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Apple iTunes Store, App Stores inaccessible to some customers [u]

Apple's various online storefronts were hit with an apparent service outage on Monday, with affected users unable to purchase music, movies, apps and other media since approximately 12:15 p.m. Pacific.




Apple acknowledged the downtime via its System Status webpage, which as of this writing classifies "some users" as impacted by an apparent iTunes Store issue.

The company failed to specify the origin of today's troubles, but notes users in certain areas may be unable to purchase content from the iTunes Store, as well as apps from the iOS and Mac App Stores. Unlike recent iCloud sign in issues, the iTunes Store problem appears to affect only a small subset of Apple's customer base.

Apple is working to resolve the outage, though the company has yet to furnish an estimated completion timeline.

The iTunes and App Store downtime comes just hours after Apple released a slew of operating system updates including iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1. Of note for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, the latest OS versions deliver Apple's new TV app, which promises a unified viewing experience across multiple standalone streaming apps.

Update: The issue was resolved at around 2:20 p.m. Pacific.