iTunes declared ‘ulovlig’ in Norway

[intro]In Norway, not only is it incredibly annoying that iTunes tracks will only play on iPods, it’s also against the law[/intro] For those of you

For those of you who don’t speak the language, ‘ulovlig’ is Norwegian for illegal. And if Steve Jobs isn’t careful those Scandinavian cops could be trying out their 'good cop/bad cop' routine over the DRM-encoded files that he sells on iTunes.

It turns out that in Norway, not only is it incredibly annoying that iTunes tracks will only play on iPods, it’s also against the law. Torgeir Waterhouse from the Norwegian Consumer Council made the original complaint, and is building up a crew of heavy hitters to take iTunes to task over what I like to call its 'Digital Restrictions Management'.

‘Yeah, you and whose army?’ replied Jobbo defiantly. Well Steve, Norway is just the latest country to take offence at the way iTunes works, joining Germany, Sweden, Finland and, er, the famously pacifistic France.

The anti-iTunes posse has given Apple until 1st October to open up the download store to other MP3 players, or face the wrath of 100 million European music fans.

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