I was heading over to the iPod discussions on Apple.com, and I noticed this header in bold:
Please plan to visit the iTunes Music Store either before or after this temporary outage.”
This is just pure speculation, but it is encouraging.
Hopefully, the shutdown is for a server upgrade or something. You know, to upgrade their hardware in preparation for a massive spike in visits…? With recent reports pegging the release of iTunes for Windows as sometime in October, it looks like Apple is finally going to give all us Windows iPod users a present soon.