The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to major record companies and Apple for having agreed territorial restrictions by which consumers are unable to buy music from iTunes on-line stores other than those of their country of residence. The restriction means that UK citizens, for instance, are prevented from buying music from i-Tunes stores of other EU countries, where the price is typically lower. This is a breach of EU competition rules, according to the Commission. The parties now have two months to submit their responses to the Commission's accusations.