Apple’s iTunes Store has been acting up this morning, showing one error message after another, leaving us unable to check out some App Store updates, both on the Mac front and on iOS platforms.
Neither iTunes Preview, nor the actual App Store applications by Apple seemed to be able to display the pages of specific applications this morning. The service has been on and off, and now it has remained down for the past hour or so.
What seemed to be a minor backend glitch has turned into a real problem for anyone trying to access the Mac / iOS app stores to download software. Apple is most likely on the case and the service should be back up soon.
However, it would be nice if the company featured some kind of banner warning users that the iTunes Store is acting up – much in the way it does when it takes down the Apple Online Store for maintenance
Apple is usually prepared when its web services are experiencing an outage, but not when it comes to the iTunes Store, apparently.
For instance, about a week ago, the web interface for the Mac App Store (the equivalent of iTunes Preview for iOS apps) became crippled. To this day, the pages no longer show screenshots.
The Mac App Store application takes considerably longer to load its interface lately, and some of our Twitter followers signaled some problems with Siri over the weekend.
Something is definitely up with Apple’s servers. Hopefully, it’s all related to the preparations of this week’s big iPhone 5 announcement
. Maybe we’re in for much more than we previously hoped for.
Perhaps it is worth noting that Apple has been working to update the App Store’s UI on iOS 6
lately. Should Wednesday yield iOS 6 Final
for the public, then we’ve got our answer.
How’s your experience been this morning? Any luck trying to download apps on your Mac or iDevice?