Microsoft and other technology giants have been ordered to stand before an Australian government committee and explain why prices are higher for Aussies than elsewhere in the world.
Apple and Adobe executives were expected to join Microsoft's hearing on Monday, hosted by a lower-house committee, according to a Raw Story report.
"The committee is looking at the impacts of prices charged to Australian consumers for IT products," a committee statement said, according to Raw Story. "Australian consumers often pay much higher prices for hardware and software than people in other countries."
The price differences affect Australians' purchases of music, games, software, and gaming and computer hardware, Raw Story says. For instance, the costs for Australians to download iTunes are roughly 73 percent more than in the United States, the report says.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
Most Popular Stories
- Small-Business Loans Fueling Economic Growth
- Illegal Immigration Near Historic Low, Despite What You May Have Heard
- Gasoline Costs Drive Consumer Price Increases
- Tesco Head Steps Down After Profit Warning
- Want a Job? Try Minneapolis
- Comic-Con Offers Toy Designers a Chance to Go Wild
- Saudi Arabia Will Open Stock Market to Foreigners
- Russians Fed Steady Diet of Conspiracy Theories
- Google Chrome Bug Draining Batteries: Report
- Startup Makes It Easier to Buy American