Apple Clamping Down on Discounted, Gray iPods

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Many Europeans are now happily crossing the pond, thanks to a suddenly-deflated dollar.

That means cheaper meals, hotels, event tickets, and of course, discounted consumer electronics devices like the iPod.

But a cross-Atlantic flight isn’t the only way to score a lower-cost player.   A number of European ecommerce destinations are now importing  the cheaper iPods from the United States, and selling them below list.

That sounds like a classic example of the internet-connected, world economy at work, though Apple is unhappy with the development.  The company is now threatening legal action against roughly one dozen sites unless the discounts stop, according to a recent Register report.  The US-originated iPods retail for about $30 (15 pounds) less than European players.