France is introducing legislation that would make it legal for consumers to defeat copy protections on music to allow the music to be played on multiple platforms. If the legislation passes, consumers would be able to download music from iTunes and play the music on non-apple players. The threat to Apple’s iPod market share may be just enough to cause Apple to pull its iTunes service out of France. This new legislation comes as happy news to consumers becoming more and more disgruntled with music they purchased, but cannot use on devices or computers of their choice.
As some will remember, back in 2002, Apple pulled the iPod off French shelves until a modified version could be produced for the French market which produced sounds less than 100 decibels, in keeping with French law.