CBC in Canada reports:
Apple to give levy back to iPod owners
Mon, 08 Aug 2005
Music lovers who paid extra for their iPods because of a levy will soon be able to get their money back, Apple Canada announced Monday.
"Apple is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada let stand a lower court ruling that blank media levies on iPods are invalid, and will shortly announce a claims process so consumers can request a refund for the levies they paid," Apple said in a press release.
This tax never should have been charged in the first place. It was specifically targetted at the iPod and an unfair tax. The iPod is not a luxury item. Many that justified this tax - compared it to the luxury tax on automoblies.
What about people like me that rarely listen to music on their iPod? I use it (almost) solely as a small bootable firewire hard drive for technical purposes. Why should I have been made to pay a "music tax" for something I don't use for music? Also, I would consider every laptop to be just the same - why were laptops excluded? My guess: someone who doesn't like Apple in Canada had a lobby friend in the Canadian government.