App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store suffer three-hour outage

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, Apple TV, Beats 1 and other iCloud services were struggling for over 3 hours.

Tech news blog Apple Insider said the disruption was likely caused by excess traffic associated with the announcement of MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards nominees, exclusively revealed on Apple’s Beats 1 music service. The FTC’s inquiries have picked up over the recent weeks, on the heels of its initial investigation into whether Apple pressured labels to kill Spotify’s free streaming tier.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Verge that the FTC has already issued subpoenas to music streaming services as it gathers more information to determine whether Apple’s App Store rules are anticompetitive. The struggle was real for all of Apple’s Store Services: the App Store, Apple Music, all the iTunes services, Apple TV, the iBookstore, the Mac App Store, and Radio. Google, for instance, requires that apps selling digital goods use its in-app purchase system, but does offer exceptions in certain situations — like for digital content that can be used outside of the app — while Apple offers no such leniency. Zane Lowe’s first broadcast on Beats 1 cut out a few times, and iCloud Music Library mismatched a number of users’ iTunes libraries when it was first integrated with Apple Music. Apple Music is still new—indeed, no one’s even paying for it yet—but with every mishap, listeners lose more confidence in Apple’s service as their reliable, daily source of streaming music.

Apple also charges this 30 percent fee for newspapers, magazines, and books sold through iOS apps, which is why you can’t buy ebooks or audio books through Amazon or Audible’s iOS apps.

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