Norway Consumer Group to Sue Apple: Report

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DRM can’t catch a break—not that we even feel the slightest bit sorry for it. According to Reuters, a Norway consumer agency said it plans to take Apple to court over what it calls unfair barriers to playing music from the iTunes Store on devices other than the iPod.

The report said that Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon hoped other countries would follow the Norwegian example and file their own cases against the U.S. computer giant, in an effort to persuade them to open up the DRM so that it works on other company’s MP3 players.

“I want them to make their services interoperable so that you can play music bought on iTunes on other devices, including mobile phones,” Thon said in the article. “The consumer’s freedom of choice in the online music market is an important right.”

The irony in all this is that the four major American record labels have all agreed to lift DRM restrictions in other online stores, such as Napster, Rhapsody, and Amazon MP3, after Apple first posted a letter asking them to almost two years ago—but they’re withholding this luxury from Apple in an attempt to lessen the company’s online music market share.