Apple has responded to a midnight Wednesday deadline in relation to antitrust concerns over the pricing of songs on its iTunes online music store across different European countries. The European Commission has expressed concerns about Apple setting unfair iTunes pricing prohibiting users in one country from downloading music from a website intended to serve another. A European commission spokesperson said: “They answered yesterday and we are studying [the response] carefully at this point.”

The EU executive sent a statement of objections to Apple and unnamed 'major record companies' in April, giving all parties two months to reply. That deadline has been extended now until the end of June with Universal Music Group given a ‘short extension’ yesterday. Apple claims it has always tried to operate a single pan-European iTunes store accessible by anyone from any member state but has been prevented from doing so by the record labels and publishers.