“Apple Inc. did not breach the law in the way its iTunes store sold downloadable songs for the iPod music player, the Dutch antitrust regulator said,” Marcel van de Hoef reports for Bloomberg. “‘Consumers who buy music through the Internet store of Apple can and may also play this music on devices other than the iPod,’ the antitrust regulator NMa said today in an e-mailed statement. ‘It appears that there’s no conditional sale.'”
“Dutch consumer organization Consumentenbond in January accused Cupertino, California-based Apple of abusing its ‘considerable market power.’ The iTunes online store sells music with copyright protection software, which makes it harder to play songs on devices other than Apple’s iPod,” van de Hoef reports. “The consumer organization won’t appeal NMa’s decision, Ewald van Kouwen, a spokesman for Consumentenbond, said.”
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What we really need now is a study, fact-finding mission, and lawsuit — all rolled into one, and throw in a smear campaign, too — designed to figure out why stupid pain-in-the-asses waste so much damn time for themselves and others over blatantly obvious nonsense.