updated 11:25 am EDT, Thu September 6, 2007
Apple, labels face EC
Apple and the big music labels are preparing to attend a closed meeting with the European Commission regarding concerns over iTunes Store pricing. The commission will meet with Apple and its partners on the 19th and 20th of September to discuss antitrust claims of unfair pricing for online music sales, which stem from Europeans paying different prices for iTunes tracks that vary by region. Apple also restricts shoppers from browsing musical tracks outside of any specific region, locking shoppers into their local store without allowing purchases from other neighboring European iTunes Stores. Apple has stated that it seeks a single set price for all European iTunes customers, but that the record labels continue to prevent such change, according to Macworld UK.