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China: Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by gov

 |  April 24, 2016

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

The action against Apple in a country, which it rates as its second largest market by revenue after the US, came from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, reported The New York Times, quoting two persons who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

US tech companies have been under pressure to comply with Chinese Internet regulations and censorship, with some Internet services like Facebook and Twitter blocked in the country.

But Apple has had more success in negotiating this market, which was reflected in its launch in February of its Apple Pay service in tandem with bank card network China UnionPay, despite competition from local players like Alipay.

The current incident will not have any immediate impact on Apple’s device sales because both iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were launched only a few months back, and Chinese consumers have many alternative platforms they can turn to, said Tay Xiaohan, senior market analyst at IDC China.

The shut down of the services could, however, affect the relationship between Apple and the Chinese government, Tay said. There could also be a larger impact in the long term if more Apple services are blocked, such as Apple Pay, which play a crucial part in locking Apple users into its ecosystem, the analyst added.

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