I blogged the other day about how I couldn’t get iTunes to play some of my music. I connected this with the EU’s “statement of objection” regarding “territorial restrictions.” I wanted Steve Jobs to persuade the record companies that the territorial restrictions were arbitrary and I felt that would solve my problem.
I filed a bug with Apple regarding this issue. They nearly instantly replied that this was not a bug in the engineering sense, the software was behaving as designed, and I needed to reauthorize my account with the email address and physical address with which I bought the music. I changed my settings and the music was authorized. Problem fixed.
I think I acted hastily and blogged when I should have tried to fix my problem through other means. I feel now that I ought to apologize to Apple and to my readers for not being more thorough and accurate. I hereby apologize and prepare for a large helping of crow.
Moreover I am a bit wary of the EU commission’s stated goal now upon realization that Apple is not in fact denying legally purchased music to be played in iTunes in different countries.
If their goal is to establish a single price for each song on iTunes regardless of country of purchase, shouldn’t they make sure that every country in Europe has an effective method to calculate prices across borders? Isn’t that mechanism called the Euro? Why doesn’t every country in the EU use it then? Perhaps the countries that do not use the Euro prefer the method of setting prices in their own currency but the side effect is always going to be a price difference in goods and services when currencies get converted. I think the EU does not really have much of a case, at least against Apple.