Universal Music Group has secured a 'short extension' allowing it more time to submit a written response to EU iTunes anti-trust charges.

The deadline originally expired at the beginning of June, but was extended by two weeks until midnight on Wednesday. That extension has now been extended as Universal responds to the European Commission complaint that accuses Apple's iTunes store and four major record labels of locking customers into unfair music pricing based on their European location.

A spokesman for Universal said the group had "requested, and been granted, a short extension to the deadline," without giving further details. Two other unnamed record companies have been granted an extension until June 29th. Apple claims it has always tried to operate a single pan-European iTunes store accessible by anyone from any member state but has been prevented from doing so by the record labels and publishers.