Apple’s iTunes Store exhibits sluggishness, unresponsiveness; iOS4 now available (updated)

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!Ahead of the release of iOS 4, Apple’s iTunes Store is exhibiting extreme sluggishness and is, at time, virtually unresponsive.

MacDailyNews Note: iOS 4 is now available via iTunes as of 1pm EDT.

Right now, you can still get through to display pages, but the performance is definitely suboptimal, to use some NASA-speak.

It’s like MacDailyNews during a Steve Jobs’ keynote (except we don’t have $40+ billion in the bank to pay for bandwidth during high-capacity events).

We’ve been trying without success to download the Pandora update for the past 15 minutes.

Millions of clicks per second on the “Check for Update” button can’t be good for optimal iTunes Store performance.

To everyone who’s looking forward to upgrading to iOS 4 today, we wish you the best of luck!

[UPDATE: 2:15pm EDT: iTunes Store seems to be more responsive now. We have successfully downloaded a few apps and upgraded an old iPhone 3G to iOS 4. (Yes, we got hit with a traffic spike around 1pm EDT, too.)]


  1. 10:05:25, download of iOS4 began for me.
    This should be interesting…..
    I backed up my 3GS before downloading, just in case there’s some iKryptonite in the new OS…..

  2. I think NC data center is up and that’s why iTunes is so slow, after all everything down south is slower.
    I live in RTP and it’s so hot right now, I wish I was in FL

  3. I am running the iOS 4 GM seed and was lucky enough to snag the Pandora update before Apple’s servers got hammered. I’m listening to pandora in the background right now while also typing this from my iPhone ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. That’s a little like the pot calling the kettle black. MDN is the site that is sluggish and unresponsive today.

    Compared to MDN, the iTunes store is FLYING!

  5. Downloaded at 1:15 EST with no problems. On a side note, MDN loaded extremely slow. iTunes was zippy ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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