The European Commission has confirmed it has launched an antitrust investigation into the way Apple's iTunes sells online music in conjunction with major record labels.

According to News24, the Commission says that distribution agreements signed between Apple and music corporations such as Sony BMG, Warner Music, Universal Music Group and EMI "contain territorial sales restrictions which violate" EU competition rules.
"Consumers are thus restricted in their choice of where to buy music and consequently what music is available, and at what price," the Commission says. "For example, in order to buy a music download from the iTunes' Belgian online store a consumer must use a credit card issued by a bank with an address in Belgium."
The Commission has sent a statement of objections to Apple which the computer company has two months to reply to.
If found guilty of violating EU competition rules, Apple could face hefty fines – in theory, up to 10% of its worldwide annual turnover.