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China reopens iTunes access, blocks Tibet album

updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2008

China resumes iTunes

Access to Apple's iTunes Store is once again available in China, although some content is no longer visible, according to SFGate. The service was apparently blocked by the Chinese regime last week; a controversial pro-Tibet album, however, is still unavailable to shoppers in the country. The album is suspected as the main reason for the earlier blockage of iTunes.

Chinese users started having problems logging into iTunes last week, quickly raising suspicion that the Beijing government was attempting to censor Songs for Tibet, released by the Art of Peace Foundation. The organization supports Tibetan independence, and the album features performances from several artists such as Sting and Dave Matthews, as well as a 15-minute speech by the Dalai Lama.

An article on China.org.cn, a website operated by the Chinese government's Internet Information Center, claims the album "has ignited strong indignation" among Chinese users. It also suggests that people now wish to ban the album's singers and producers from entering China, and that they will also begin to boycott all Apple products.

A complete severing of ties is unlikely however, as many Apple products are assembled in China, including Macs, iPods and iPhones. China benefits from local employment and investment, while Apple is able to tap into cheap labor and resources.




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  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    What a bunch of BS

    "the album "has ignited strong indignation" among Chinese users. It also suggests that people now wish to ban the album's singers and producers from entering China, and that they will also begin to boycott all Apple products. "

    Yeah I BET it's the Chinese people, more like Chinese government.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    overthrow

    you know... China is completely repressive and unfair to its people. As American's we should overthrow their government. oh but wait... who would pay for such an effort. Our current imperialism is funded by china ;)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    re: overthrow

    Sorry, but America only decides to overthrow countries who (a) don't appear capable of fighting back, (b) have something we REALLY want, and/or (c) threatened the life of the president's father way back when.

    And, besides, China sends us way too many cheap goods and funds way too many campaigns for the US to do anything but shoot a carefully worded letter expressing our regret over some act they performed.

    h***, remember how bent out of shape China got, and how the president and all bent over backwards to apologize to our new Chinese overlords, when the president (I think it was Clinton) took a Taiwanese flag from someone in a reception line. Not that he even knew what it was, people throw things at these guys all the time, but h*** if that didn't get sent back quickly and publicly. Otherwise those Chinese goods might stop flowing, and Americans will have to go find some other sweatshop country to make its goods.

  1. robm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    ALL DL's available here..

    ... note that these cool dudes have opened up a way to allow Chinese to DL anything from iTunes -- and for free!

    www.baneki.com

    Rage on, guys!

  1. fulchiero

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Try posting to china.org!

    Try posting something slightly critical to the "Netizens incensed over Tibet album on iTunes" article at
    http://www.china.org.cn/china/national/2008-08/08/content_16161481.htm
    Bet it does not make it through the censors!
    For me, no amount of Olympic glitz can make up for their sordid record on human rights.

  1. fulchiero

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Try posting to china.org!

    Try posting something slightly critical to the "Netizens incensed over Tibet album on iTunes" article from the above "boycott all Apple products link".
    Bet it does not make it through the Chinese censors!
    For me, no amount of Olympic glitz can make up for their sordid record on human rights.

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