Norway Forces Apple To Open Up iTunes


Considerable coverage today about Norway, joined by consumer groups in Germany and France, putting the pressure on Apple to embrace interoperability of iTunes so that tracks bought from the store can be played back on other devices. Norway is the first country to legally force Apple to take action. The Norwegian consumer ombudsman has set a deadline of October 1 for Apple to make its Fairplay DRM codes available to other companies, or face possible closure.

Other European countries are said to be considering joining the campaign. iTunes goes against the grain of what empowered users increasingly expect from their content experiences (namely content on their terms and on the devices of their choice). Apple

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