Zune Marketplace, sign-in down

Some parts of Zune.net, including the Marketplace and (at least here) the ability to sign in to your Zune account from the Zune software are down as of this morning.  A message posted on the Zune support page confirms the outage:

Status: You might be unable to browse, stream, download, or buy things at the Zune marketplace or on Zune.net. We’re working on the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience. Sat 1/15/2011 5:28 AM Pacific Time

Now, if this were an Apple site, the twittersphere would be abuzz with rumors about something new and wonderful coming, but we’re afraid it’s just a plain ol’ outage.  Hopefully things will be resolved soon.

Update: Progress! A new status message has appeared:


You might be unable to access or sign in on Zune.net (including the Zune forums and the Zune service site) and Zune marketplace. We’re working on the problem. Please check back soon.

Sat 1/15/2011 9:30 AM Pacific Time

Even though the status message is still in place, we’re able to sign in and access the marketplace (as of 11:50 am PST)

Update #2:  Just for the record, everything is “up and running”: