Rap mogul Jay-Z may have the entire world talking about his new Magna Carta Holy Grail, however, it may mostly consist of Samsung Galaxy users that had to resort to extremes to get their free album.
Despite Samsung purchashing a million copies to give away, reports claim endless amounts of people complained about problems downloading the LP’s application to their phones.
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)
Some reports suggest the unexpected amount of users trying to get the app ultimately resulted in the technical glitches.
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)
A common complain has been where the album actually goes after it has completed downloading.
Meanwhile, on Google Play itself, the most common complaint from those who’d managed to successfully download the album had to do with the download destination. “Its amazing that Samsung has done this for certain users,” writes S3 owner Matthew Abreu. “Its great to see the creativity it took to create this album. Would have been perfect if it was actually downloaded into your music player.” No word yet on numbers of units moved through the promotion, but as this is written,19,472 downloaders have “reviewed” MCHG, with an average rating of 3.4 out of 5. (HITS Daily Double)
“I read this and……..”Naw I’m cool” pic.twitter.com/x8fXPG1tvC,” he tweeted.
“@KillerMikeGTO The reason they need access to your storage is when they do updates. unneeded data, they delete just to fix bugs etc,” Mike retweeted July 2.
“Say @THAcAUSEofDEATH WTF are u talm bout. I like the Rapper Jay Z. Infact longer than U. But I am not comfortable with that.”
“@Skritchin @THAcAUSEofDEATH “Nigga act like I said Fuck Jay he weak”. I ain’t a sucka who says Suck shit. I am a man that has a standard.”
“U Niggas will never B “Jay Z”. He know it. I know it & inside we booth giggle (Like he did on @RealTimers) that u Dont. #ReasonableDoubt” (Killer Mike’s Twitter)