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#1 Soham

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:14

Apple's iTunes an outlaw in Norway
January 24, 2007 4:21 PM PST

Regulators in Norway have deemed Apple's iTunes Store illegal in their country because the songs won't work on anything but an iPod, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

The report said that Apple has to allow other companies access to iTunes songs by October 1 or further legal action will ensue, which could involve a shutdown of the site if taken all the way. European regulators have been taking a hard look at Apple's music business recently, with news earlier this week that France and Germany are conducting simliar investigations.

Apple has so far been able to keep the iTunes Store up and running in Europe, after an attempt by the French to pass a law mandating interoperability failed. The company told the Financial Times that "Apple hopes that European governments will encourage a competitive environment that lets innovation thrive, protects intellectual property and allows consumers to decide which products are successful."

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Sorry guys looks like Apple is now just as evil as Microsoft. But in the other hand the Microsoft helps most corps.


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:27

I may not be Norwegian but I'm in agreement with the decision.

#3 baskingridge

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:40

Talk about getting owned

#4 MaJoR

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:42

Good for them!

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:08

HOORAY FOR NORWEGIANS!!!

#6 brlmedia

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:10

wow, apple might be in trouble big time here.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:32

OWNED

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:39

^^ Seriously.

the walls come crumbling down huh Apple? ... Can ya here that? that is the sound of things falling apart. :yes:

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:45

Yay!!! Go Norgies!! :p

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:46

i think it's a complicated issue... they have a whole business model planned around the fact that the iPod is "secure" and so is their iTunes system. hence it's locked to that "pair". so using that view, they're not "wrong" per se.

but then again... it really is a crappy option :p not to mention that it causes lock-in - which is just as bad or even worse as it being just a crap "pair"

shouldn't be "illegal". should be "monopoly attempt" or a term which we have in Brazil which is "Coupled Sale" (which states that "if you want something, you must buy something else with it" is illegal)

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:51

The way I see it, Record labels use DRM to protect their content but Apple uses DRM to lock people out of choice. If iPod is so superior and will sell regardless because of style and "Apple quality", then lets test it. Keep iTunes and iPod locked together if you want, but license the DRM so people can make a choice and use the music somewhere else.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:53

I think Apple will choose to pull out of Norway rather than open up iTunes's DRM, which is ultimately bad for Norway because it means less competition.

#13 Elliott

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:55

PWNT!

Oh, wait...it's Norway. What is that? Like 1/100th of Apple's overall iTS sales (not to mention Apple doesn't make a profit from the iTS)? Yea, not pwnt.

The way I see it, Record labels use DRM to protect their content but Apple uses DRM to lock people out of choice. If iPod is so superior and will sell regardless because of style and "Apple quality", then lets test it. Keep iTunes and iPod locked together if you want, but license the DRM so people can make a choice and use the music somewhere else.

It's only the iTS that locks you into the iPod. The iPod can play any other music file that isn't DRM'd, and that's because Apple obviously isn't going to license out something like PlaysForSure for no reason. Obviously people love the iTS or else these suits wouldn't be coming up, so at least one of Apple's products is high quality.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:12

Sweet! Hopefully soon all DRM will be banished to the underworld as more and more people realise that they dont work.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:30

PWNT!

Oh, wait...it's Norway. What is that? Like 1/100th of Apple's overall iTS sales (not to mention Apple doesn't make a profit from the iTS)? Yea, not pwnt.


That's quite narrowminded.
Other countries are joining them as well. Soon maybe the whole EU. Now, that's significantly more sales.
And other countries outside of EU might be inspired too.



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