Apple won't Face EU Action on iTunes/iPod Tie-In

From Macworld UK

European regulators will not take legal action against Apple to cause it to sell music through iTunes in such a way that it can be played on any device.

EU consumer chief Meglena Kuneva yesterday said there is no reason to prosecute Apple over complaints regarding iTunes and consumer rights. European competition and consumer watchdogs have been complaining that songs sold through iTunes can only be played on Apple's media player and its iPods.

According to Reuters, Kuneva told a news conference yesterday: "I would like, really, to start this debate. What is best to develop this market and to have more consumers enjoying this really very important, very modern way of downloading and enjoying the music?"

Kuneva also confirmed that European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has found no reason to take legal action against Apple on allegations that the company is illegally forcing market development with its refusal to license its FairPlay DRM, in order that iTunes purchase play on third-party devices.

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