Update: Apple says all service interruptions have been resolved.
Apple this evening appears to be suffering from widespread downtime with its iTunes Store and App Store. According to a variety of posts on Twitter and tips from 9to5Mac readers, users are having trouble accessing the services and have been for a couple of hours now.
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Apple has acknowledged the outage on its System Status webpage, showing that it the issues began around 3:30PM ET and are not yet resolved. Apple says that “some users are affected by the issue.”
Users may be unable to make purchases in the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and App Store.
According to affected users, the App Store and iTunes Store are presenting an error that reads “Service Unavailable” across multiple devices.
We’ll keep tracking the outage and update this post when it appears to be resolved. Apple generally has the issues fixed sooner rather than later, though it doesn’t offer an explanation as to what went wrong or how many users were affected.
Are you experiencing issues with the iTunes Store and/or App Store? Let us know in the comments.