“The European Commission (EC) has confirmed it is looking into allegations that Apple’s iTunes Music Store discriminates against UK consumers by charging them more to download the same song than it charges other European music buyers,” Tony Smith reports for The Register. “Some British iTunes users have slammed the differential pricing as yet another example of ‘rip-off Britain.'”
“Apple’s pricing policy was brought to the EC’s attention in December 2004 by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which was itself made aware of the situation by British consumer group ‘Which?’ In the UK, the iTunes Music Store charges customers 79p (€1.14) to download a single track. The same song costs €0.99 when it’s downloaded from Apple’s other European music shops,” Smith reports. “Apple can, of course, charge what it likes, and while UK consumers might be annoyed at the price differential, there’s little they can do but complain about it. Or go and buy songs from, say, ITMS’ French outlet. However, Apple doesn’t permit them to do so. That’s the real issue,” Smith explains.
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