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"Gangnam Style" Has Been Watched So Many Times It Broke YouTube

We're going to need a bigger view counter.

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Psy’s "Gangnam Style" has been watched so many times YouTube has been forced to upgrade its view counter.

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At the time of writing, the music video, from July 2012, had so far been watched 2,154, 803, 897 (2.15 billion) times.

The view counter on the video-sharing site originally used a 32-bit integer, meaning the maximum number of views it could record was 2,147,483,647, the BBC reported.

The success of "Gangnam Style", which has a billion more views than the second-most watched video on YouTube, has forced the Google-owned site into an upgrade.

YouTube said in a statement on 1 December:

We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met Psy. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!

Hover over the counter in Psy's video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube.