Netherlands joins the iTunes-iPod protests
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Netherlands joins the iTunes-iPod protests

Consumentenbond spokesman Ewald van Kouwen said his group had filed a formal complaint with the Dutch antitrust watchdog NMa asking for an investigation into what he called "illegal practices" by Apple's iTunes online store.

"What we want from Apple is that they remove the limitations that prevent you from playing a song you download from iTunes on any player other than an iPod," van Kouwen told the AP. "When you buy a music CD it doesn't play only on players made by Panasonic. People who download a song from iTunes shouldn't be bound to an iPod for the rest of their lives."

Currently, songs bought on iTunes are designed to play on iPods only. And iPods can't play copy-protected music from other digital music services. Apple has said it was aware of the concerns. On Monday, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told the AP the company hoped "European governments will encourage a competitive environment that lets innovation thrive."

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