China blocks iTunes

iTunes users in China have been blocked from using the site. The online music store appears to have been targeted as an unsuitable site after launching a Pro Tibet album, Songs for Tibet online.

iTunes users in China have been blocked from using the site. The online music store appears to have been targeted as an unsuitable site after launching a Pro Tibet album, Songs for Tibet online.

The album which features songs by artists such as Sting, Moby and Alanis Morissette was made available on iTunes just prior to the Beijing Olympics and featured on the front page of the iTunes store for the past couple of weeks.

Pro Tibetans have been using the album’s review page to voice their opinion on the ongoing struggle. Before the site was pulled, more than 400 comments had gone up – many had devolved into a slanging match between Pro Tibetans and Chinese nationalists, with one post saying: “The Tibetan culture has been massacred by the oppressive Chinese government.”

Sun Weide, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympic organisers said he did not know about the iTunes blockage.

There is no news as to when the block will be lifted.

Source: Australian IT



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