Jews removed from iTunes gospel and Christian section

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011
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The iTunes online store has responded to criticisms that Jewish songs were being listed as "Christian and Gospel" by changing the categorisation of the music in question.

The change followed a Jerusalem Post report on Sunday which complained that Apple's music player did not have a genre for Jewish and Yiddish music.

Avraham Fried, an Orthodox Jew whose music had been listed as such said: "I would hate to think this is an attempt to bury Jewish music under a Christian or Gospel label."

This morning, however, the artists mentioned in the article, including the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Chasidic singer-songwriter Mordechai Ben David, as well as Mr Fried, had albums listed variously as Religious, Vocal and World.

Rival programme Windows Media Player also does not have a Jewish music genre, but appears to have escaped criticism by not having a Christian category either.

    Last updated: 11:13am, September 19 2011