Korean pop star PSY's “Gangnam Style” music video has exceeded the maximum number of views that video-sharing website YouTube had previously set for clips on the site, prompting the site to upgrade its view counter. At the time of writing, “Gangnam Style” had 2,154, 856, 064 views. It has long been the most-viewed video on the popular site.
In a post on social networking site Google Plus, YouTube wrote: “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)!”
Google, which owns YouTube, told technology news site The Verge that its view counter was never actually 'broken.'
"We saw this coming a couple months ago and updated our systems to prepare for it. … so we updated to a 64-bit counter (9,223,372,036,854,775,808 max — that's 9 quintillion)."
The second most-viewed video on YouTube, “Baby” by Justin Bieber, is one billion views behind “Gangnam Style,” according to the BBC.