Apple Shuts Down iBooks and iTunes Movies Apps In China

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Apple complied with a demand from China’s media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, to remove their iTunes Movies and iBooks apps.

These apps where launched in China on September 30, 2015.

A spokeswoman from Apple said:

We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. Apple Newsroom "Apple Brings Apple Music, iTunes Movies & iBooks to Customers in China Starting Today" (30 Sep 2015)
  2. The New York Times "Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face" by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez (21 Apr 2016)
  3. The Business Times "Apple says iTunes Movies, iBooks services closed down in China" (22 Apr 2016)
  4. Reuters "Apple's book, film services go dark in China" by Paul Carsten (22 Apr 2016)
  5. Engadget "Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies banned in China" by Matt Brian (22 Apr 2016)
  6. VentureBeat "Apple's iTunes Movies, iBooks Store reportedly shut down in China" by Jordan Novet (21 Apr 2016)