Holland Latest To Oppose iTunes
January 25, 2007 at 12:58 PM (PT)
Dutch consumer protection agency CONSUMENTENBOND today became the latest such group in EUROPE to pressure APPLE into changing restrictions that tie songs bought on iTUNES for use on the iPOD, formally asking Dutch antitrust watchdog NMa to investigate what a CONSUMENTENBOND spokesman EWALD VAN KOUWEN called "illegal practices" by APPLES's iTUNES online store, AP reports.
"What we want from APPLE is that they remove the limitations that prevent you from playing a song you download from iTUNES on any player other than an iPOD," VAN KOUWEN said. "When you buy a music CD it doesn't play only on players made by PANASONIC. People who download a song from iTUNES shouldn't be bound to an iPOD for the rest of their lives."
The complaint follows similar ones from consumer-rights groups in GERMANY, FRANCE and NORWAY, the last of which gave APPLE a SEPTEMBER 30 deadline to change its rules or face legal action.