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Posted on Apr 20, 2014 6:37:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2014 7:38:33 PM PDT
E. Summers says:
Amazon digital game downloads are very slow for me. 50 megabit Internet connection, yet a 12 GB download is taking 80 hours. Normally a gig takes no more then a couple minutes on my connection. I will probably not use Amazon digital game downloads again if I have a choice.

EDIT: I found out that Amazon is partnering with Origin and Steam for this. If you take the code from the email when you buy a game and punch it directly in to origin (in my case) the download is a lot faster. I should have bought from origin to begin with because the games were listed for half of Amazon's price.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 6:39:12 PM PST
S. McPherson says:
Yes I've learnt that your ISP definitely makes the difference when it comes to downloading.

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 2:49:55 PM PST
Totetsu says:
Sounds normal.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 5:34:10 PM PST
Andrew Zafft says:
No, I don't believe it is entirely provider dependent. It is also game popularity dependent. I get around 1.6-1.7 MB/s on popular Steam games which is about the same as uTorrent at it's usual max. I get 30-40KB from Amazon for what I would assume would be an unpopular game (Majesty 2 download started 12/30/13).

A lot of this is disperse availability. But a lot more is network allocation on both the server and clients end.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 6:30:29 PM PDT
Backstop says:
I am sitting at 50 hours for a 13 GB game. I have downloaded 300mb in the last hour, and I have outstanding speed.

This may be my last digital game purchase from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2013 8:27:42 AM PDT
Sudeley says:
Damn that is alot of space for movies and shows. I only got a total of 8tb in external.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 7:55:12 AM PDT
mc-Hotsauce says:
simultaneous 1080p streams and dl humblebundle games this past month was the main reason for my upgrade from 35 to 75. plus they give me more speed after peak hours here which is great for my schedule.
many uploads this week to friends in asia and russia where speeds can make me look like the tortoise to their
soon i will see what that google fiber speed will be like when i go to kc, mo next month...with about 10 2TB drives for all the movies and shows and... well you know!
ill let you know how much i can get in the 3 days im excited!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2013 7:43:29 AM PDT
Sudeley says:
Man I wish I had your connection speed. I DL alot also, 35mb is not too bad, but 75mb is tons better.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 7:41:10 AM PDT
mc-Hotsauce says:
yeah... 8 bits = 1 byte
got 75 Mb down here and now i get ~10-12MB on steam. verizon told me they gave me a boost for having them. used to only get ~8.2MB so im not complaining. ~80-100Mb is not bad considering i up/download alot every week.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 7:40:36 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2013 6:59:02 AM PDT
Sudeley says:
Will have to get his confirmation on his speed. I have a 3b which transis to 3MB/s

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 5:15:31 AM PDT
"Downloading at 200kB/s on a 3MB/s connection....thanks amazon... "

3MBit/sec (which is what your ISP sells you, MegaBIT, not MegaBYTE) is 293KB/sec.
Take away overhead (like the bandwidth you're using to rant here that your download is going so slow, maybe watching some youtube videos or streaming music from iTunes) and that's pretty close to the 200KB/sec you're getting.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 9:50:28 PM PDT
Sudeley says:
My connection is 35Mb/s so at max i can get between 3MB/s to 4MB/s. 200KB is only 2mb/s connection approximately.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 8:04:15 PM PDT
WolfPup says:
3MB would be 24Mb/s, is that what you have?

Well anyway I'll just say again 200KB/s is crazy fast by most any standard...

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 7:07:12 PM PDT
Solomon says:
Downloading at 200kB/s on a 3MB/s connection....thanks amazon...

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 10:05:53 AM PDT
Sparhawk says:
Be neat if Amazon started using a bittorrent client for their downloads to save us time and them money...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2013 8:01:39 AM PDT
mc-Hotsauce says:
what are you trying to dl?
what game?
is it on steam?
dl it somewhere else other than here.
i dont know why their servers slow down so much. i know steam will after a big sale there or from a bundle pack on some other humble site.
i hope it works out better for you soon.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 2:42:54 AM PDT
BrandeX says:
I have an ETA of nearly 200 hours for a 7GB game. You all are lucky. I can get it on a torrent in about 1 day and use my key on that instead, so I guess that is what I'll have to do. /facepalm Amazon servers

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 8:17:37 PM PDT
it took 2 days to download GTA 4. TWO F***ING DAYS!!! Amazon needs to fix this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 8:31:12 AM PDT
I am seeing about 2.3M per 20 Meg connection on Steam!

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 11:33:27 AM PDT
LJohns83 says:
I started up the download again today and suddenly I'm getting my maximum speed (a little over 6MB/s).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:30:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2013 12:33:03 AM PDT
Sudeley says:
thats what i get tho, my plan is 30 Mb/s. when i can max it out, it really flies.

actually here is my speed test, it is actually alittle faster.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:03:14 AM PDT
WolfPup says:
That's actually slightly over 31Mb/s :-O

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 9:49:04 PM PDT
Sudeley says:
I believe his 6MB/s I have 30mb/s and I get between 3500KB to 4000KB at max.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:13:20 PM PDT
LJohns83 says:
Yes, I'm only getting about 300 kilobytes per second even though my connection is capable of 6.0 megabytes per second (yes, I really do mean 6 megabytes). I know this from experience because I can get 6.0 megabytes per second when I download something on Steam.

It's going to take about 14 hours to download 8 GB when it should only take under an hour.
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