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If only...digital music sales crossing borders

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The EU is probing Apple about the arbitrarily territorial nature of iTMS (though its not really specific to Apple). I've wondered why the record companies pretend that territorial borders actually mean anything in a digital world, when the business world has been opening global business markets.

The article didn't seem completely clear if its government copyright issues or just an arcane way of doing business. Probably both, I imagine.

I doubt this will actually result in much of a change anytime soon, but it will be fantastic if it does happen. Those in the UK & US have it best, as they both host a lot of bands and cross-distribution often occurs quickly (though I've had to wait up to 15 months for some UK releases). I seem to recall the iTMS catalog in Australia was pretty weak because of all these artificial borders.

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The good thing about having Apple involved is that they've had some success in the past at forcing the record industry (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. The bad thing about having Apple involved is that we'll likely be kept in the dark throughout the entire process, and we won't know if they're succeeding or actually even doing anything.
 

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Good point. I was thinking just selection-wise, but price-wise iTMS really seems to be gouging the UK.
 

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IIRC current UK prices are 79p (~$1.53). I recall reading that about 12p (~$.23) of that is the VAT. Considering that the downloads are not taxed in the US, that makes a rather large difference. Without the VAT, the price would still be ~$1.20 though. My point here is that not all of the price difference is Apples doing.

Are there other taxes on the iTunes downloads in the UK or just the VAT?
 

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I just heard an album I liked, and went to Amazon to see how much it was. $23, twice as much as most CDs. Its an "import", not meaning its any more imported than other CDs from non-US labels, but that there label isn't distributing it in the US yet.

Its not just digital music where this territoriality is costing us.
 
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