updated 03:42 pm EDT, Wed October 2, 2013
FaceTime, iTunes Match, other iCloud features briefly affected
Several of Apple's online services were briefly impacted by outages earlier today, according to Apple's System Status page. The worst affected the iTunes Store, the iBookstore, and the Mac and iOS App Stores between 1:28 and 2:57PM Eastern time, preventing some people from making any purchases. During the same time period, people may have been unable to use iTunes in the Cloud or iTunes Match, or restore purchases from an iCloud backup.
Between 1:28 and 1:45PM, an even briefer outage prevented some people from making FaceTime calls. For about three minutes extra Game Center was either slow or unavailable.