Apple Cloud Services Back To Normal after Outage

Multiple Apple iCloud services experienced outages earlier today, knocking out the ability of some customers to access iTunes, Apple Music, the App Store and Apple TV, among others. Apple's online system status dashboard indicated the problem began shortly before 10 a.m. Eastern and lasted until a little after 1 p.m.

The outage occurred just around the time MTV was scheduled to announce nominees for its 2015 Video Music Awards. MTV had planned to make its announcement in partnership with Apple and Apple's Beats 1 music station.

During the outage, Apple's status page included the following message, "We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available." We contacted Apple for further information but did not receive a response.

Q3 Financial Results Announced Soon

The Apple cloud services outage occurred hours before the company was due to announce its financial results for the third quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Those results are likely to give an indication of, among other things, how well the company's new Apple Music service is performing.

Launched globally on June 30, Apple Music is a 24/7 music streaming service and app with playlists for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV, as well as for laptops, desktops and Android phones. The service launched with a free, three-month trial membership and is priced at $9.99 per month.

The free trial offer led to a brief public relations brouhaha for Apple after performer Taylor Swift criticized the fact that artists would not receive royalties for works played by customers during the trial. Apple quickly responded that it "would always make sure that artists are paid," even during the free trial period.

Apple Silence on Outage

As of this afternoon, Apple's system status page showed that all apps and services were performing as expected.

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