It appears that the iTunes and App stores are down. At first, I thought is was me…But, there are posts appearing on Apple’s support site. That does not bode well for downloading Lion in the next couple of days.
If you are having problems connecting to the stores, you are not alone.
UPDATE [2011.07.13 6:30 a.m. EDT]: MacRumors is reporting that Apple sent developers an email to let them know the store may be down. Purportedly, the email states:
“iTunes Connect will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT.
During this time, iTunes Connect will still be available. However, pricing changes made between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT will cause the app to become unavailable for purchase until maintenance is complete, at which point the app will become available at the new price. To avoid interruptions to the availability of your apps, do not make price changes during this time.
Lastly, customers may not be able to purchase apps in the Mexico, U.K., Australia, Switzerland, Japan or Norway storefronts during the scheduled maintenance.
The App Store team”
Does this mean Lion may be released soon? We’ll have to wait and see.