Bulgaria's EU Commish Fights iTunes for Unfair Competition

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 12, 2007, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 3

Bulgaria's EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, who is in charge of consumer protection, has accused Apple Co. of unfair competition.

Talking to the German Focus magazine, Kuneva threw accusations of unfair competition at the company in connection with the sale of music for their iPods.

"Do you find it proper that a music CD can be played on all trademarks of players, but the music sold in iTunes can be played only on an iPod?" Kuneva said and added "I find it quite improper and I will do my best to change it."

Until now Apple have not responded to the challenge. Norway, which is not a EU member state also criticized the company in January and threatened the case may go to court.

Pressure on Apple grew substantially in the past few months when consumer protection organizations from Germany, France, Finland and Norway joined their efforts in the fight against iTunes.

The European Commission confirmed Kuneva's comment but stressed it represented her personal views only, not those of the Commission.

"I don't think she was stating it as a definitive policy position. At this stage it is her gut instinct," spokeswoman Helen Kearns said.
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Devil's Advocate - 13 Mar 2007 // 20:57:54

After suffering through MS windows problems I am beginning to understand your love of Apple...Dam Bill Gates and Microsoft....

Kolega - 12 Mar 2007 // 22:13:14

OK, but you can't download music from your itunes on a Sony MP3 can you?
I buy music from itunes, but the problem is that Apple doesn't have the rights for everything out there - otherwise it's very convenient.
What's inconvenient is that you have to copy stuff on to a CD and then download the CD on your "other" MP3 player.
Mr. Jobs is counting on you being too busy to go through all that trouble and get ultimate MP3 player, to match your Mac Book-Pro, or G5, or be the Apple fanatic like me, and get both.

But alas, as cruel fate should have it, just as one begins to feel complete, one wakes up with new void, a gaping hole in the otherwise happy world of the Apple geek - the I-PHONE!!!!

Meditation, Kolega, meditation!
Close you eyes, take a deep breath and pay a mental visit that happy place, bright'n shiny with all those beautiful toys and helpful staff, the place where no journey ends, but many begin - the Apple store!

Vincas Giedraitis - 12 Mar 2007 // 13:56:32

"... the music sold in iTunes can be played only on an iPod ..."

That is incorrect. Music bought on iTunes can be played on the computer itself, and / or copied to a cd to be played on any cd player. The commisioner should do more reserach before making such claims. I own an iPod and have used iTunes for years, but have never bought anything from the iTunes store. All the music in my library was copied from my personal CDs.

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