“Dozens if not hundreds of users are reporting extremely slow transfer speeds to and from .Mac servers in Europe. This Apple Discussions thread harbors a number of the complaints.
In most cases, users report that when they connect to a .Mac Gallery they are unable to download content at speeds faster than 80 KB/sec, regardless of connection type, making the Gallery feature virtually unusable for both Images and Video. However, downloads or uploads to iDisks take place at normal speeds. This would seem to indicate some sort of cap on transfer speed for the former (.Mac galleries and hosted sites).”