Lady Gaga Sale Slows Down Amazon Servers
A high volume of traffic Monday causes delays for fans trying to download the album for 99 cents.
Lady Gaga fans are gaga for her latest album ... in a big way.
In an attempt to promote its new Cloud Drive service, Amazon offered a one-day sale of the MP3 version of the singer's latest album, Born This Way, for 99 cents on Monday. (That's $11 less than the price at iTunes.)
But by early afternoon, the company’s servers stalled, and many users were unable to download or listen to the album in full.
The annoyed customers complained on Twitter. Said one customer: “I guess next time I will pay full price and get the album immediately on iTunes.”
In a Tweet, Amazon responded: “We’re currently experiencing very high volume. If you order today, you will get the full @ladygaga album for $.99. Thanks for your patience.”
As for the album itself, it is getting mostly mixed reviews. A majority of Amazon users’ reviews for the album were poor. Critics are split. Elysa Gardner of USA Today gave Born This Way **½ out of four stars. She wondered whether Gaga was just trying to "milk our fascination" with her sexually-driven songs. BBC Music's Ian Wade says that it is "certainly not the greatest album ever made," but he notes that "it's a storming collection of high-concept pop brilliance designed to soundtrack every preposterously tremendous Gaga moment for the next 18 months."
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