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April 30, 2005


Well this doesn’t make much sense:

MP3 players in the Netherlands will be taxed as much as €3.28 ($4.25) per gigabyte to subsidize large music companies. This means that a 60GB iPod could incur a €196.80 ($253) tax. Considering that the 60GB iPod costs about €350 ($449) in the first place, it's obvious that MP3 player sales will crash in the Netherlands if this tax becomes law.

So the Dutch government is expecting 60GB iPod buyers not only to pay a 56% tax for storing legally recorded music (on which they’ve already paid royalties), but also for storing their personal photos and files (which last time I checked were royalty-free).

I don’t think so.

Posted by Stephen at 6:49 PM in Science + technology | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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