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Gangnam Style breaks YouTube: After 2 billion views...counter stops!

The "Gangnam Style" viral video sensation that took the world by storm in 2012 has reached another historic milestone by maxing out YouTube's view counter.

The South Korean hit maker's video has surpassed 2 billion views (2,147,483,647).

"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," wrote Google, which owns YouTube, in a blog post this week."

Nine years ago YouTube's view counter was originally built with 2,147,483,647 as its maximum positive value.

YouTube's software developers say they saw the problem coming and recently updated to a new view counter across the site, Google spokesman Matt McLernon said.

"Gangnam Style" was the first clip to hit a billion views and is the most-watched video of all time. It was even the No. 5 most-played video on YouTube this past summer, McLernon said.

"People still play this video an absurd number of times," he said.

Korean pop singer Psy’s song about a wealthy Seoul suburb has become one of the most popular songs of 2012. Source: 1 NEWS


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