Rapidshare to drop unlimited storage plans

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 17, 2013

It has certainly not been easy for file hosting providers ever since Megaupload was taken down. Rapidshare back then decided to change its plans completely to something that looked and felt more like classic hosting plans. The idea behind the change was the following: instead of limiting file downloads by bandwidth, they were now limited by bandwidth limits linked to the account of the uploader of the file. Files that free users uploaded were limited to 1 Gigabyte of traffic per day for instance, while the limit for paying customers was set to 30 Gigabytes per day instead.

The amount of files were not limited at all and quite a few users seem to have made use of that to archive large quantities of data on Rapidshare.

Rapidshare announced a major change to its hosting plan last Tuesday on the official company blog. The available storage for RapidPro customers will be limited to 250 or 500 Gigabyte from March 20, 2013 onwards. This change affects all paying customers of the service, even those who have paid for a plan in advanced and beyond March 20, 2013.

Existing users have two options if their storage exceeds the new limit. They can either delete data, or have Rapidshare delete the data automatically if not done in time by the user, or increase their payments to the file hoster if they want to keep the storage that they are currently making use of.

Rapidshare only mentions two plans and their prices in the announcement, but there are more than that.  The prices that have been publicly announced are the following:

  1. 250 Gigabyte of storage are available for 9.99 € per month or 99.99 € per year.
  2. 500 Gigabyte of storage are available for 19.99 € per month or 199.99 € per year.

RapidPro users are notified about the change and the emails seem to include offers that match their current data storage. A user on Reddit reported that 4 Terabyte of storage are available for roughly 300 € per month or 3000 € per year while 8 Terabyte of storage would cost 700 € per month or 7000 € per year.

The accounts of free users will be set to a 5 Gigabyte data limit, and all files exceeding this amount will be deleted by Rapidshare unless done so by users first. The only option to retain access to those files is to sign up for a paid account on the site.

Before the change, all customers will have the chance to choose an account type and potentially decrease the needed storage space by deleting files. If a RapidPro customer hasn't selected an account type by the time the change comes into effect, he will get 250 GB of storage space automatically for the remaining run-time. The storage space can be upgraded to 500 GB or more at any time. In this case the remaining run-time is cut in half. Before the deletion of the files which exceed the storage space limit, you will receive an email.

What's interesting in this regard is that Rapidshare plans to make the change for existing users even though those have paid for a specific product, in this case unlimited storage among other things. It is also not clear how files will be deleted. Will the company delete the oldest or newest files first, or use another method of deciding which files to delete and which to keep.

I can't really say anything about the legality of the change, but it is certain that many users of Rapidshare who are affected by it won't be happy at all.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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