China Blocks Access to iTunes Store

Posted on August 24, 2008 

China Blocks Access to iTunes Store

China’s authorities have blocked access to all eight million or so songs in the iTunes music store, apparently because one album — Songs for Tibet — doesn’t sit well with them.

Songs on the album include criticism of the same so-called “great firewall of China” that now prevents it from being purchased from iTunes in China.

“We issued a release saying that over 40 (Olympic) athletes downloaded the album in an act of solidarity, and that’s what triggered it,” Michael Wohl, executive director of the Art of Peace Foundation, which released the compilation, told the Associated Press. “Then everything got blocked.”

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