Erik’s Brain

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Why Pay for More?

Hi Speed

I’m worried that Comcast is going to somehow figure out I’m getting these kinds of speeds when I’m only paying for ~50% of this kind of performance. Why should I actually pay for the 20Mbps or 30Mbps or 50Mbps level when I’m already getting this? What really gets me is that I almost never get to take full advantage of these speeds. iTunes rarely serves up movies at 2+MB/s. It’s usually around 500KB/s¹. The other day even YouTube wasn’t able to serve up low-res videos fast enough to keep them from stopping to buffer. And don’t even get me started on MLB.tv.

Point being: What’s the use of having a connection that can download 2, 3, or even 4 megaBYTES per second if web servers can’t serve up content that fast?

¹In all fairness, though, iTunes does serve up content quickly sometimes. Mad Men in HD has come in at over 1MB/s at times. And podcasts tend to come in super fast. But, c'mon. Apple doesn’t have the resources to serve up content at top speed ALL THE TIME? With the new Apple TV, that they tout as being all about rentals and not storing any media, iTunes’s inability to serve up content quickly is going to be the weak link?

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