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EU to Apple, Big Four: EMI Deal Is Nice, But Suck on This Antitrust Investigation

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The European Commission is investigating Apple and its good buddy EMI, along with the rest of the Big Four (Sony BMG, Universal and Warner) for antitrust violations because iTunes charges different prices in different countries. British folk, for instance, apparently get a sweet €0.17 discount per track for not living in mainland Europe. The EU thinks that's a load of crap—anticompetitive crap, to be precise—and wants the price to be the same in every EU country.

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For its part, Apple's saying that they too, wants identical pricing across the continent from the very bottom of its heart, but those damn record labels won't let them. Where have we heard that before?

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To cut them some slack though, as Ars does, dealing with legal labyrinths that cut across national borders undoubtedly causes quite the headache, and practically it would probably be easier for Apple to just offer one store for everyone, regardless of location, simply slightly localized. So we'll take Apple at their word, for now.

EU investigating Apple, Big Four labels over country-specific pricing [Ars Technica]

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falconfire-old
Falconfire

anti-trust investigations by the EU have consistently been good for consumers, whether it was when they investigated microsoft a few years back, or apple and the record labels now.. i really don't get how people can complain when the EU is trying to ensure *lower* prices on music, a *more* competitive environment, and is consistently anti-DRM!

Actually this i kinda a fallacy, the EU while ruling many times in favor of anti-trust laws, has yet to actually CHANGE anything. In fact they have yet to actually collect on any major "win."

Case in point, Microsoft still has a monopoly in europe with most of its code base still sealed up years after losing. This case is part two of a case they held against just the big 5 in years back which basically was about the same thing, the 5 lost, and just continued on doing what they did while flaunting it in the EUs face that they had no authority to tell them what to do.

All thats different this time is the EU got Apple involved too... but we all know how the EU feels about Apple. Funny enough the same people going after Apple are investors in a rival music sharing company in Europe.