I just did this test. I took a screenshot of two files downloading. One from Apples site and the other from a a different site. The Apple file was already in progress for about 6 minutes prior to snapping the shot and the other file was clicked about 10 seconds prior to taking the shot.
The file sizes of course are different but look at those times. Something is definitely wrong with Apples servers I would think... It took only 4 minutes to DL that second file. But 7.5 hours estimated time for the 759MB combo update? Wow...
I have been experiencing the same over the past 3 weeks.
I have a 101mb Optimum Ultra connection, with Speedtest.Net results upto 70mb/sec
Other sites like hulu or large downloads work fine, just anything from Apple either via iTunes on my MacBook Pro or via my apple TV takes hours.
I used to be able to stream pretty immediately, and HD's used to take under 20minutes to download up until 3 weeks ago, now they are taking hours.
I downgraded my cable package as I was getting more content via my AppleTV, now I am wondering if that was the right decision.
I put in a support request with Apple but have not heard back from them.
Optimum say they do not throttle their Ultra connections, and my performance at other sites makes me believe them.
I wish Apple would pay some attention to this problem
Look at this.
Ridiculous!! Nothing else even remotely downloads this slow for me. I just downloaded a 1GB test file in under 17 minutes.
What is going on here? The last thing I need is to get a "tech" on the phone who's reading a script and has me restarting my Mac and unplugging everything from my USB ports...
There is no way this can be related to my ISP unless they are only discriminating against iTunes download traffic. VERY frustrating.
No surprises, I heard back from iTunes Web Support, got the run around and was given links that weren't even relevant to the support item, despite going back and forth 3 times.
It continues to get worse.
YouTube from my AppleTV for HQ/HD content comes at a good rate, so clearly not my AppleTV, or my network. Same for my Laptop.
Apple really need to pull their head out and solve this, otherwise their dreams for dominating the media world are going to continue to a grinding halt, no matter how pretty their computers are.
Fri 19 February 2010: 12 13 PM
Had my ISP tech rep out this morning due to iTunes files bogging down. He claims the ISP network is healthy. Oddly, I tried downloading the same file on iTunes on WindowsXP. On the Windows machine, not logged in to the iTunes store, the file downloads normally.
With my MacPro 2.4, however, the connection drops off over thirty seconds or so to 0.0.
Previously, other downloads were doing the same, but now just the iTunes store on the Mac.
Can't figure this one, but may be related to the complaint being posted about here.
The same here.
This is frustrating - wanted to rent a movie from iTunes (actually payed already) and watch it with my wife ... and now ... 6 hours to wait ...
I checked my ISP - the bandwidth is there ... plenty ... it should be all there in 20 minutes, but not in 6 hours! Some seconds it looks like now it's fast again and then it almost halts ...
I hope Apple is reading these discussions here. It can't be that such a problem persists for weeks.
I'd appreciate an official statement from Apple and an explanation/outlook ... at least.
I have the same problem with my 27" imac.
getting 4-6Mbps (500-600 KB/s) with other servers and only 400kbps (40KB/s) with the itunes server. what is odd is that if I download multiple items from itunes at once they each can obtain 40KB/s so it seems to be limiting the speed of each file, not the total server speed.