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Digital Media Market to Fragment After Microsoft EC Ruling

The European Commission hopes for a wide-open digital media market after its proposed ruling that Microsoft cannot bundle its music player with Windows. But analysts point out the irony: a ruling against Microsoft could add to consumers’ frustrations as it would support a fragmented media market and extend the ongoing format wars.

Robert Ashcroft, Sony’s European boss of Network Applications and Content Services, believes consumers will just have to learn to live with the scenario where they have to buy multiple devices if they want to buy from multiple shops…