updated 02:55 pm EST, Thu December 11, 2008
iTunes Store outages
A number of users have been experiencing outages or unusually slow speeds while trying to access the iTunes Store on Thursday, anecdotes indicate. The troubles are believed to have begun around morning Eastern time, and those that have been able to access the Store have cited delays in trying to reach different sections, including the App Store. In at least some cases, images have appeared broken on the site.
Apple has yet to offer an official explanation for network difficulties, but as of this writing services at the iTunes Store appear to be resuming normal operation. Problems are unlikely to have triggered by a rush of holiday sales, as Apple has otherwise had no trouble coping with demand this season, even during Black Friday.