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Apple Inc.’s popular online digital media outlet iTunes classifies many of the
most well-known Jewish performers and their albums as “Christian & Gospel”
material and does not have a separate category for Jewish melodies, The
Jerusalem Post has found.
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Albums by Avraham Fried, an Orthodox Jew, with
titles such as Yiddish Gems Volumes 1 & 2, My Fellow Jew and The Baal Shem
Tov’s Song all appear under the “Christian & Gospel” category. Other songs
of his appear under the heading “World.”
Similarly, Mordechai Ben-
David’s collections Just One Shabbos
and Yerushalayim Our Home
, as well as songs
such as “Yom Tov Medley,” are all listed as “Christian.”
And the late
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s album Shaarei Shabbat – Songs and Blessings for your
” which includes the song “Am Yisrael Chai” (“the People of Israel
live”), is included in the Christian category.
Music for Jewish children
and cantorial works by Joseph Malovany of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue are
also not exempt from Apple’s unusual classification system, which deems them to
Contacted by the Post
, Fried expressed
astonishment. “Why would they put Jewish and Hassidic music under the
‘Christian and Gospel’ category? It makes no sense,” he said.
understand where they are coming from and what the point is of doing this,”
Fried said. “I would hate to think this is an attempt to bury Jewish music under
a Christian or Gospel label.”
Repeated requests for comment to Apple’s
corporate headquarters in California and its UK branch went
Fried said Apple should change its policy and create a Jewish
“It is time to have Jewish and Hassidic music stand on its
own,” he declared. “It should have its own category and be called by its right
name – Jewish music.”
Apple’s iTunes is said to be the largest online
music and video vendor in the world. In February 2010, the company announced
that more than 10 billion songs had been purchased and downloaded from the site
since its inception in 2003.