EU launches antitrust probe into iTunes

The European Commission confirmed Tuesday it had opened an antitrust probe into Apple's iTunes and the way it sells music online in coordination with major music companies.

EU launches antitrust probe into iTunes

The European Commissionconfirmed Tuesday it had opened an antitrust probe into Apple's iTunes and theway it sells music online in coordination with major music companies.

The commission alleged that distribution agreements Apple has signed withthe record labels to sell their music on the iTunes online stores in EUcountries "contain territorial sales restrictions which violate" EUcompetition rules.

"Consumers are thus restricted in their choice of where to buy musicand consequently what music is available, and at what price," theCommission said in a statement.

"For example, in order to buy a music download from the iTunes' Belgianonline store a consumer must use a credit card issued by a bank with an addressin Belgium," it added.

Apple has two months to answer questions issued in the letter, thecommission said. If found guilty of violating EU competition rules, the U.S.company could face hefty fines, which in theory could total up to 10 percent ofthe company's worldwide annual turnover.

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