Scandinavian triumvirate extends deadline to August 1 for Apple to reply to iTunes concerns

The consumer protection groups in Norway, Sweden and Denmark said Wednesday they will give Apple until Aug. 1 to reply to their claims that the iTunes music store and service operates in violation of Scandinavian law according to a report from MarketWatch.

Last week, the groups said they believed Apple’s iTunes violates Scandinavian consumers’ rights by making Apple’s iPods the only portable devices that can play songs downloaded from iTunes. The consumer groups had originally set a June 21 deadline for Apple to respond to the claims.

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66 Comments

  1. It’s Apple’s OWN music store, made for it’s OWN software, to use on it’s OWN device.

    I don’t understand what the problem is? I’m sure if they only had 5 or 6 percent of the market nobody would even care. If your on top though, everyone’s gotta try to pull you down by any means.

  2. This is BS–any company, whether Apple or M$, should be permitted to design their products and services as they see fit (within the bounds of safety, etc., of course). Any consumer that doesn’t like it doesn’t have to use it. I wonder how much money Creative has “donated” to these Scandinavian “consumer groups”?
    Hmmm…

  3. I guess a country like Norway has to muscle some American Corp. around since they are powerless to do anything about MS – assuming they want to do anything about MS…

    I guess everyone likes it from behind once in awhile, some are just more picky than others.

  4. Are you guys completly stupid? Do you not get that Apple is violating Norwegian coyright law? In Norway you have the right to play your music on any device you feel like. Apple is adding restriction to the music they sell so it will not play on other devices except iPods. Music is expected to work on all devices. How would you feel if certain CDs were restricted to play on only certain CD players? Keep in mind that this is a *rescriction* that is added by Apple. If they didn’t add the DRM all devices would be able to play AACs.

  5. dang – Because Norway, Sweden and Denmark are piss ant countries, that’s why. You know, there’s a reason why Scandinavia has the highest rate of suicide per capita. These people are out of their friggin minds. I say take it away from them. All of it. No iPods, no iTunes, and a big fat Fsck You on the way out the door. Let them listen to their rented music on ZEN players.

  6. “I don’t understand what the problem is? I’m sure if they only had 5 or 6 percent of the market nobody would even care. If your on top though, everyone’s gotta try to pull you down by any means.”

    This is what happen when you BREAK THE FRICKING LAW! If you want to operate in a country you will have to follow their laws. And yes of course they are going after the market leader first, however they will also go after the others such as MS.

  7. “dang – Because Norway, Sweden and Denmark are piss ant countries, that’s why. You know, there’s a reason why Scandinavia has the highest rate of suicide per capita. These people are out of their friggin minds. I say take it away from them. All of it. No iPods, no iTunes, and a big fat Fsck You on the way out the door. Let them listen to their rented music on ZEN players.”

    You think you own the music you buy from iTMS? One of the problems raised by Norway is Apple can change the licence AFTER YOU PURCHASED your music. That means Apple has the power to for example stop you form burning your DRM music if they want to. Would you like to buy a CD were the record store could dictate how you used that CD after you purchased it!? There is a fricking LAW in Norway that denies companies like Apple to change the terms after purchase.

  8. ShutUpAlready – Are you completely stupid? It’s not Norweigen copyright law, it’s their consumer protection law. However I would love it if you could explain to us again why Apple should support other players? iTunes is Apples service that exists to complement THEIR product, the iPod. It’s not for any other company’s player and that is made obvious to any person who can read the terms of use. So tell us why Apple should have to give away iTunes operability to any jackass that makes an mp3 player? It isn’t a public service supported by tax dollars. It’s a goddamn private service that they offer to their customers. I say if you don’t like their terms of use SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE! Use another player and another service – it’s a free country.

    I swear, what the hell is wrong with some people?

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