should all buy CD's to remove the DRM to play on other players? Check!
Thinks Apple is gods-gift to MP3 Players? Check!

Apple Fanboy Alert!

seriously there are so many points that are wrong in your post.

Think about this, Plays For Sure DRM its every every music store except iTunes and is available on every MP3 Player out there, except Apples. Why? you ask, because APPLE DOESN'T WANNA INTERGRATE IT INTO THEIR PLAYERS. Ok now we have that down.

Lets take Apples AAC fairplay DRM, its only available on Apples players, iTunes sells music in ONLY that format and DRM and no other music store has fairplay DRM AAC music files. Why? you ask, because APPLE WON'T LICENCE FAIRPLAY DRM TO ANY OTHER COMPANY OUT THERE, ok we have that down.

Now, if you can't see the problem there and the serious trap that lies before those who have an iPod and want to move to another music store, then i give up.

By Xavian on 6/10/2006 7:21:39 PM , Rating: 2
1st every = on, whoops, need edit people!

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