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    <DIV>According to the Financial Times, Norway's consumer ombudsman has ruled that Apple's iTunes music store is illegal because it does not allow downloaded songs to be played on rival firms' devices. The ombudsman has set a deadline of 1 October for Apple to make its codes available to other technology companies. If it fails to do so, it will be taken to court, fined and eventually closed down. The ombudsman's decision is the first time any jurisdiction has concluded that iTunes breaks consumer protection laws, and it could prompt other European countries to review the situation. </DIV>
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    <DIV>I have read somewhere else recently that there is a possible class action against apple on this very subject coming up in the States too. Interesting, and only a good thing for the consumer!!</DIV>
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    Good news for the consumer but it's a big topic for debate in some Mac circles (well, the ones with fanboys at least) who bang on about how unreasonable it is, how "easy" it is to get around and how people don't expect to play PS2 games on the Wii etc.

    They totally miss the point, you expect to be able to watch a video made by Sony on a Panasonic video machine so why should iTunes be any different?
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      Originally posted by Cathal
      Good news for the consumer but it's a big topic for debate in some Mac circles (well, the ones with fanboys at least) who bang on about how unreasonable it is, how "easy" it is to get around and how people don't expect to play PS2 games on the Wii etc.

      They totally miss the point, you expect to be able to watch a video made by Sony on a Panasonic video machine so why should iTunes be any different?

      Precedents both ways I suppose. I expect to be able to play my Sony CD on any CD player, and would have the royal hump if I could only play them on a Sony unit.


      But, as you mention, the video games industry works on platform specific products.


      It's only a problem if record companies give sole license to itunes for digital distribution. No issue if they're available elsewhere.
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        Remember it was only on the back of the Apple package of robust DRM software and the peculiar way the iPod is hobbled by "syncing" with a particular PC that the record companies agreed to allow their copyrighted material to be made available.

        Apple could do this because it has really specialised in the Hardware+Operating System +/Applicayions/ end to end package for decades unlike MS or Dell or Sony which only cover part of the spectrum.

        But there needs to be a better way of paying artists fairly for their efforts. The USSR used to give them a state salary, can't see that happening here though.



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