Surge of Star Wars fans too much for ticket sitesMovie ticket sites couldn't handle the force of Star Wars fans - with glitches lasting several hours. Meanwhile, Apple shares subscriber numbers for Apple Music, and Apple TV goes on sale next week.
The force was too strong for movie ticket websites Monday. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. You may have felt a disturbance in the force Monday night as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror. When they couldn't get tickets for the upcoming Star Wars movie because every ticketing website and app was down, and constantly crashing unable to handle the demand. I was among those trying, and I was trying for three hours. Tickets for opening weekend. Weekend were supposed to go on sale at the same time for the full trailer for the Force Awakens which premiered on ESPN during half time of Monday Night Football and social media went crazy. The force is calling to you. [MUSIC] I mean, there is so much there to freeze frame and analyse. Why is Ray crying and [INAUDIBLE] And why didn't they show Luke's face? And there was sad princess Leia, you know what let's go back to that Leia shot because that was pretty much face from the exhaustion of dealing with these ticketing websites which ended up starting sales before the trailer went live but Even if you kept refreshing apps and websites, you were hit with constant timeout glitches and other error messages. Fandango, or shall we say Faildango, didn't prepare for this traffic and it was listing some showings as unavailable when they were available and even crashing on me several times after. I submitted payment. Finally, I did get through on AMC's website, but some people just had better luck going in-person to a theater. Yeah, best to just give up on technology. Oh, and after I did finally get my tickets, here's something that added to the adventure. Even though, I got sale messages on Fandango, some of the payments actually went through, apparently. As I discovered with random confirmation emails for tickets I didn't think, I bought. And, had to get refunds for. It's enough to make you turn to the dark side. We have another two months until it comes out, so at least I have a little Sparrow, BB8, to keep me calm in the mean time. But in the mean time there is more news to talk about so let's segue from the dark Side to an Apple story. More than 6 and a half million people are now paying for the Apple Music service since it launched at the end of June. It costs $10 a month. Apple's CEO Tim Cook shared the number at a conference Monday. To compare, Spotify has 20 million paying members. But 6.5 isn't bad for only being around for a short time. Cook also revealed that the new Apple TV streaming video box will go on sale Monday and it'll start to ship by the end of next week. The box costs $150 and it adds support for Siri as well as app games. And that's it for this tech news update. There's more at Cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]