updated 10:00 am EST, Wed February 7, 2007
Italy joins music movement
Following an official response to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' open letter on digital music, senior advisor Torgeir Waterhouse of the Norwegian Consumer Council told MacNN that Italy is joining other European countries in applying pressure to Apple and the iTunes Store. According to Altroconsumo -- the largest consumer association in Italy that prints it's own periodical magazine with tests as well as reviews -- Italy is hoping to achieve an online music market with no barriers. Altroconsumo has formally contacted the Italian Antitrust Authority, the Italian trade ministry, and the minsitry for the economic developement that Apple reviews its DRM policies for a more open model that could serve as an example for other operators and major music players, according to Macity.
The report also states that Italian consumers should have the right to use any player on the market to listen to music acquired from the iTunes store, noting that Apple's DRM is not the worst or most invasive technology but that the Cupertino-based company has become the primary focus of recent criticism due to its dominant position in the digital music marketplace.