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June 30, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Freedom Tunes, Part II

Leave it to the French.

French lawmakers gave final approval today on legislation that could force Apple Computer to open up the iPod music player and iTunes online store, according to an Associated Press report.

Currently, songs bought on iTunes can be played only on iPods, and an iPod can’t play downloads from other stores — like Sony’s Connect and Napster. You can’t even play iTunes songs on cellphones — unless you buy a iTunes phone.

Both the Senate and the National Assembly, France’s lower house, voted for the copyright bill, leading some analysts to say that it could cause Apple to close iTunes France and pull its market-leading player from the country’s shelves.

Or could it cause Apple to be more open?

What do you think?

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