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Report: French Want Equal iPod Access

13 Mar, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The French government is reportedly seeking to force Apple Computer to allow consumers the ability to download content from its popular iTunes music store onto non-iPod devices.

Currently all content on iTunes, including video, can only be downloaded onto an iPod.

Christian Vanneste Rapporteur, a member of French parliament, told Reuters the proposed law would nullify piracy by circumventing digital right management safeguards on iTunes content.

“It will force some proprietary systems to be opened up,” said Vanneste. “You have to be able to download content and play it on any device.”

The law, which should be voted on March 16, is designed to promote the digital distribution of music, including online ventures.

In 2005, recorded music sales fell 8% in France, while digital music sales increased 500%, according to Reuters.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

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