China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

Summary: China is blocking iTunes, apparently over the album "Songs for Tibet," a benefit for The Art of Peace Foundation. The album features songs by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama.

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China is blocking iTunes, apparently over the album "Songs for Tibet," a benefit for The Art of Peace Foundation. The album features songs by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama.

In an AP story, Michael Wohl, executive director of the foundation, said:

"We issued a release saying that over 40 (Olympic) athletes downloaded the album in an act of solidarity, and that's what triggered it. Then everything got blocked," Wohl said by phone.
Wohl said the foundation offered free downloads of the album to several Olympians and athletes from the United States, Canada, Britain, Spain, France and Australia did download.
Most got the album before entering China, but "some in Beijing did download, and I think that's what spooked the Chinese government," Wohl said.
No comment from China. Apple doesn't have a direct Chinese presence for iTunes. Chinese users must connect to servers in other markets. Wohl dismissed the AP reporter's question of whether Apple was upset that the album had caused the cut-off.
"They're incredibly supportive people. They wouldn't do anything like that," he said. "They support freedom of speech and freedom of expression."

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  • Learn from M$, Google and Yahoo

    They cooperated with the local bully, they were allowed to run business over there. Don't p*ss of their government, that's the key in China. Yahoo went so far they handed in evidence to China government to help jail a few anti-government journalists.
    LBiege
  • You have to be at least 16 years old to listen to them

    So that leaves the Chinese gymnastics team out. ;)
    GuidingLight
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    Get http://www.strongvpn.com to bypass the block!
    oakweb
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    If China really blocks iTune, Apple stock will go down. Take your money out now if you invest it. Avoid any Tibetan propaganda such as "The Art of Trouble Maker".
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    China don't care anybody on Issue Tibet's land & borders. I think Tibet will agree china condition, otherwise situation may convert into valley of death.
    nomanland20
  • The beauty of Chinese controlled media

    you can pretty much print whatever truth you invent!

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    GuidingLight
    • Was a response to caivei (nt)

      :(
      GuidingLight
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    Poor I Tune. Becomes the only major victim for this silly event... And poor I tune users in China!!! i think the foundation should have thought of the effect for stupidly showing off that 40 athletes downloaded the album. This act causd I tune and I tune users in China so much trouble! And what does the foundation have to shoulder? Nothing, right? We all want speech freedom. Its always easy to do while you know you won't be influenced and you are putting other people and other organization's well beings at risk. Very irresponsible. Despise this guy Wohl!
    Jo Ray
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    IN a country where there are no human rights, baby girls are still killed when they're born and it takes a license to have a child, who the hell cares? China does a lot worse to its people than monitoring the internet; itunes should not even be on the horizon compared to their other ihhuman practices.

    As for the Olympics being there, well; that speaks volumes about some other people. They wouldn't go to Russia, but they will go to China? Somethings' rotten in China.
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    This is what happens when a media like iTunes is used to peddle political opinion rather than art. It just serves to hurt all the other iTunes artist who want to serve music to other countries. These big "artist", who capitalize on a tyrant's level, hijack medias like iTunes for their own personal bandwagon at the expense and total disregard for the "little guy" who is just trying to make ends meet in the music world.

    I'm not saying that the "cause" is unjust. What I'm saying is that the cause's delivery method creates more harm than good. Think of it. All those independent artist are now being cut off of their market outlet because of the self-centered views of a small band of musical tyrants, who quite frankly are not qualified to be involved with such delicate political matters.

    Such matters must always be handled by diplomats who are experienced and well accredited in matters involving foreign affairs and foreign cultural protocol.

    My message to Sting and the rest is not to kill the small guy for your political cause. It's an irresponsible act, and historically it has never really solved anything. Now I suppose Sting wants to save the world. How is this ignorant tyrant who can't play the bass all that well and who rewords the reggae of others for his personal gain, going to save the world? Sense when do rock musicians suddenly become experts in foreign culture and politics because they disagree with the current climate? Give me a break!

    Although the matter is bad between Tibet and China, one must realize the complicated, deeply historical and cultural relationships between these people to only begin to grasp what is going on over there. It's really very foreign to us westerners so we should tread lightly and carefully on the matter. Our political clumsiness has no place over there, or anywhere for that matter.

    -WFD
    wfd_57
    • Chinese spam?

      Does it seem to anybody else that Chinese apparatchiks are out in force on this post, trying to manipulate public opinion?
      rkoman9
    • Peddling political opinion

      Who would ever have thought of that? Here in the USA, at any rate, protest songs have been a high art form for my entire life. Might not be true in China, but I do seem to recall that in the past, they were at least open to the peddling of political opinions not deemed subversive by the authorities (maybe half a loaf was better than none).
      John L. Ries
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    Boy anything to kill @ message aye
    broke back techies
  • RE: China cuts off iTunes, likely over 'Songs of Tibet'

    This serves to prove why censorship should never be applied to the Internet. It may seem laudable to many that certain internet activity should be blocked because it breaks local laws or offends people. In Europe there is a definite move to do this but this will simply result in countries like China feeling that their action, to deter things they see as subversive, is vindicated.

    You cannot justifiably cherry pick when it comes to censorship - you either censor anything or censor nothing. There are a great many countries - and not the obvious ones - who would like to censor the internet to "protect their people", "protect the young", "to prevent random advertising", "to protect political ideas" "to uphold religious values" "to prevent terrorism" ....... these sound Ok to many but on whose set of vaulues are these to be based? There are countries where homosexuality is illegal where the inernet is the only fragile communication link for persecuted gay people. The internet is the greatest tool we have ever had for spreading information about each others way of life but it is in danger of becoming just another government controlled bland media channel
    cymru999