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Apple's iTunes and App Store suffered a previous outage on 12 October   Reuters

Apple's App Store and iTunes suffered their second successive outage but were back online at 3pm EST (13 October). Apple, on its support page, said the issue was resolved and users could resume downloading apps and songs.

If you recently experienced issues accessing content on the App Store or iTunes, you were not alone. Users on various forums including Apple Support page, Reddit and Twitter reported facing issues. The outage prevented users from downloading or updating apps.

Apple support page says the iTunes outage has been fixed Apple

While trying to download from iTunes, users were greeted with the error message: "We're sorry, we cannot complete your request on the iTunes Store at this time. Please try again later." This appears to have affected users across Europe, US and Asia.

Anyone else having problems with Apple iTunes and @AppStore this evening? Pain in the bottom.

— Ben Prater (@benpratershow) October 13, 2015

Still can’t download anything from the App Store. Anybody else having issues? Apple only lists the iTunes Store as having issues.

— Thom 🎄❄️⛄️ Holwerda (@thomholwerda) October 13, 2015

The issue started on 13 October at 12.30 pm EST . Even though users reported issues with both iTunes and App Store, Apple only acknowledged the problems on iTunes.

"Users are experiencing a problem with the service listed above. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available," Apple said.

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Apple acknowledged some issues with iTunes Apple

On 12 October (Monday), users faced similar difficulties in connecting through both the stores. It was fixed shortly.