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Why UK iTunes is worth extra 12p per track

Apple is innocent, OK

I'm surprised that Interpol didn't seize Apple CEO Steve Jobs as soon as he touched foot on British soil, and clap his casually dressed arms in irons. Everyone is booing Apple for its expensive UK iTunes service right now, and the EU (usually more interested in defining the bend in bananas) is puffing up its chest against the iPod innovator.

I can't see how the EU thinks it can win in its case that Apple should charge the same in the UK as it does elsewhere in Europe when it's the record companies that forced Apple to hike its prices.

In response to the pointless EU legal action, Apple says that it "has always wanted to operate a single, pan-European iTunes store accessible by anyone from any member state, but we were advised by the music labels and publishers that there were certain legal limits to the rights they could grant us. We don't believe Apple did anything to violate EU law."

Where was the EU when record companies used to charge us up to £15 to get our hands on a single track via CD albums? It was Amazon and the Internet that forced down CD prices, and its Apple and the Internet that allow us to spend just 79p to get the music we want.

Of course it would be better to pay just 67p like our beret-wearing neighbours, but we'd also have to wade through hundreds of thousands of Eurocrap tracks before we get to The Streets or Lily Allen.

There's also much less chance of the Free Single of the Week being from some daft singer dressed in Lederhosen and blowing an alphorn.

That's worth 12p to me!

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