Today, iTunes Match went down. Yesterday, it was iMessage and FaceTime. Since launching iCloud to the public on October 12th, 2011, Apple just hasn't been able to keep its cloud-based services airborne.
Sure, the most basic iCloud plan is free, but iTunes Match costs $25 a year. As a replacement for the MobileMe catastrophe, iCloud has been anything but excellent. It's painfully unreliable. Here's a rundown of Apple's biggest cloud failures over the last 13 months.
October 13, 2011: Just a day after the public release of iCloud, users in the Apple forums report that documents will not sync from iCloud to iPhones and iPads.
October 17, 2012: A Find My Friends outage keeps Apple nerds from using the service to spy on their hot roommates. Soon no one will care enough about Find My Friends to bother with whether or not it is down.
November 3, 2011: Siri goes down again. People complain because they haven't yet realized that Siri is broken.
November 11, 2011 Less than a month after launch, users report the first major iCloud outage.
When iMessage doesn't work, for one reason or another, you have the option to send as SMS. Considering no competitor has iMessage, you're suddenly knocked back down to the level of everyone else. Also, iMessage is also texting on Mountain Lion, heyo!
There was a couple noteworthy "outages" experienced here. Some of them from random twitter people that have issues. What caused the issues? I don't know :x But it is very much possible that the snapshot of someone having a problem last october with siri wasn't a full blown outage, they just had random network issues.
Not cool reporting at all. While obviously iCloud may or may not have some (or a lot) of issues, the presentation here is poor.
(I don't use iCloud for document hosting because it would limit me between devices, if I absolutely have to have a document hosted, I do it through gmail, or if its work related, salesforce - and itunes match... spotify is awesome, no regrets)