Apple to France: Drop Dead?

Lawmakers are tinkering with legislation that threatens iTunes' proprietary technology. Don't bet on their efforts striking a chord with Jobs & Co.

French lawmakers are softening the language of a proposed law that would force Apple Computer (AAPL) and other companies that sell digital music to make their songs compatible with all the music players on the market. But the move is unlikely to quell concerns at Apple, making it very possible that the company will close its iTunes music store in France.

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