For the past few days the iTunes Store hasn’t been accessible for many (including myself) across the States and around the globe. Users experiencing this connectivity issue are making their voice be heard on several threads on the Apple Discussion forums. The threads haven’t reached any form of conclusion on why this is happening and when or if Apple will fix the problem. So far no specific determination on what could be causing the problem.
When attempting to connect to the Store, the connection times out when the message “Accessing iTunes Store” appears. Sometimes iTunes will display its cache and display a Store as it appeared last time you successfully connected. But once you click on a broken link or image, iTunes will recognize it can’t connect and display an error message (similar to image above).
Apple has yet to release a statement and come out with an appropriate excuse (or an appropriate error message) on what’s causing the problem. Many angry iTunes users make the point that Apple should at least have an error message explaining to the user that the Store is currently down and to try again later. As this has caused major confusion and inconvenience for all of us, some in the middle of purchasing a song were also effected and they were not able to finish their downloads. Hopefully Apple is close to correcting the issue and refund incomplete purchases made during the downtime.
I’m curious, can you connect to the iTunes Store? If so, maybe you can help us determine why some cannot connect to the iTunes Store.