The European Commission is looking into arrangements between Apple and certain major record companies which it suspects amounts to illegal territorial restrictions in relation to on-line music sales. The Apple operated iTunes website from which customers can purchase music downloads distinguishes between customers within the EU depending on their country of residence. By checking the customers' credit card details Apple only permits customers to purchase music from the on-line store in which they are resident, thus restricting their choice of where to buy and at what price. Apple and the record companies implicated now have an opportunity to answer the allegations made by the regulator.
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