Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2012 11:14 PM (in response to matt.smith)
I'm using my ISP's DNS servers not OpenDNS using a wired connection and have the same experience downloading any Apple updates from the App Store as have others. Painfully slow. I don't experience this performance issue when downloading software from any other source. Currently I'm trying to update iPhoto and iMovie. The iPhoto update of just 391.14Mb has so far taken about 30 minutes to download 158Mb with the estimated download completion time jumping around from 12 hours to an hour. Having to go through this process each Mac is just not acceptable.
The 4 latest MacOSX updates (including the latest iTunes 10.6.3 update) processed a few minutes previously via Software Update took less than 5 minutes. Trying to deliver MacOSX, OSX updates, iPhoto updates, iMovie updates, etc via the App Store does not work. The high volume of users downloading small apps from the App Store will inevitably have a negative impact on any large downloads.
In my view all MacOSX system and factory-shipped software and updates should be delivered either via direct downloads from the Apple Support/Downloads and/or via Software Update. This is particularly relevant to those responsible for managing networks or multiple Macs.
As regards the OSX Lion USB Thumb Drive (US$69) mentioned previously, it not not unreasonable to expect installation media to be shipped with the product. The customer should not have to spend additional money on something they have already purchased. Having to rely on an Internet connection, which may or may not be available, to reinstall the base operating system is simply not acceptable as others have already pointed out in this thread.
In my feedback to Apple on the lack of shipped installation media (- the first time in all my years of Apple product use I felt strongly enough about any issue and to which I have received no response) I raised the issue of failed hard drives - I have experienced the complete failure of 3 brand new hard laptop drives in the past 2 years. The disruption as you can imagine was costly and lengthy to say the least. Thankfully only in the last instance did this occur when I was running Lion and I had already saved the 10.7 OSX installer to the server. I hate to think how long it would have taken to reinstate the system otherwise.
FYI, the iPhoto download has taken well in excess of an hour to complete and the iMovie update download (1.35Gb) is estimated to take in excess of 5hours currently. Needless to say the user needs access to their computer therefore the download of the update will have to be aborted.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2012 8:15 AM (in response to *ridgedale*)
Needless to say the user needs access to their computer therefore the download of the update will have to be aborted.
That download does not "take over" the machine. It can be run in the background while other activities proceed in the foreground.
It does NOT lock up the machine.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to m.mannes)
Then cancel it, discard the Application it is building in the Applications folder, and try again. The next time will likely be faster.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2012 4:16 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
It is important to bear in mind that no ordinary users have administrative rights on the systems I manage.
All systems management and maintenance is carried out through a separate Admin account. In order for the users to do their work they need to be logged into their own accounts, hence the need to abort the download(s) being run under the Admin account.
Even if I were stupid enough to allow users administrative rights, the performance impact on the ability to access work over the network with such a large file downloading in the background would just result in a lot of severely cheesed off users.
I must admit, I'm not looking forward to the same scenario with Mountain Lion if Apple is going to persist with delivery of OSX and large applications and updates through the App Store.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2012 12:10 AM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)
I had the same problem downloading Mountain Lion, so I left clicked on the downloading icon and paused the download, and then resumed it again, and immediately it started download at full speed. Either it's a bug or you simply end up downloading from a bad server some times. Pausing and resuming the download seems to do the trick.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2013 10:26 PM (in response to ChiefPoints)
Here's what I did.
1) check your data for your cell phone.
2) if you have enough and can tether turn tethering on
3) connect computer to your cell phones tethering
4) be amazed at how drastically the download time changes.
Mine went from 17 plus hours down to 58 min!!
srory if I spelled tether wrong..