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Apple defends iPod-iTunes compatibility in Scandinavia

In a 50-page response to Scandinavian regulators, Apple firmly defended its closed system of iTunes downloads playing on only iPods, indicating that it is not willing to change its business model by opening up its copy-protection technology. Norway’s consumer agency said it was disappointed with Apple’s letter, while the Swedish consumer society said that Apple had “given in to some demands but not to others.” As previously reported, the consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claim that the current iPod and iTunes model violates contract and copyright laws in their countries. According to the AP, Apple “asserted that the demands of the Scandinavian agencies are outside of their authority, specifically as they relate to copyright and digital rights management rules.”

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1

iTunes downloads only play on iPods? I listen to iTunes downloads on my laptop and I can burn CD’s. Am I too weeded to read the damn thing? What am I missing? The blogger meant to indicate portable MP3 players as the subject?

Posted by Oranse Taylor on August 3, 2006 at 7:08 PM (PDT)

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Tell those folks in Scandinavia about 2 step process (for portable players):

1) Burn a CD (2 Cents and a good backup anyway)
2) Convert the CD to MP3 (with iTunes or any other software).

The MP3 plays on any music player, so the ‘Apple’ problem is solved. I imagine buyers of an MP3 player have the technical ‘experties’ required for those two steps.

Posted by nyalien in New York on August 4, 2006 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

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