Apple accused of ripping off Britain

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK has not taken up the request of the Consumer Association yesterday that Apple is “ripping-off” UK Music lovers.
According to Macworld UK a spokesperson this morning told them that: "We have received that letter (from the CA). We are aware of this and it's an issue we are monitoring." The OFT is "considering" its position. "We look at each case on its merits", she said.

The issue has arisen due to Apple charging different European countries different rates for downloading tracks off the iTunes Music Download store. Currently UK consumers pay 79p per track whereas our French and German users only pay 67p per track even though the song actually come from the same central server.

Apple has denied the charge, saying that UK fans are used to paying higher prices for music and its pricing structure was in line with other British online stores.