File sharing service Zippyshare is shutting down

Ashwin
Mar 21, 2023
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Zippyshare, the popular file sharing website, has announced that it is shutting down at the end of March 2023. The cloud storage service gained notoriety among law agencies, and a cult following among pirates.

That's not surprising, as Zippyshare was a popular choice among pirates who wanted to share music and games on the cloud storage service. The website debuted in September 2006, and lasted 17 years as a completely free to use service

Why is Zippyshare shutting down?

If you visit Zippyshare.com, you will notice a banner at the top, that says the website is shutting down at the end of March, and asks users to back up their files before the lights go out. A blog post on the site's homepage sheds more details on the closure.

The article notes that the site's visitors have reduced over the years, likely due to the rise of other cloud storage services, which look better and have more features. Zippyshare's blog post highlights the use of ad blockers was a problem for the free file hosting service. As more people used ad blockers, the site tried to place more ads to compensate, but it didn't really work out.

We are not talking about small numbers here, TorrentFreak reports that Zippyshare still gets around 45 million visits every month. It's actually one of the top 1000 sites today in terms of visitors, and the service had received over 14.5 million requests over the years, for taking down URLs that contained copyrighted material. That should tell you how popular it was.

The announcement blames the cost of large servers and rising electricity prices, which has gone up 2.5 times in their region, as the reason for shutting down the service. It has become unaffordable for the owners to maintain the site. The article does not talk about any future plans, such as offering a paid subscription. It simply states that Zippyshare is shutting down. It seems strange that the owners aren't asking for donations either, considering its popularity.

Given that their main users were pirates, it's quite surprising that Zippyshare lasted this long.  What I mean is, the server costs over the years would have been enormous, especially with no paid options to bear the costs. But, there's no denying the fact that it was popular because it was free. Remember when Megaupload had to shut down? That was a different scenario, but nevertheless, things like this hurt a service's users too.

The Datahoarder, and Piracy related subreddits are full of memes about it, while pointing out some important things, such as how Zippyshare was the only file sharing service that didn't have timers, or obnoxious ads, and for offering fast download speeds. They have a very good point, the service was completely free, had no download limits, allowed unlimited storage, although it only allowed to upload files up to 500 MB in size (per file). You could even upload files anonymously to it.

This raises the question, is there a decent alternative for it? Would Mediafire qualify? While it does offer some paid plans, you can use it for free with ad supported downloads, and it also has a 10GB storage limit. That's not terrible, I guess, but I suppose there are better ones out there.

Did you use Zippyshare?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
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    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      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
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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.
      http://www.google.com/saved

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

    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/15/netflix-is-testing-game-streaming-on-tvs-and-computers/

    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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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    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
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    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm
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    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
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    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

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