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Apple, music labels face European Commission

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.




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  1. maccam

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good

    Prices in the UK are higher across the board. While they are at it I hope they look at the price of every other consumer item.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple

    Why do they need to speak to Apple?

    Its the record companies who set the terms when they license the music to Apple.

    Apple could very easily sell their music in all markets, but its a license issue rather than a technical problem.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    UK pays...

    some ironeous 17% tax called VAT_ Value Added Tax_

    I'm in the States and found out about this when I was shopping for somehting on the BBC website_

    I only pay a state sales tax between 7-8%_

    Poor f****** Europeans_ IF you want better pricing change thae laws that your governments dictate_ If you don;t like your government - Overthrow it like we did_

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