RapidShare Ready to Launch Download Stores

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RapidShare, a one-click file hoster out of Switzerland, has rolled out some significant changes to its premium accounts that aim to appease rights holders. One of the biggest changes: For some €70 (about $87) a month, customers get access to a license manager that will enable them to sell their own files through the site.

RapidShare will also discontinue its Rapidpoints loyalty program, which has been used to reward uploaders for popular downloads. Rapidpoints could be converted into paid premium accounts, making it essentially possible to pay for your account by generating traffic — a feature that some rights holders have viewed as encouraging piracy.

Rapidpoints are being replaced by a new, prepaid payment unit called Rapids: 400 Rapids cost €4.99, while 20,000 Rapids are €199. Users have a choice of five different service models of file hosting, and are billed daily, making it possible to switch back and forth between different hosting plans on a day-by-day basis. The two most expensive plans also offer the ability to sell files.

RapidShare has been working on premium content partnerships for a while now. The company opened a movie download site in cooperation with Warner Bros. at the end of last year and has since been reaching out to rights holders to sell content. A company spokesperson told us last December that the missing piece to the puzzle for paid downloads on RapidShare was a payment solution; the new prepaid points model appears to be just that.

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vmp94 - an RS free user

Yep. It’s time to leave RS and find a better host. I thinks downloaders would prefer mediafire (no waiting, simultanious downloads) but they don’t give reward points either. Hotfile sucks because they make you wait longer than RS. Megaupload is okay because their wait time, size limit and speed are better than RS. I’d like to see either MF or MU become the next most popular file host. I don’t know how their premium services compare but most ppl don’t pay anyway.

Alan Riaso

As a loyal rapidshare.com premium user for the last 4 years I am extremely angry at the new changes.

As a general rule, when a company’s offers become more confusing to the customer, as they have just become with rapidshare, it is never for the benefit of that customer. Rapidshare’s own news item announcing the changes is ridiculously long and convoluted.

Its like that old comedy sketch on TV, how do you get people to smack themselves in the face with a plastic hammer? Tell them they will get “points” for every time they do it.

My traffic share bandwidth has disappeared and converted to useless “Rapids” (bland committee-think at its best). Bandwidth used to accumulate to 25 GB if unused for 5 days. Now it only accumulates to 5 GB, any unused daily bandwidth will now be lost. Instantly screwed.

This is the equivalent of the old 3 card trick. It looks ok on the surface but in actuality the paying customer is getting shafted when you actually break it down.

I wont be paying them any more and will be telling anyone who’ll listen to leave them. I’m going to move all my stuff to another hoster. Which one? It hardly matters, as all the big ones are now better than rapidshare.

MAY

YES THIS IS ONE BIG CON
THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THEIR REGULAR CUSTOMERS ALL THEY WANT IS
MONEY MONEY MONEY, HOLD NO RESPECT FOR US AT ALL
ON THE AVERAGE OF NEARLY 500% INCREASE THIS COMPANYS ON ITS WAY OUT

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