Amazon Slowed by Lady Gaga Release

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An Amazon Cloud Drive promotion plus Lady Gaga equals another bruise for Amazon as servers slowed Monday during the release of her new “Born This Way” album.

While Zynga’s GagaVille persevered Monday it seems that a surprise one-day sale of the MP3 version of the album for 99 cents stalled Amazon servers by early afternoon. The surprise sale was an attempt to promote Amazon’s Cloud Drive where users get 20GB of storage space by purchasing the album. Amazon issued the statement,  “Amazon is experiencing high volume and downloads are delayed. If customers order today, they will get the full Lady Gaga, Born This Way album for $0.99. Thanks for your patience.”

Amazon is trying to build as much momentum for their cloud service before Apple introduces their own this summer. Apple is reported to have signed the last major record label for its cloud-based music service, which has been the suggested use of their Maiden North Carolina data center.

Last month Amazon Web Services suffered big performance problems.  Embrace the Chaos Monkey.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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  1. John Rath Post author

    Take 2 : Amazon to try .99 deal again for Lady Gaga album. http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/26/amazon-repeats-0-99-deal-on-lady-gaga-album-says-servers-wont-melt-this-time/