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Topic # 25795 2-Sep-2008 00:44
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Geez. I wiftully decided purchase Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within from iTunes movies tonight... 1.14GB but needing 4hours to download. and currently it just done 94MB...

This is on 10Mbit/s TelstraClear cable internet and I can pull much faster speed from elsewhere for other stuff but it seems like iTunes movies download is very slow... Akamai or what?




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  Reply # 161443 2-Sep-2008 08:20
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Something's not right there pal.  I had slow speeds the first day, probably because everyone was trying it out.  But since then I've bought 2 movies and rented one.  They each came through in about 25 minutes, and are all about 1.5GB i think.  I'm on TC 10Mbps as well.  I've done this at all times of the day too - most recently at about 7pm last night which you would expect to be a heavy use time. 



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  Reply # 161448 2-Sep-2008 08:41
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I have no idea... I let the PC download it and running it the whole night - which act as a heater for the room too... Don't know how long it took to finish the download as there was no indication of the average speed it was pulling, or when/how long it took to finish. (iTunes doesn't report that).

Anyhow, a work colleague had a theory that it could be movie that rarely been touched so it was cached locally? I doubt that's the case if iTunes uses Akamai for their local digital distribution. Unless Akamai isn't distributing iTunes movies?

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  Reply # 161459 2-Sep-2008 09:10
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Im on Ihug/vodafone standard connection.
Few weeks ago I d/l a 2 Gb movie for rent. " Wyatt Earp."
I was surprised because it took me a little over 3 hrs. I thought that was ok!!




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  Reply # 161464 2-Sep-2008 09:18
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In regards to another iTunes movies related topic, about the bandwidth used... I have checked my TCL usage meter and sure enough 1.14GB was charged :-D and peaked at 2am-ish at 760MB (which I think could be the fastest moment it was downloading at, and finishes around 4:30-5am I think... that's a rough estimation of 4hours+ of iTunes movie....

At this rate, I'd probably go buy a DVD and rip it myself, convert to MP4 and probably would equate/faster than downloading without suffering the use-up of my monthly allowance... though that'd be breaking the law.




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  Reply # 161477 2-Sep-2008 10:09
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if you can spare the $6 bucks try renting one of the popular movies as a test.  see if your theory about the server caching holds up?  FYI the first one I got was Groundhog Day and took several hours to come through.  That was the first day.  The second one I bought was the other day and it was V for Vendetta - arrived in 25 minutes.  Rented Lars and the Real Girl last night, came through in 25 minutes...



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  Reply # 161494 2-Sep-2008 11:37
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I might do that tonight... Has anyone rented/purchased any iTunes movies recently? Please put your list down in Rental and Purchase then I'll pick at least one that is worth watching *lol*




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Reply # 161690 2-Sep-2008 21:25
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I'm renting/downloading Stargate: The Ark of Truth... 1.06GB and only done 86.5MB for the last 20mins and got 5 hours remaining... this is slow! In 5 hours, I've gone to video store, get the dvd, come one and watch and perhaps watched twice... And still got the whole night to set up a rip if I'm that keen to keep.

But a rental versus rental... iTunes movies rental is slow! This is almost equivalent to DVD Unlimited where you must plan ahead of what dvd you want to watch and wait for it to get send out to you. In this equivalent, you have to wait for the download done!




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  Reply # 161696 2-Sep-2008 21:51
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Seems a bit odd there Chiefie.
As I mentioned in my last post I d/l a long movie-3 hrs worth at 2 Gb.
Im with Islug/Vodafone and it took me 3 hrs to get. By comparison very good.??!!~
Depending on network load and Itunes bandwidth etc too I suppose.




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  Reply # 161713 2-Sep-2008 23:42
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When it is downloadin... I decided to play WoW... and so far i've been in WoW for just over 2 hours... and the rental download is done... so for some reason, it is quicker when you less expecting it... :-/




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  Reply # 161750 3-Sep-2008 09:03
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Not sure Chiefie, but we downloaded a purchased movie (SD) in about 20-30mins, however a HD rental was a over 3 hours. (xtra ADSL)

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  Reply # 161775 3-Sep-2008 10:19
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I'm sure it's not iTunes, I'm still getting those speeds i mentioned in previous posts.

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  Reply # 165958 21-Sep-2008 11:44
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With Akamai's CDN the first to request a file through one of their local nodes will experience slow speeds.  After that it's cached locally, and good speeds are achievable.  For example we downloaded the OS X 10.5.5 update as soon as it was available, and it was crawling at about 3-400KB/s.  We then downloaded it a second time for another machine, and it came down at 1.5-1.6MB/s, which is our maximum achievable rate over our Slingshot ADSL(2+) connection.  

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