Goodbye Rapidshare: shuts down free offer, increases pricing

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Rapidshare was once one of the most popular file hosting websites in the world. It started to go downhill a couple of years ago when the company changed its business model significantly to a file owner paid hosting model.

While that was beneficial to users who only downloaded from the file hosting site, it limited paying customers to a certain transfer ratio per day.

Since download limits were removed, incentives to sign up for a paid account to improve download performance on Rapidshare or download more than a certain amount of data became non-issues.

Affiliates promoted Rapidshare prior to the change to downloaders who wanted to avoid slow downloads and bandwidth limitations. With the incentive gone, many turned to other file hosting services instead.

Less than a year later, Rapidshare announced that it would drop the unlimited storage plan that it had offered previously. Users who were over the limit suddenly faced the decision to pay a lot of money for their data storage, or turn to different hosting providers instead.

Then two months later news of layoffs made the round and things went downhill ever since. The last subscription plan change was announced September 2013 and things went quiet afterwards.

A notification is displayed to Rapidshare users who visit the website as of today. Rapidshare notifies its customers that it made the decision to terminate standard plans completely on the site

rapidshare notice

In addition to shutting down the standard plan as of July 1, 2014, it announced the pricing of the two plans it will offer in the future:

  • Standard Plus for €49.99 per month
  • Premium for €99.99 per month

Last year, accounts were available for €8.21 and €16.43 per month respectively which means that account prices have been increased by the factor six.

It is not clear if they will provide the same benefits as the old accounts, or if storage capacities or bandwidth per day has been increased as part of the price increase.

The offering page highlights the same storage capacities and the new prices which is a strong indicator that Rapidshare increased the price for each paid account type but kept everything else as is.

The company recommends that free users upgrade their account to a paid account, or backup the data that they have stored on Rapidshare prior to July 1, 2014. Rapidshare did not mention what it plans to do with data uploaded by free account users after July 1. It is however very likely that it will be deleted.

Closing Word

The removal of the free account option may make sense from a business perspective. But a price increase by the factor six is surely going to cause a mass exodus by existing users of the service.

While I have no information about Rapidshare's financials, it appears likely that the majority of paying users will shut down their account and migrate to another file hosting company instead.

Considering that you get 10 Terabyte of storage on Google Drive for the price of Rapidshare's Premium account, it is almost certain that a lot of users will move their data to other companies

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Rapidshare announced that it will shut down Standard free accounts on July 1, 2014, and that it will increase the price of paid accounts at the same time.
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Responses to Goodbye Rapidshare: shuts down free offer, increases pricing

  1. boldoot May 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Rapidshare has been living in a dream world for more than two years. Now its dream will become a nightmare as its few remaining users disappear over the horizon, never to be seen again.

  2. Cool May 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    What? People still using Rapidshare? Lmao.

    • Maelish May 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      My reaction exactly, I thought that people only used it to share porn & warez. Was it more than that?

      • Luis May 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

        Yes, it was.

  3. Teiji May 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    It looks like they want to die even faster.

    Rest in Pieces, rapidcrap.

  4. sades May 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Will disappear soon like the rest of backward fileshare company who still stuck with 2000's mentality.

  5. city_zen May 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    The Alexa graph is priceless :D
    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/rapidshare.com

  6. Niklas May 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    haah good bye rapidshare indeed. They used to be good but whoever is in charge fucked it up real bad. Current pricing makes no sense. They must be high

  7. Richard Steven Hack May 18, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    Most file sharing services are evidently run by morons, based on their usability, reliability and performance. The cloud storage services are clearly taking over, especially with the big names like Amazon and Google dropping their prices to ridiculously low levels. The only use for a file sharing service these days is clearly to distribute copyrighted material - storing any other files on them is too expensive and unreliable.

    For accessing copyrighted material, I discovered BRapid a few months ago. This service provides for one low price (about $11/month) PREMIUM access to around 50 different file sharing services. I don't how they do it or how long they will last, but it's been working for me so far. There are occasional issues as the services change their protocols forcing BRapid to fix theirs, but it's not bad. Their tech support is pretty good, too - every time I've reported an issue, they've fixed it within 24 hours or even sooner. They used to support Rapidshare, but declared them "dead" for file-sharing last year, I think.

  8. pitty June 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi there,

    I'm an ex employee and developer of Rapidshare. Mr. Schmid has no clue of what he's doing. Yes, they are going to shut down the service soon since they only have one person left working there (from about 60 just one year ago).

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