France may force Apple and Microsoft to figure out a digital detente, making songs bought using either technology interoperable. The fact that songs bought from iTunes won't work on devices powered by Microsoft and that Microsoft Windows Media songs won't play on an iPod has been subject to criticism. Some critics state that the lack of interoperability between the two firms and their competing standards is holding the digital music industry back.
the French parliament will this Thursday decide whether to legislate to force interoperability. France's lawmakers will decide on a law which lets consumers convert digital content into any format.