Apple lobbies for Europe-wide iTunes pricing
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 28/05/2009 09:20
Apple wants European officials to change the law so that iTunes customers across the continent can pay the same amount for their downloads no matter where they live. That's according to chief executive Steve Jobs, in documents released today by the European Commission.
Right now, the price of music and video downloads from iTunes vary wildly depending on which country you live in. But according to a report detailing meetings between senior business figures and EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes towards the end of last year, Apple is lobbying Brussels to remove the complex series of agreements that it says prevents it from selling downloads for a single price.
EU tells music industry: Sort out online licenses [AP]
EU antitrust regulators have told the music industry to move quickly and change licenses that currently restrict online music stores such as iTunes from offering the same songs for sale across Europe.
Internet music downloads in Europe lag behind those in the United States, pulling in just a fraction of revenues the record industry is losing from falling CD sales.