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Sept. 26th to mark second wave of international iPhone 6 launches

09/11, 11:50am

Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26th, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27th.

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Apple on Campus program no longer available in Belgium, Switzerland

08/27, 1:33pm

Online store discounts 'still valid'

The Apple on Campus program -- which lets students buy discounted Macs and accessories through their school -- has been halted in Belgium and Switzerland, according to Apple officials. "Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid," says a spokesperson for Apple Switzerland. Those prices are not as cheap as those that were available through Apple on Campus, however. One exception to the discontinuations is a program in Switzerland known as Neptune.

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Apple opens first 'open-air' temp shop in Switzerland's Glattzentrum

07/31, 10:55am

Permanent location undergoing expansion

As anticipated, Apple has launched its first-ever "open-air" temporary store, located inside of the Glattzentrum mall in Wallisellen, Switzerland. The mall's primary Apple Store is undergoing an expansion. Workers won't say how long construction is expected to last, but the temporary shop has opened earlier than rumored, which could mean that the expansion will be ready in time for product launches expected in September and October, such as new iPhones and iPads.

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Swiss Apple Store expansion may require first 'open-air' temp shop

07/25, 9:46am

Black facade appears in middle of mall

Apple is building its first-ever "open-air" provisional store in Switzerland, a local report says. Macprime notes that as far back as March, it learned that the Glattzentrum Apple Store in Wallisellen, just outside of Zurich, is expanding into a neighboring space formerly occupied by Läderach. Within the past several days though, an area in front of the shop -- but separate -- has been surrounded with a black facade, and even a curtain so that people wandering Glattzentrum's upper floor can't see in.

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Fourth Switzerland Apple Store opens to large crowds

07/13, 4:06am

Edinburgh store now predicted to open August 2

Despite the country's relatively small population, support for Apple in Switzerland seems to be very healthy: the company just opened its fourth outlet, this time in the town of Basel, earlier this weekend. The new store adheres to the standard new layout, but because of the shopping district it is located in, the store sports somewhat unusual operating hours. The next Apple Store unveiling will again be outside the US -- this time in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is thought to be opening on August 2.

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Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to 16 more regions

07/10, 4:51pm

Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong among new places

Apple's Volume Purchase Program is coming to 16 more locations in the near future, according to pages on the company's Business and Education sites. Most of the new regions are in Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Also joining in are Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Fourth Swiss Apple Store to open in Basel on July 12

07/08, 3:00pm

Facility under construction for months

Apple is opening a new outlet in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 at 10AM local time, according to the company's website. The shop will be based in Freie Strasse, well-known as a shopping and restaurant district. Regular operating hours will be relatively limited, however: Monday to Wednesday, the store will be open from 9AM to 6:30PM. It will close at 6PM on Saturdays, and will not reopen until the following Monday. Only on Thursdays and Fridays will people be able to shop until 8PM.

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Apple announces slate of 2014 summer Apple Camps

06/17, 9:18am

Includes separate iMovie, iBooks workshops

Apple has opened registration for the 2014 edition of its annual Apple Camps. The program is aimed at teaching creative projects to kids aged 8 to 12 while simultaneously promoting Apple products. This year, two sets of three-day workshops are available: one is dedicated to creating a short film using iMovie and the iPad version of GarageBand, while the other involves producing an interactive book using iBooks Author and illustrations done on an iPad.

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8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

04/16, 9:24am

Model still not available in US

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland.

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Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss watchmakers

03/28, 12:16pm

Swatch turning away partnership deals

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."

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European AppleCare+ expansion narrowed to six countries

08/30, 3:31pm

Apple partnering with AIG

Apple's rumored European expansion of AppleCare+ will initially reach just six countries, sources say. A launch is reportedly "imminent" in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, although no exact dates are available. Apple is said to be partnering with AIG on the service; local AppleCare and Genius Bar workers started training for AppleCare+ earlier this week.

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New Apple Stores coming to France, China, Brazil, Turkey, elsewhere

08/28, 2:31pm

Apple makes heavy international push

Details have emerged on several new international Apple Stores. Aside from a new Tokyo location, Apple is reportedly working on another Parisian outlet, this time around Saint-Germain-des-Prs. It's not clear when Apple will move in, but the target building's current tenants are said to have staggered leave dates ranging from next month to the end of March 2014.

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Japan, seven other countries get iTunes in the Cloud for movies

08/08, 9:22am

Expansion efforts center around Europe

Apple has officially expanded the reach of iTunes in the Cloud movie support to eight more countries. Of these, Japan may be the most prominent, although the other countries are located entirely within Europe. The list includes Austria, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

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36 carriers getting LTE for iPhone, iPad next week

01/23, 6:33pm

Expansion may be essential for successful future

Next week, 36 more carriers supporting the iPhone and/or iPad will be getting LTE, Apple revealed during today's Q1 results call. Although the company didn't name specific carriers, it did note that they're spread across regions including Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and the Philippines. "Several" countries in the Middle East should be getting LTE.

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Apple running independent LTE tests for iPhone 5

11/30, 11:37am

Company testing carriers before allowing phone on networks

Apple has been running its own LTE tests before offering the iPhone 5 to carriers, according to Telecoms.com. The site says it first heard about the testing in October, but this week heard from a Swisscom spokesperson, who stated that "Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operators live network." The situation is the reverse of what normally happens in the cellphone industry, where carriers vet phones to prevent substandard hardware from impairing their networks or tarnishing their reputations.

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Germany getting TV shows for Apple TV, iTunes in the Cloud

10/04, 1:22pm

Apple continues slow video expansion

Apple appears to be in the process of rolling out TV shows to the Apple TV and iTunes in the Cloud in Germany, reports say. A TV option is showing up in the Apple TV's interface, and lists shows as available for purchase, though not for rent, which was previously the case with the German version of the iTunes Store. Confusing the situation further is that some people have seen the Movies item removed from the main section of the Apple TV UI, though that could be temporary.

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Apple to meet with SBB over iPad Clock app dispute

09/24, 1:14pm

'No agreement so far,' says SBB

Representatives from Apple are set to meet with people from Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) "in coming days or weeks," according to a spokeswoman for the latter company. "There's been no agreement so far, we're going to talk about it," Patricia Claivaz tells Agence France-Presse. SBB and watchmaker Mondaine have threatened action against Apple over the new Clock app in iOS 6, arguing that the faux-analog clocks it displays are similar to a design created in 1944 by engineer Hans Hilfiker, used at stations by SBB, and later licensed to Mondaine.

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Swiss railway, watch firms angry over new iPad Clock app

09/20, 3:24pm

App borrows look from Swiss clock design

Two Swiss companies -- Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and watchmaker Mondaine -- are considering pursuing Apple over the new Clock app in the iPad version of iOS 6, according to Blick.ch. The look of the clocks in the app is said to resemble a design originally used in Swiss railway stations and currently licensed by Mondaine. A spokesman for SBB, Reto Kormann, says that the railway has already contacted Apple, while Mondaine CEO Andr Bernheim has confirmed an intent to go after Apple.

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Swiss courts backtrack on Street View censorship ruling

06/08, 12:50pm

Government to provide allowance for shown faces

Switzerland's supreme court has issued a ruling that provides flexibility for censored faces in Google's Street View images, after lower courts issued zero-tolerance demands. If the previous decision had been enforced, the search giant could have faced penalties if its automated face-blurring system failed to obscure every individual contained in the panoramic images of Swiss streets.

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Apple unveils new iPad with sharper screen, faster processor

03/07, 1:50pm

Upgraded with Retina Display, quad-core A5X chip

Apple today announced the third-generation iPad at an event in San Francisco. The device's main feature is a 2048x1536 Retina Display, twice the resolution of the iPad 2, rated at 264 pixels per inch; existing apps will be upscaled automatically. Color saturation is said to be 44 percent higher. The tablet also makes the switch to a new dual-core but quad graphics processor, the A5X, which Apple says is built with the Retina Display in mind. Interface-wise the tablet has been improved with features like voice dictation.

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iPhone 4S ships to 22 new countries, sold out in Singapore

10/28, 1:20pm

Shipping times still averaging 1-2 weeks

The iPhone 4S is now formally on sale in 22 more countries, following an expansion of preorders exactly a week ago. For the time being Apple has adopted a European focus; new regions include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. More regions should be added over the course of the next several months.

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New iPhone 4S preorders open in 22 countries

10/21, 9:30am

Ireland, Spain, Sweden among major regions

Apple has opened up iPhone 4S preorders to 22 previously unserved countries. The phone is now available in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Shipping times are typically listed at one to two weeks, a delay consistent with the US online store.

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iTunes music reaches 12 European nations, iBookstore hits 26

09/29, 10:55am

Apple adds bulletpoints for upcoming iPhone event

Apple has dramatically expanded the presence of iTunes in Europe, reports say. In addition to Poland, the iTunes Music Store is now accessible in 11 more European countries. The remainder of the list includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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iTunes Connect undergoes downtime ahead of Lion

07/13, 9:45am

Some regions temporarily barred from selling apps

iTunes Connect is officially scheduled to undergo maintenance today between 9AM and 4PM Pacific time, developers reveal. The service represents the backend of iTunes, the means by which people submit audio, video and applications. Apple is cautioning app developers to avoid making pricing changes during the downtime, since that will cause an app to disappear from sale until the maintenance is over. At that point an app should return with its new pricetag.

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Jobs sought cancer treatment in Switzerland in 2009

01/18, 3:20pm

Information kept secret by Apple, Fortune

Unbeknownst to the public, Steve Jobs traveled to Basel, Switzerland in early 2009 to seek cancer treatment, newly disclosed information reveals. The secret was passed on to a Fortune reporter by Jerry York, a former member of Apple's board of directors who died in March of last year. Jobs is specifically said to have made the trip to undergo an unusual hormone-delivered radiological treatment to cope with neuroendocrine cancer.

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Apple TV now in Austria, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland

11/11, 3:10pm

More launches expected soon

Apple has greatly expanded the international reach of the new Apple TV, bringing it to Mexico and Japan, as well as several European countries including Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Some sample prices include a cost of 119 in Italy, and 129 CHF in Switzerland. Both of those regions should now have HD movie rentals via the iTunes Store.

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Movies coming to Swiss, Italian, Spanish stores?

11/08, 1:55pm

Video lags well behind music, app availability

Apple may be on the verge of making movies officially available in several more European countries, an Italian site claims. Macity notes that the option is, for instance, appearing for some iTunes and Apple TV users in Italy, although only by roundabout means; the option doesn't yet show in the iTunes Store's drop-down menus. A selection of movies is already present, such as Aliens, Avatar and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief .

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Apple confirms 17 iPhone 4 launches for Friday

07/26, 10:50am

Prominent launches include Australia, Canada

Apple has confirmed plans to release the iPhone 4 in 17 more regions on Friday. In North America, Canada will finally get the device; the bulk of additional launches are in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Elsewhere, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will begin sales.

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Shipping times extend for international iPad pre-orders

05/12, 9:25am

Launch-day stock quickly evaporates

Apple is already pushing out the shipping times for international iPad pre-orders, checks show. The first wave of tablets is set to ship on May 28th, to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. All of Apple's online storefronts in those countries now display a June 7th shipping date for new customers.

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More international iPad pricing appears

05/08, 5:30pm

Softbank offers installment, subcription plans

More pricing details have come out for the international iPad, which launches on May 28th. Japanese carrier Softbank has announced intentions to sell both the tablet and various data plans. Paying upfront, Wi-Fi iPads are 48,960, 59,040 and 68,880 yen, for 16, 32 and 64GB capacities; 3G models are 61,920, 72,000 and 81,840 yen.

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Prices emerge for UK, Euro iPads, Orange UK 3G support

05/07, 12:40pm

Substantially more expensive than in US, Canada

Apple has confirmed pricing for the UK versions of the iPad, launching on May 28th. The base 16GB Wi-Fi model will cost 429, with VAT included. Prices rise to 499 for 32GB, and 599 for 64GB. A 100 premium applies to each capacity when choosing a 3G edition of the tablet.

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International iBookstores to launch in tandem with iPads

05/07, 11:45am

Not all countries confirmed

Most or all countries getting the iPad on May 28th will also get iBooks and access to the iBookstore at the same time, Apple has disclosed. So far confirmed are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK. France, Germany and Switzerland are likely to have iBooks support as well, but this has yet to be mentioned by Apple.

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First international iPads to ship on May 28th

05/07, 8:55am

Second wave of countries due in July

Clearing up a formerly ambiguous timetable, Apple has announced that the international launch of the iPad is now set for May 28th. Nine regions will get the tablet initially: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. A second wave is only expected in July, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

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Swiss government rejects iPhone trademark application

04/01, 8:50pm

iPhone described as a non-distinctive trademark

Switzerland's Federal Administrative Court has upheld an earlier rejection of Apple's trademark application for the term "iPhone," according to Managing IP. The Trademark Office originally denied the application last summer, claiming the "i" distinction could be interpreted as a generic term for "Internet phone" or "information phone."

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Wi-Fi iPad to launch on April 3rd

03/05, 8:55am

Slight delay past original claims

Apple has at last set a formal release date for the first iPad models. Wi-Fi only iPads will go on sale in the US on April 3rd, in an unusual Saturday launch. Online pre-orders however are set to begin March 12th, for both Wi-Fi- and 3G-ready tablets. Sales in other countries -- namely Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK -- will only begin in late April, but all regions will have access to 3G models at that point.

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Zurich Apple Store opening draws large crowd

05/22, 12:35pm

Zurich Apple Store opening

The grand opening of Apple's latest store in Switzerland has drawn large crowds, as shown in images posted by the Italian Mac-enthusiast site Macitynet. The building, located at 77 Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, offers over 4,300 square feet of space and employs 70 staff members. The layout is split between two levels, with unique utilization of the below-ground area for a Genius Bar. Following the typical Apple Store design, the architects integrated a large proportion of glass and stainless steel.

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iPhone sales slow in UK, help grow Swisscom

11/05, 9:35am

UK, Swiss iPhone sales

UK sales of the iPhone have diminished in recent weeks, sources claim. Regional carrier O2 is said to be selling between 18,000 and 20,000 phones per week, down from recently-quoted levels of about 27,000, and an early high of 50,000. The reason for the decline is uncertain, but is said to be attributable to the Android-based T-Mobile G1, and Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm, both of which have been highly anticipated and are due to release soon in the UK.

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Geneva Apple Store opening Sept. 29th?

09/15, 3:30pm

Geneva Apple Store info

The first Apple Store in the Swiss city of Geneva will be opening September 29th, according to a tipster for MacNN. The source claims that a staff meeting was held at the Warwick Hotel in downtown Geneva last week, and that the actual retail location will open "exactly" two weeks from today. The store is situated on Rue de Rive, and had "bientt ouvert" painted on its black construction facade approximately two weeks ago. The erection of such facades typically indicates that an Apple Store will open within a month.

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Apple set to launch three Swiss retail stores

09/04, 9:30am

Three Swiss Apple Stores

Apple is expected to open three new retail stores in Switzerland by the end of the year, multiple sources say. One shop is the Rue de Rive location, Geneva's first Apple Store, which recently had the words "bientt ouvert" (opening soon) added to its black construction facade (photo below). Workers are said to have already begun training, and it is believed that the store could effectively be ready to go by the middle of the month, though when exactly it will open is a matter of speculation.

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Switzerland app tests ISP data neutrality

08/05, 1:00am

Switzerland ISP neutrality

Following closely on dissent towards Comcast and AT&T two firms that supply internet service, but lack a stance of network data neutrality the Electronic Frontier Foundation has unveiled Switzerland, a new ISP testing tool that detects blocked communications. Comcast is accused of blocking peer-to-peer networking software, such as BitTorrent, without citing the practice in its license agreement or making any other mention of it whatsoever. The action counters the neutral stance put forth by the FCC in its 2005 "Internet Policy Statement."

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Demo booth for iPhone 3G exposed in Switzerland

07/08, 5:05pm

Swiss iPhone demo booth

Photos have already been made available of an iPhone 3G demonstration booth, a French-language site observes. The images are said to have been taken inside a store in Lausanne, Switzerland this afternoon, and show a lone 3G sitting in the new rounded dock design, but tethered to an anti-theft cable. The phone is also on and running, but does not appear to be fully activated. Official sales are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 11th. Swiss carriers will include Orange and Swisscom.

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Austrian, Italian iPhone 3Gs to lack free hotspots

07/08, 9:20am

iPhone 3G hotspot access

Policies for iPhone 3G access to carrier Wi-Fi should vary dramatically around the world, reports say. While carriers such as AT&T and Rogers Wireless have committed to free hotspot access with a subscription, other countries may not hold this policy in common. Vodafone Italy now admits that it will not be offering any free access, and Orange Switzerland says this will be limited to 100 hours per month.

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Swisscom unveils iPhone 3G prices

07/01, 9:25am

Swiss iPhone 3G prices

Swisscom has announced its plans for the iPhone 3G, according to company PR. With the launch of the device on July 11th, Swiss customers will have access to three two-year subscription plans, in three different sizes: piccolo, mezzo and grande. At the piccolo level people will pay 249 CHF for an 8GB phone, or 349 CHF for 16GB; this costs 25 CHF per month, and is limited to a 0.70 CHF hourly voice rate and just 100MB of data per month.

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Apple fighting Swiss levy on iPods

05/16, 11:55am

Apple fighting Swiss levy

Apple is resisting a blank media levy imposed by the Swiss government, according to local newspaper Basler Zeitung. The levy is managed by SUISA, the Swiss Society for the Rights of Authors of Musical Works, and is intended to compensate labels and musicians for the effect of piracy. It applies to all media players sold in the country, but Apple is said to be arguing for exemption, on the basis that Swiss iPods sold online are actually shipped out of Ireland.

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