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European Interop Pressure On Apple Increases

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Add Norway, Denmark and Sweden to the list of countries trying to force interoperability on Apple iTunes and iPods. A spokeswoman for the Swedish Consumer Agency told AFP iTunes’ terms and conditions are illegal in all three countries.
The IHT’s Thomas Crampton does a good job of explaining the various European efforts in the article linked to from our headline.
— Norway has given Apple until June 21 to respond to concerns. The deck seems a little stacked, though, given this comment from Bjorn Erik Thon, director of the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman office: “We are likely to rule against Apple, but it is fair to hear their point of view … Consumers should be able to play music they have purchased on any device they want.” For instance, he wants to move iTunes songs he’s purchased to his new Nokia N80. Thon says far from Apple discouraging piracy, the policy encourages it.
— As is the case with France, while iTunes is the dominant legal download site, the three countries represent an almost negligible amount of Apple’s business. Then again, a dollar here, a dollar there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.