Scandinavian agencies to meet Apple over iTunes

“Sweden’s consumer rights agency on Wednesday said it and other rights groups in Scandinavia will meet Apple Computer to discuss their complaint that the U.S. company’s popular iTunes service breaches consumer laws,” Reuters reports.

“In June, the consumer agencies of Sweden, Denmark and Norway jointly wrote to Apple alleging that customers had to waive fundamental rights, such as the free use of legally bought products, to download music from iTunes,” Reuters reports. “The U.S. computer maker has responded in writing, but wants a face-to-face discussion as well, Marianne Abyhammar, Sweden’s acting consumer ombudsman, told Reuters.”

“Norway’s consumer rights agency has said one of its main concerns was that iTunes limited customers’ right to freely use legally acquired products by implementing software to protect downloaded files from illegal copying and distribution,” Reuters reports. “The technology, known as Digital Rights Management (DRM), means no portable players other than Apple’s own iPods can play files downloaded from iTunes.”

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  1. Perhaps this is a good precedent ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Apple must make their software run on others products therefore windows developers MUST make their applications available on Macs.

    Car manufacturers must make their cars run on any fuel.

    I should be able to put a Ford fuel injection system on a BMW.

    I should be able to view the Soprano’s on my local TV station.

    I should be able to light my house with natural gas not just electricity.

    I am of course speaking tongue in cheek here. Why should Apple have to make their products work with the competition’s?

    Freedom means that Apple can choose a strategy that they feel benefits them. This may not fly in socialist Europe where freedom means forcing other to provide what you want, but it is the reality of a free society

  2. Ok they have picked on the biggest player, but doesn’t this mean that all that windows media crap and other Mp3 player manufacturers will also have to comply? Otherwise the whole playing field is again uneven just as they think it is now.

    If they want an even field then they will have to insist that all download stores and all Mp3 players be compatible.

    Is that ever going to happen? There are only 5mill Swedes anyway, so it is not a big market. Apple could just leave them to their windows rubbish and leave.

  3. The astounding lack of knowlege or thought behind some of these comments hurts.

    Here aree the population numbers for Scandinavia:

    Denmark pop. 5,450,661
    Finland pop. 5,231,372
    Iceland pop. 299,388
    Norway pop. 4,610,820
    Sweden pop. 9,016,596
    Scandinavia pop. 24,608,837

    And why does a consumer rights advocacy group always cause Americans to call people socialists? You are the consumer your voice is the one the really needs to be heard.

    The only thing is that the DRM scheme is not Apple’s doing, need to go after the record companies and film studios and the RIAA and MPAA and have them start treating the consumers as customers and not criminals.


  4. This just in:

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    primary cause was cited as unexpected

    cost in attempting to support substandard

    music players manufactured by companies

    such as Microsoft, Creative Labs, Samsung

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  5. Since iPods are the most popular players by far, iTunes is the most compatible service. iTunes also has the most lenient DRM. And consumers can choose to buy their songs on CD (or whatever media format). Why is this “pro-consumer” acting like this? It’s clear that the earlier posts answer this question. Fearing public backlash when Apple pulls iTMS from these countries (and limits consumer choice), these agencies will back down and go away.

  6. “Norway’s consumer rights agency has said one of its main concerns was that iTunes limited customers’ right to freely use legally acquired products by implementing software to protect downloaded files from illegal copying and distribution,” Reuters reports.

    Okay and who says you have to buy from iTunes? Rip it to a CD and then re-rip it to mp3 and put it on any player you like. I don’t see any limiting factors here. DRM was required by the Record companies not Apple. Apple complied with there request before they were allowed to sell the music labels online. Norway can blame the record industry, not Apple. Apple could just close the store down and let them suffer with the other 10% of the online vendors who offer nothing!

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