Amazon Servers Overcome by Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way'

Baby, you were born this way.

But it seems Amazon’s cloud servers weren’t born to handle the outpouring of Lady Gaga fans who attempted to download her new release “Born This Way.” According to a CBS News report this week, some Lady Gaga fans trying to download her new album “Born This Way” on Amazon hit a traffic roadblock on Monday.

The online retailer offered was selling the hit record for 99 cents, a one-day sale of the MP3 version of the album, $11 less than its price at iTunes, the Web’s dominant music retailer, according to The New York Times.

Amazon apologized via a Twitter message, sent about 1:15 p.m. Eastern time Monday: “We’re currently experiencing very high volume. If you order today, you will get the full @ladygaga album for $.99. Thanks for your patience.”

One Twitter user said she was only able to download two songs.

“@amazondeals I bought the Lady Gaga album for $0.99 and only two songs downloaded. Widespread issue?” tweeted Seattle-based accountant Katie Parker.

Amazon offers users 5GB of free storage – “enough space to store up to 1,000 songs. This space is yours to use as you like and you will never be charged for it,” the company says. If you buy an album through Amazon’s MP3 Store, they’ll give 20 GB of storage free of charge for one year.

Spokeswoman Sally Fouts told CBS New that Amazon experienced a high volume of traffic that caused delays for those downloading the album. The online retailer started selling music downloads on its Amazon MP3 Store in 2007, four years after the iTunes Store made its debut, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Customer reviews gave the album an average three out of five stars.

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