iTunes: Blocked in China by China


Posted August 22, 2008 - By TylerColfax

China has blocked iTunes, and they're not saying why. Monday saw the Apple forums in China light up with complaints and confusion as people were not able to connect to the online music sales juggernaut.

Speculation is that it was shut down after 46 athletes had been encouraged to and downloaded a pro-Tibet compilation featuring the mostly awful artists Sting, Moby, Damien Rice, and Alanis Morissette.

The group that created the album and offered it free to athletes, US-based International Campaign for Tibet, said they, "did intend the downloads to be a subtle form of protest for the athletes, as well as an act of solidarity for the Tibetan people.”

The Chinese government, through a web site they run, have announced that Chinese internet users are incensed by this travesty and are "rallying together to denounce Apple." We assume they mean the travesty of a Tibetan Freedom album, not the travesty of their government shutting down entire parts of the internet.

Sounds like a bunch of hooha and could hurt Jobs' initiative to put the iPhone officially in China and open a string of Apple stores across the globe's most populous and fast-growing nation.


iTunes: Blocked in China by China


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