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UK GETS INTO iTUNE WITH REST OF EUROPE; Apple to lower charges.

Byline: By Louise Barnett

APPLE are to lower their UK download charges to bring them into line with the rest of Europe.

They currently charge 79p per download in the UK compared with 74p on the Continent.

Apple's pledge to cut UK prices within six months follows a European Commission probe into alleged overpricing by the company.

But they said yesterday they found no evidence of agreements between Apple and record labels over the way iTunes was run.

Apple would have faced a multi-million-pound fine if they had been found in breach of the rules.

Apple blamed the record labels for their higher UK prices, saying some of them charged them more to distribute music in the UK than elsewhere in Europe.

The firm threatened to "reconsider their continuing relationship in the UK" with any record labels who do not bring their UK prices into line with Europe.

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