Friday, June 09, 2006

Now That You Have It, You See Why We Didn't Want To Give It To You?

As reported by MacMinute:

Apple's iTunes under new attacks in Europe

Apple is gaining increasing pressure in Europe for its iTunes policies and practices. "Government protection agencies in Norway and Sweden want Apple to allow customers to play iTunes-downloaded music on devices made by other companies, as does the British recording industry's trade association," notes the story. "The report noted an Apple spokesman comment to a Norwegian Web site as saying the company would try to settle without closing its Scandinavian operations."

* Similar efforts are being discussed by politicians in France.

* UK politicians discussed unfair pricing (because iTunes songs were priced higher in the UK due to more restrictive licensing).

* Canadians wanted a special tax on iPods.

I find this very ironic ... I hated visiting forum after forum where the wonks and wonkettes from Europe and other countries were complaining about there not being an iTunes Music Store in their country. Then, almost a year later, Apple delivered and has had an uphill battle with making profits in these international stores due to crazy licensing terms, determination to kill Apple's business model, and in my personal opinion, politicians in these "other countries" being paid off by Apple's Competition (Creative, Real, etc)

I suppose these countries don't understand that litigating and defending the iTunes Business model (unnecessarily) costs Apple a small fortune and therefore makes it next to impossible for Apple to EVER lower prices or have a consistent pricing scheme worldwide.


Anonymous said...

You're assuming that the politicians of these countries represent the wishes of the population. I can think of another country where the politicians are pretty f-ed up and create laws the general public don't necessarily wan't/agree with.*

* starts with U and ends in S.

FYT said...

Agreed ... however my point is that International iTunes costs everyone. It's ridiculous that Apple has to put time, money, and energy to debate this. There's no impropriety in DRM. If you don't like it, don't buy it!