NEW York – The music video for Psy’s hit Gangnam Style has ‘broken’ YouTube by exceeding the maximum number of views the system was capable of counting.
YouTube said “the Gangnam Style video has been viewed more than 2,147,483,647 times. It has now changed the maximum view limit to 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, or more than nine quintillion.”
Gangnam Style became a worldwide hit when it was released in 2012, largely due to the surreal video.Video has been watched more than 2.15 billion times as of 4 December
YouTube’s counter previously used a 32-bit integer, which is a unit used to represent data in computer architecture. This means the maximum possible views it could count was 2,147,483,647.
On 1 December, it posted a statement saying: “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer… but that was before we met Psy.”
Google, which owns YouTube, later told website The Verge that engineers “saw this coming a couple months ago and updated our systems to prepare for it”.YouTube now uses a 64-bit integer for its video counter, which means videos have a maximum viewer count of 9.22 quintillion.
Psy has yet to comment although news of YouTube’s change was posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages.The second most watched video on YouTube is Baby by Justin Bieber behind Gangnam Style by more than a billion views.
Do you have information you wish to share with PakistanTribeCom? Email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share. Follow PakistanTribe on Twitter Follow @PakistanTribe and Join us on Facebook