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EU receives Apple's iTunes response

updated 09:00 am EDT, Thu June 21, 2007

Apple responds to EU

Apple has finally responded to the European Commission's request for a response relating its antitrust concerns over the pricing of iTunes songs. The commission, which had extended the deadline earlier in the month, verified that Apple had filed a response by the midnight deadline on June 20th, but declined to provide details on the response or possible action. "They answered yesterday and we are studying (the response) carefully at this point,' a commission spokesperson told Thomson Financial. According to the report, the commission is concerned that the iTunes business model in the European market prohibits users in one country from downloading music from a website intended to serve another and that those restrictions create pricing differences for users in different parts of Europe.

In addition to Apple, the EU sent statement of objections to the major record companies in April: one record company responded before the first deadline, set for midnight on June 4, while two others, including Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, were granted an extension until June 29, the report claimed.




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  1. Ben Lawson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Down to the Labels?

    I suspect that this has nothing to do with Apple at all. It's most likely a product of the byzantine distribution contracts the record labels have in place since time immemorial.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    shooting the messenger

    Ben is absolutely right but that won't stop the EU from shooting the messenger. It far easier to murder the messenger than defeat the entire army.

  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Another "editorial"

    MacNN usage of the phrase "finally responded" in the first line of its story is an unnecessary editorial comment and does nothing to improve MacNN's poor reputation as a legitimate journalist site. Apple responded on time and the fact that they waited until the last day to do so shouldn't be taken as anything more than what it is.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    finally responded

    Bah! Apple responded on the last day of the SECOND (extended, because they missed the first) deadline.

    In that light, you are incorrect in your assessment, shmoolie.

    They are not unduly pointing out Apple's response time. It's in the records, after all.

  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Humbug

    They didn't miss the first deadline, they got an extension.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i bet...

    I bet I know what Apple's response was: Don't look at me, they made me do it...

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