Apple has removed a Nazi-era track from iTunes in Germany after a newspaper revealed that songs now outlawed in the country were available in the music store.

Reuters reported that a spokesman for Apple Germany confirmed the removal of 'Horst Wessel Lied' (Horst Wessel Song), an unofficial Nazi anthem banned at the end of World War II.

Horst Wessel Lied is named after the Nazi party activist who wrote the song. Wessel was murdered in 1930, a year after he wrote the song - initially called Die Fahne hoch (The Flag up High) - and it was first performed at his funeral.

However, the spokesman did not mention whether other Nazi-era songs also banned in Germany, had been removed. German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung had reported earlier this week that Nazi-era songs and tracks by banned neo-Nazi bands were available on iTunes in Germany.

According to the Reuters report, Amazon Germany has banned the track as well and a search of the site confirms this, with no results in the MP3 Download section or music section of the site.

There are still several versions of the track available in the UK iTunes Store as well as Amazon.co.uk's MP3 Downloads section - however, the track is not banned in the UK.