Apple not happy about French iTunes revolution

By Derek Sooman on March 22, 2006, 1:39 PM
Apple is none too happy about news that the France's National Assembly has decided to open up access to its iTunes catalogue to other players than the market dominant iPod. Approved yesterday, the draft law has caused shock waves across the industry. Apple has called the move state-sponsored piracy, claiming that as a result, legal music sales will plummet just when legitimate alternatives to piracy are starting to get somewhere.

What the law would mean is that the link between iTunes and the iPod would be broken, with other portable music players given access to Apple's store, the French version of the iTunes Music Store. Potentially, Apple could exit the French market rather than comply.

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vigilante said:
Viva La France!! Way to go!How could breaking a monopolistic dictatorship be ANYTHING but a good thing? Stinking Apple. How could this hurt anything? But maybe it will bring MORE customers who have other players to start using iTunes and buying music in the store.Though I personaly hate iTunes anyway, you are NOT "buying" anything, call it a lease rather.
DragonMaster said:
Apple's just ripping you off with their products. Overpriced, and works only with Apple products. They have no reason to be unhappy.
eko said:
F**** them. And VIVE LA FRANCE!Right you are ,DragonMaster!
Didou said:
If you download songs via iTunes, you simply need to burn them as an audio CD. Once that is done, you can do whatever you wish it. You can rip it in any format you want, etc.It's 128 Kbps in AAC, so it's not quite the same as a normal audio CD but it's a start. There are far worse system & why not try to encourage them to enhance this one rather then simply bash it ?
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