updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed March 28, 2007
Europe on iPod regulation
A top European Commission official has questioned the need for regulation of iPods in Europe, following requests by some to force the Cupertino-based company into making its iTunes Store compatible with competing portable players. "Before we jump in to regulate competition on the market it is worth asking whether competition is actually harmed," said Philip Lowe, the Commission's director general for competition. "Is there not vigorous competition between different bundles of mp3 players and music libraries?" Meglena Kuneva -- Europe's Consumer Affairs Commissioner -- earlier this month requested changes to Apple's iTunes service to make it more compatible with non-Apple formats, but clarified that she was not suggesting legal action, according to Reuters. Norway in January declared that Apple must open up its music downloads by October 1st to avoid legal action, following an exchange of words between the iPod-maker and the Scandinavian country.