Japanese lawmakers have rejected local music industry attempts to place a tax on iPods, at least right now.

A government panel finally met this morning to consider the case.

Publishing rights and collection group JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) had wanted to see a levy applied to iPod sales.

The scheme was introduced in 1993. In Japan it means consumers pay an extra levy when they buy blank media, MiniDisc and CD players. Money raised is then passed to copyright owners.