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The Dutch consumer protection agency became the latest in Europe on Thursday to pressure Apple Inc. into changing restrictions that tie songs bought on iTunes to its market-leading iPod players.
Consumentenbond spokesman Ewald van Kouwen said his group had filed a formal complaint with the Dutch antitrust watchdog NMa asking for an investigation into what he called "illegal practices" by Apple's iTunes online store.
"What we want from Apple is that they remove the limitations that prevent you from playing a song you download from iTunes on any player other than an iPod," van Kouwen said.
"When you buy a music CD it doesn't play only on players made by Panasonic.
People who download a song from iTunes shouldn't be bound to an iPod for the rest of their lives."
The Dutch complaints follow similar ones from consumer-rights groups in Germany, France and the Nordic countries.