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Life in China ~ “Recent ITunes Problems”

24 Apr

“Apple’s iBooks, iTunes Movies mysteriously suspended in China; customers want refunds”

by Julie Makinen via “LA Times”


Chinese customers of Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks services are seeking refunds on their purchases amid reports that the features have been suspended at the behest of government authorities.

Apple has not issued any statement to customers in China about the status of the services, but many users report that they have been unable to connect to the movie service and iBooks since April 15.

A Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman said: “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” but she would not elaborate on why the services were unavailable.

The Chinese government has not issued any statement on the matter. However, the New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, said the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television had ordered the services offline, though it was unclear why.

Apple’s App Store revenue has surged in China in the last year, overtaking Japan as the world’s No. 2 market for the service, according to App Annie.

Apple technical assistance and account service representatives, reached by phone in China, said they had received no official notice from the company that the services had been blocked or shut down. They offered to arrange refunds on purchased content. . . .


Astrill Update

5 Feb

Yay! Astrill is semi-working on Apple again! And it actually seems a little better than before.  🙂  It started about 2-3 days ago and has been going on so far.  It drops every so often, but then it picks up again.  I haven’t tried visiting any blocked sites (I know some people who said those still threw them off), but it is helping keep my computer safe while I visit the allowed ones like my Outlook email again.  I’m happy!

Apple I-PAD Stuck on Apple Logo

19 Nov

Lawrence the Laptop crashed and burned once again not too long ago.  I probably wrote about it, but I’m too lazy to go back and look.  In turn, I ended up buying an Apple Ipad during 11/11 (China’s version of Black Friday).  

Annoyingly, I no sooner got it than the I-Pad froze on the Apple Logo.  Luckily, it appears that this is a somewhat common problem.  It won’t go past the opening screen and won’t connect to your laptop for Restore.  

Finally, I figured it out!

  1.  Turn your Ipad off by holding down the Power and Home buttons at the same time until the screen turns black. 
  2. Turn on I-Tunes
  3. Attach the I-Pad plug to your computer ONLY.
  4. Important part: Press the Home Button down, and hold it while connecting the plug to your Ipad.  
  5. Your Ipad will show a “connecting to Itunes” screen (looks like the plug reaching up to the itunes logo).
  6. Release the home button.  
  7. Follow the instructions on your screen to restore your Ipad!
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