Report: China Cuts Off Access To iTunes Store
On Monday, expatriate iTunes users living in China began experiencing technical problems with their previously unfettered access.
That was the same day the US-based Campaign for Tibet organisation claimed on its website that “over 40 Olympic athletes in North America, Europe and even Beijing” had downloaded the album.
Apple’s customer forums contain numerous examples where users have complained about experiencing these technical problems.
Although some iTunes account-holders suggest that the problem is with Apple, according to several forum posters and bloggers working in China, the source of the technical hitch is being attributed to the Great Firewall of China – the umbrella term given to China’s system of internet censorship.
A blogger calling herself JeninShanghai has reposted what she says is a reply she received from Apple’s customer support after reporting that she had problems with her US iTunes Store account.
“iTunes is not being blocked in China from our end, but access to the iTunes Store IS restricted in some areas in China. This would also explain why it’s happening to your friends there as well,” the response reads.
For its part, Chinese news sources are denouncing Apple and all the performers on the album, and calling for a boycott of any person or company associated with the project.