“Major record companies are forcing Apple to curtail access to iTunes online stores across borders, leading to higher prices and less choice, the European Commission said on Tuesday,” David Lawsky reports for Reuters.
“The EU executive sent formal charges to Apple and the major record companies last week because consumers can only buy iTunes in their own countries and cannot shop around for cheaper prices and a broader catalogue in other states. ‘Our current view is that this is an arrangement which is imposed on Apple by the major record companies and we do not see a justification for it,’ Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd told reporters,” Lawsky reports.
Lawsky reports, “The world’s major record companies are Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI Group and Warner Music Group… ‘Apple are the managers of the iTunes store. It’s true that the focus is the major record companies,’ Todd said.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill M” for the heads up.]
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