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Yesterday TUAW reported that Apple, Adobe and Microsoft representatives would be meeting today with members of the Australian Parliament to address allegations that the companies charge an unreasonable markup on IT products sold in the country. That meeting was held today, with an Apple VP putting the blame squarely onto the shoulders of media rights holders.
Apple Australia VP Tony King (right) was questioned about the pricing disparities, which a MacStories study showed are particularly onerous for Australians purchasing music through iTunes. According to King, “The pricing of this digital content is based on the wholesale prices which are set through negotiated contracts with the record labels, movie studios and TV networks.”
King noted that Apple’s iTunes pricing in the country is “comparable to other Australian and online stores,” and said that “the content industry still runs with the perhaps old-fashioned notions of country borders or territories or markets,” which creates confusion for customers.
Labor MP Ed Husic, part of the committee raising the inquiry on IT pricing, asked King if Apple might be able to influence the price of digital content in Australia. King replied that it was all up to the rights holders, but added that Apple “would love to see cheaper, lower prices in the Australian market.”
Apple Australia VP puts markup blame on media rights holders originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Amid record earnings and continually strong sales at its retail outlets, Apple is reportedly planning to open stores in Stockholm, Vancouver and South Perth, while rumors point to a second Seattle location.
In a California court ruling on Friday, an AT&T customer who saw a reduction in his iPhone’s download speed due to high usage was awarded $ 850 on claims that the telecom’s throttling measures are unfair to consumers.
Apple has begun selling 8-gigabyte iPhone 4 models manufactured in Brazil to customers in that country, though prices on the units remain unchanged.
Apple TV users in Australia, Canada and the U.K. can now purchase and stream episodes of television shows directly to Apple’s set-top box without the need for a computer.
Though Apple’s recently launched iTunes Match service isn’t expected to be hugely profitable for the company, it is viewed as an important service that will further tie customers into the iTunes ecosystem and Apple’s hardware.
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As is its custom, the Earth continues to spin on its axis while many of us in the States are working off our turkey and stuffing comas with a solid nap/some football on TV. That means that the expected Apple Store discount offers for Black Friday are already up and running in parts of the world where Friday coincides with now.
The Apple Store Australia’s discount page gives a solid preview of what US customers should expect tomorrow: about 10% off most-wanted products like the iPad, iPod touch and MacBook Air. While these discounts are certainly welcome, you might find as-good or better deals at Amazon, MacMall or big-box retailers; you can also check in with our pals at Dealmac for the latest savings.
Happy shopping, and happy Thanksgiving!
[hat tip to Macgasm]
Apple Store Black Friday discounts already live… in Australia originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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