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iOS 4 rollout brings lengthy download times

Apple's distribution of iOS 4 is hitting some speed bumps with long download times, and few alternatives in sight. Have you been affected too?

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Eager to get your hands on the latest and greatest version of Apple's iOS for your iPhone or iPod Touch? Apparently you're not alone, as CNET readers, Twitter users, and our own staff members have been experiencing heavily extended download times, as well as download failures on the software update.

For this reporter, the start-to-finish time to grab Apple's 378MB iOS 4 firmware update (which is one of Apple's biggest yet) was estimated at 4 hours and 29 minutes, averaging 20KB to 30KB downloaded per second. It also had to be restarted twice, due to connection drops on the other end. By comparison, a successful download of a 379MB file from Apple's iPhone developer center Web site took just 17 minutes on the same connection.

If history has taught us anything though, it's that the download will get faster--it will just take time. The same thing happened when iOS 3 was released, prompting download times in excess of an hour for the much smaller 230MB file.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

How's your download experience been? Let us know in the poll to the left, or in the comments.