updated 08:45 am EST, Fri February 25, 2005
EC probes iTunes pricing
The European Commission (EC) has confirmed it is looking into allegations that Apple's iTunes Music Store by charging them more to download the same song than it charges other European music buyers. 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. 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 a consumer group. The issue the commission must examine is Apple's refusal to allow cross-border shopping, which could be in contravention of European Union laws. The EC last year called on Europe's music licensing agencies to develop a common framework and pricing structure.