Apple Inc.’s iTunes and new Music service were restored after a service interruption that lasted for almost four hours on Tuesday.
Apple TV, iBooks and the App Stores were affected, according to notifications on the iPhone maker’s system-status Web page. Software updates for OS X, Apple’s operating system for its personal computers, were also down during the period.
A longer outage could have resulted in a setback for Apple Music, the online music-streaming and subscription service that debuted in June. Users need to be connected to the Internet to access radio and most content on their iPhones, iPads and other devices. Tuesday’s disruption is at least the fourth issue with Apple’s online services in the past year. An unusually extensive outage in March lasted for more than 11 hours.
Tim Bajarin, president of technology consultant Creative Strategies, doesn’t think such disruptions substantially affect Apple’s business.
“This just happens,” Bajarin said. “The bigger issue is how fast Apple responds and corrects it. Apple’s actually at the top when it comes to correcting these kinds of errors.”