China Blocks iTunes Over Pro-Tibet Album

Compilation was offered free to Olympians
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 5:10 PM CDT
Security guards force to take away a student as she showed the Tibet flag during Olympic equestrian competition Aug. 9, 2008, in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Chinese government has blocked access to Apple’s iTunes music store for providing free downloads of a pro-Tibet compilation to Olympic athletes, the Telegraph reports. Users reported a blackout Monday, shortly after the Campaign for Tibet notes that 40 Olympians had downloaded the record. Only the Chinese iTunes store is blocked, however—people in China can access other countries' stores with foreign credit cards.