Apple today said that CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote on Monday drew record crowds, almost doubling the old record set at Macworld New York six months ago.
Apple reported that more than 81,000 simultaneous viewers watched the live Internet stream, serving more than 11 terabytes of content during the webcast. The keynote attracted more than 160,000 unique web visitors and during the peak of the webcast, more than 16.5 gigabits per second of video were streamed at broadband rates to viewers worldwide.
“This is an industry record for simultaneous video streaming, and it was only possible with QuickTime,” said Philip Schiller, vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With an average of over 2 viewers per stream, a total of over 300,000 people watched our keynote via QuickTime streaming.”
Apple reported late last year that one million copies of Apple’s QuickTime 5 are being downloaded every three days, putting it on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution.