Play MPE Adds Bandwith To Accomodate Traffic
September 3, 2009 at 4:52 AM (PT)
Our friends at PLAY MPE have added bandwith in order to handle the huge number of requests they're receiving for music -- specifically THE BEATLES' remastered tracks.
In a letter to users, they wrote "Some of our members may have experienced delays in accessing the PLAY MPE system on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2009. The PLAY MPE system experienced extraordinarily high levels of usage due primarily to the release of a 226 song remastered collection from one of history's most popular bands, including 4 of the top 10 albums from ROLLING STONE magazine's list of 500 greatest albums of all time. Approximately 90,000 large broadcast quality tracks were securely downloaded over the course of the day. At some times, spikes in simultaneous download demand exceeded 100% of the bandwidth capacity of our three load balanced facilities. To accommodate this surge in usage of the system, PLAY MPE added a gigabit fiber optic connection to the internet backbone. This additional capacity increases the maximum number of simultaneous users and maximum download speeds by a factor of 10. If you experienced performance issues YESTERDAY, we invite you to try again TODAY."