Daily Archives: April 16, 2007

It has been more than two weeks since the European Commission issued formal antitrust charges against Apple and the four music majors over iTunes, but I’m still puzzled by some aspects of this affair.

As always, the Commission refused to provide details of the charges, which were communicated to the five groups in a confidential statement of objections.

Brussels merely said that the deals underpinning the sale of music through the iTunes platform appeared to amount to an "agreement to restrict competition". It added that its concerns related to the fact that users from one EU country are prevented from accessing the iTunes website in another EU country, and so can’t benefit from lower prices there.

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