More news from The Senate - the French one this time - where legislation requiring Apple to open up its iTunes service to non-proprietary formats has just been passed. However, a typically French compromise means that Apple will find an easy loophole.
What no one has pointed out is that, theoretically, Microsoft is getting to be even more monopolistic since its DRM is fast becoming ubiquitous and only plays on Windows based devices.
Of course, the EU is about to fine Microsoft heavily for not unbundling its Windows Media technology from its OS.
Talk about double edged swords... Anyhow my wife (who is French) has pointed out that iTunes hardly has any French artists on the service.
The big issue is, once more, the desire of the big companies to build lucrative hardware/software models and the desire of the marketplace for common standards.