European Consumer Groups Unite to Pressure iTunes

Consumer groups in Germany, France, Norway, and Finland are in talks with consumer authorities in Sweden, Denmark, and the U.K. The countries are pressuring Apple for a unified iTunes policy in Europe. At the top of the list of demands is interoperability. The only way to get music to non-iPod devices takes four steps: download to PC, burn to CD, rip back to PC and finally load to music player. For computer illiterate users, which easily make up the majority of iTunes customers, that's asking too much.

"Several consumer agencies in Europe have taken action separately against Apple's policy of locking iTunes customers to a single brand of music player, the iPod. By uniting, we believe we'll be able to create greater pressure for Apple to accept our demands," said Katia Mrowka, legal expert at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations.

News source: InfoWorld

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I still belive apple answer should be: Yah! Bring play for sure support for the mac and then we will talk.

But the chance of apple doing anything of the sort are slim to nill. Damn control freaks. Do i can't say they are wrong since it seem to be working wonderfuly for them.

Darkinspiration said,
I still belive apple answer should be: Yah! Bring play for sure support for the mac and then we will talk.

What are you talking about? ANYONE can license the PlaysForSure technology from Microsoft if they want, it would be no problem for Apple to incorporate this into MacOS, iTunes and iPod's IF they wanted. But they don't.

Apple's FairPlay DRM technology however, is totally closed and is not available for ANY other hardware manufacturer in the world, not even software makers! Apple refuses to license it's technology to others to basically LOCK their customers into using 1 application: iTunes - and 1 piece of hardware: iPod.

It's much worse than the hype around WMP in XP ever was! You simply have NO CHOICE at all regarding the Apple FairPlay DRM technology, on XP i've always had the CHOICE to install another mediaplayer however, even though if WMP always was integrated from the first boot.

You don't have CDs that only play in a particular manufacturer's drive so why should we have digital music that is tied down? It is disgusting that Apple has been allowed to get away with it for so long and it is good to see countries finally uniting against them.

guylaroche said,
If the EU does anything about this, it will be the first good thing they've done against corporations in a very long time...

The EU isn't doing this, the involved countries are. Norway for example is not a part of the EU, they only have a tradeagreement with the EU.

Another EU expert who
1: doesn't live in the EU
2: doesn't know what the EU is.
3: doesn't know what the EU actually does
4: doesn't understand that the high profile lawsuits where/are really about (some where unfjustufied perhaps, but certainly not all, such as the intel one)
5: think that all the EU does is the high profile stuff.

>If the EU does anything about this, it will be the first good thing they've done against corporations in a very long time...

That's pure bull****, the EU has forced mega corporations like banks and telecom companies to abandon practices detrimental to European consumers, you obviously don't live in the EU or live under a rock.

Good call, you wouldn't believe the spelling & grammar mistakes at these news sites - but I didn't expect one in the title x)