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Some Apple users are reporting that a number of the company's services, such as iTunes and the App Store, have gone down.

Apple's status page showed that the App Store, Apple TV, the Mac App Store, iTunes and iBooks were experiencing technical problems, leading to the services "becoming unavailable for some users."

Some Apple customers reported on social media that they were unable to download new apps, songs, or even access their cloud-based music or pictures.

DownDetector, a website which monitors online service disruptions, showed that the issues were affecting users globally.

The problems appear to have begun at around 3PM on 4 February, continuing later into the afternoon.

The Independent has contacted Apple for more information on the issues.

More to follow.