In the world of downloading music from iTunes and the ever-improving technology of mp3 players, the controversy rages on in all sorts of different countries where Apple, Inc. and it’s iTunes systems are not being looked favorably upon at this current moment in time. Currently, the European Union is fighting Apple over the supposed absurdity that iTunes songs cannot be copied or given away to other users. They contend that since Apple’s iTunes music can only be listened to on Apple’s iPods, this is unfair to the other competitors within the industry as well as unfair to consumers.

Furthermore, the European Union, along with several other different countries, including Germany, France, Norway, and Finland, seem like they are all in this together. The arguments for the positions of the European Union as well as those of the countries that have been named stand upon the ground that Apple should make its songs universally available. Universally available to whom, you may ask? Whether one can believe it or not, the position that Apple should make its songs that consumers purchase and download freely available to other consumers as well as other makers of mp3 players is being fought. The European Union along with Germany, France, Norway, and Finland are telling Apple that it should find a way to make their songs freely available to others by October 1, 2007, or be forced to face legal action from the different countries. Are those countries, along with the European Union, however, encouraging illegal action, like downloading pirated music, by trying to bring down Apple, though?

Even though they contend that Apple is violating the fair competition rules, who is it for them to judge? Wouldn’t the debate most likely lie with Apple’s competitors and the other makers of the other mp3 players that are currently on the market? But the question remains, however: why should Apple be forced to cut down its software process just because it has found a unique niche within the music industry? It certainly is not violating any laws whatsoever, Apple contends, because it is not pirated music. However, the argument of the other countries with the EU begs the question: what should be done about it? Should Apple continue to have iTunes be the source of music for its consumers, or should there be a different software process for people who want to download music? The consumers, along with Apple’s competitors, need to decide!

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