Apple Under Fire From E.U. In Wake Of France’s iPod Bill

Law360, New York (March 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Following France’s move aimed at forcing Apple Computer Inc. to give rival companies access to exclusive file formats used by iPod and iTunes, the European Commission has initiated a probe into Apple’s music pricing policies.

The Commission’s investigation will focus only on the pricing of music sold by Apple’s iTunes online store, not its interoperability with other online music software.

Lawmakers in the National Assembly, France's lower house, approved the legislation earlier this week in a move that threatens to force Apple out of France—the third-largest...
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