updated 07:15 pm EDT, Thu September 18, 2008
EU wants iTunes changed
European Union competition commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and long-time rocker Mick Jagger in a meeting today, chastising Apple others for creating a varied market with its iTunes Store. Network World reports that Kroes reminded those present of the EU's intent of creating a borderless living style and marketplace among nations in the Union. Kroes made it clear that if there was any confusion over the rules, that she would explain them.
Kroes noted that Apple's varied pricing across different countries was representative of this, and stressed that if the problem was not dealt with, the EU would make steps to ensure that Apple and others comply.
"The people of Europe were promised a union, a place without borders: but on the internet they have not yet got it," said Kroes. "Progress has been made; sometimes impressive, but it is not enough. As Competition Commissioner, I want to know why. If this is because the competition rules are not clear enough, I will clarify them. If it is because the competition rules are not up to date, I will update them. And of course, if this is because the competition rules are not being respected, consumers and companies should know that I will enforce them."