iTunes Accused of Anti-Competitive Practices In UK
Consumers' Association has written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to highlight the possible anti-competitive practice of the music download service iTunes.
In the UK iTunes charges consumers 79 pence (approximately 120 euro cents) to download one track. In both France and Germany the cost is just 99 euro cents, leaving UK consumers to pay a price differential of around 20 percent more for an identical service.
Under European law UK consumers are supposed to enjoy the same benefits of the single market as do other citizens of member states. However, the iTunes service is set up in a way that prevents UK consumers from taking advantage of the cheaper download service offered to the French and Germans. UK consumers need to have a registered address and payment mechanisms in France or Germany to access the service or pay the higher price charged in the UK.
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