The following Article is an attempt to provide people quick comparisons between two popular file hosting services viz., Rapidshare and Megaupload. There have been many queries relating to the choice of Service a member should opt for. The following points may prove little helpful:
It is a German files hosting company, but is now located in Switzerland, and has mainly online operations. The company belongs to RapidShare AG. RapidShare offers a simple and accessible system for storing and sharing files over the Internet. RapidShare gives users two modes of membership
1. Free (limitations in Storage , Download , Features ,Speed and a Waiting time period for downloads)
2. Paid Pemium Service ( Download quota = 2.5GB/day + Account Traffic left + Account Trafficshare balance ) .
Among the file hosting services available worldwide rapidshare is considered one of the largest and best in matters of speed and accessibility. According to Alexa worldwide ranking (2008), Rapidshare ranks number 12 on the list of most visited sites on the Internet.
History and evolution:
The service began as www(.)rapidshare(.)de but in October 2006, began operating parallely as www(.)rapidshare(.)com.While claiming that they were two different companies, the services had a common arrat. At present, almost all the day-tot-day operations and hosting is handled by rapidshare.com ,while Rapidshare.de is barely operating, and is doomed to disappear. This may have been motivated by Rapidshare.com behemoth growth, but also could be a strategy to physically remove the company from Germany and relocate to a country like Switzerland, which offers better legal and tax advantages.
One of the problems faced by RapidShare is that most of the content hosted on their storage systems, are copyrighted, hence downloading leads to intellectual property violations. Rapidshare has continuously faced associations that defend these copyrights, as MPAA, RIAA etc. In January 2008, the Chamber of Microentrepreneurs Switzerland (CMS) ruled in favor of RapidShare in a trial for legal reasons.
Although rapidshare hosts various and varied content, one of the methods used to protect their content is not offering a search option for its hosted contents.
MegaUpload is a files hosting service, available in 18 languages, was founded on March 21, 2005, by Megaupload Limited, Hong Kong.
The domain megaupload.com attracted at least 10 million visitors in 2008 according to a study by Compete.com. The basic service is available free of charge and allows users to upload files up to 1024 MB. The user can not download files free of more than 1 GB, however for the registered user can download 50 GB of files stored.
Any files uploaded by anonymous expire if not downloaded in less than 21 days. Users must fill out a text-based CAPTCHA to download a file. Free users must wait 45 seconds in the queue for the download (Registered users still have to wait 25 seconds) and a certain amount of time between the transfers after a certain amount of megabytes are downloaded. A premium account Can be obtained by paying, which gives a wide range of privileges.
MegaUpload also runs a website video streaming flash videos, like YouTube.
A Quick Comparison Of Features/Service
**Note: The comparison is not official. Table data Compiled from various sources (AC Neilsen, PC today etc..) and general opinion.
However, take the above poll , and tell us which is your choice of download service.