Apple’s iTunes, App Stores back online after unusually long outage

By Joseph Menn and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc's iTunes and App Store came back online on Wednesday afternoon after an unusually long service disruption that the company blamed on an internal technical error. Apple updated its status page at 5:04 pm ET to show that the disrupted services, including the Mac App Store and iBooks, were now functioning normally. The App Store and iTunes are a source of pride for the world's largest tech company and form the centerpiece of its mobile user experience.

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