British consumer watchdog group Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? magazines and books, on Wednesday announced that they've written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) alleging that Apple may be unfairly pricing songs sold through the UK version of its iTunes &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/fun/2001/09/27/16348.html' target=_blank>Music Store.
But they appear to be one of the few people who think so, if the comments of the organization's own head of policy is any indication. While Apple sells songs in Germany and France for Ђ0.99, it sells songs in the UK for Ј0.79, or about Ђ1.20.
"Under &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2003/11/18/51337.html ' target=_blank>European law UK consumers are supposed to enjoy the same benefits of the single market as other citizens of member states.
However, the iTunes service is set up in a way that prevents UK consumers from taking advantage of the cheaper download service offered to the French and Germans -- UK consumers need to have a registered address and payment mechanisms in France or Germany to access the service or pay the higher price charged in the UK," said the group in a statement, MacWorld News reported.
According to the Forbes, "There appears to be considerable evidence that the iTunes set-up is prejudiced against the U.K. public and distorts the very basis of the single market," said Phil Evans of the Consumers' Association.
"The underlying economic model in each country has an impact on how we price our track downloads," Apple said in a statement.