Friday, July 5, 2013

iPhone Users Had Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail Before Samsung Users


Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," came out Wednesday night, and as the rapper predicts on one track from it, he did indeed crash the Internet. Not literally, of course, but the artist's 12th solo studio album, released early to owners of Samsung phones who downloaded an app, set Twitter and Facebook abuzz. And not necessarily in a good way: Social media was rife with frustrated fans unable to get the app to work properly, and many of them ended up hearing the highly anticipated release long after those who'd secured "MCHG" free through file sharing links. (Los Angeles Times)

 At least that's how it was supposed to work. By 12:30 a.m., enraged fans took to Twitter and Google Play to moan about the 99 problems they were having trying to get the thing to work. A source in Jay's camp says the app got 20 million requests in the first hour alone, which crashed it. I tried poking my phone's app far into the night without success. The next morning, I found the music, not via Samsung but through the wonders of the Web. (Thank you, illegal file sharing). (New York Daily News)

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