Apple is currently in a dispute with the country of Norway who want the software giant to open up its iTunes store to make it possible for people with digital players other than ipods to use it.
Currently the Apple iTunes store is only available for use by consumers with ipods, meaning that people with other forms of digital music players are unable to use the iTunes store.
Why Apple has not made iTunes accessible for other types of players is a mystery due to the amount of increased revenue that they would benefit from if they did it.
“We discussed this at a meeting two weeks ago, and decided that Norway will do the test case,” Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said by telephone to the Associated Press. “This could have international consequences.”
At a meeting in February, Apple said it would look into the matter, but to date nothing has been done.
The countries of Finland, Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands are also onboard with Norway’s push to make Apple make iTunes available to other types of digital players.
“It’s a consumer’s right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded from the Internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. iTunes makes this impossible or at least difficult, and hence, they act in breach of Norwegian law,” said Thon.