China Blocks iTunes After Olympic Athletes Download Pro-Tibetan Music
from the so-much-for-the-lack-of-censorship dept
So, while it turned out to be a myth that China would drop the Great Firewall during the Olympics, it’s still a bit surprising to hear that China is apparently blocking at least some access to iTunes. Apparently, an organization put out an album of pro-Tibetan songs, and asked Olympic athletes to download the songs and put them on their iPods as a sort of quiet protest. Of course, then the group put out a press release, claiming that 40 Olympians had done so… and, suddenly folks in China are having trouble accessing iTunes. Not surprisingly, a “semi-official news portal” of the Chinese gov’t claims that folks in China are denouncing Apple for even offering the music, and are calling for the musicians featured on the album to be banned from playing in China.