Update at 4:00 PM PDT: The Apple System Status page is green again and all affected services should be running.
Apple’s Internet services are considered to be quite reliable, especially given the huge number of users. But glitches happen to every online service company from time to time, and Apple is no exception.
According to Apple’s system status page, several content services have been down for at least the past two hours – an unusually long time for Apple. These include the App Store (including the Mac App Store), Apple TV+ and TV channels, Fitness+, Music, Books, and Podcasts.
Issues with several other services were fixed today, including iCloud Mail and Calendar, Find My, and Game Center.
Other services such as Apple Card, FaceTime, Apple Pay, Maps, News, and HomeKit are not affected.
Failures do not seem to be global. In fact, in California, we were able to access all of these services normally. Since all affected services are focused on delivering content, it’s likely that one or more of the major nodes in Apple’s global content delivery network (CDN) is experiencing some kind of outage. Some users may find the affected services slow or unavailable, while others may not notice any issues at all.
There isn’t really a workaround, although if you find that these services don’t work for you, it might be worth trying a VPN, as this could result in you connecting to a different part of the CDN and making things work again.