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China shuts down iTunes' Movies and iBooks services, report says

Apple is working to get them back online as soon as possible but there is no time frame, the company tells Bloomberg.

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Apple's iTune's Movies and iBooks services have been shut down in China, the company told Bloomberg on Thursday, just seven months since the services started operating in the country.

Apple is working to restore services as soon as possible, but there is no clear time frame. The closure began last week.

The New York Times reported that China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is behind the closures, citing sources familiar with the matter. The Chinese media regulator, along with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology , in February announced new laws regarding online publishing, which went into effect last week.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.