RapidShare ‘Revamps’ Website with Anti-waiting Tag, Adds Anti-waiting Lounge with Cult Classic Games

Written By Sam on 2 October 2010

RapidShare, the Swiss-German file hosting site, one of the world’s largest, has recently revamped its website. Following frequent complaints from users about waiting times and legal issues that demanded filtering of uploaded files or a total shutdown, the company has changed their motto, though not much on the site actually has. RapidShare is now the ‘anti waiting’ company, though, ironically, the waiting times for downloads to begin have not changed at all. What has been added is an Anti-Waiting Lounge, where users are presented with cult classic games like Cosmic Defender. Ridiculous, but it beats seeing a strangled needle on a speedometer. The pricing structures have also changed.

RapidPro, introduced in July allowed users to buy ‘Rapids’ that are exchanged for traffic and disk space. The revised rates, may appear enticing to new users, but a closer look points to no real change. Previously, 99 Rapids got you 10 Gigabytes of storage, and 30 Gigabytes of traffic; now, users get 50 Gigabytes of secured storage and 150 Gigabytes of traffic for 495 Rapids. The price per Rapid is same (0.01€ per Rapid). Five times the traffic and space for five times the price. Use a calculator and you’ll see no real change.

The company has also climbed aboard the social networking bandwagon, with the introduction of RapidContact, a sort of GTalk clone on RapidShare. It is hard, though, to see why someone would want to remain on what is essentially a file sharing site for a chat session. According to the RapidShare news page “…we are currently testing an application called RapidContact, thanks to which our users all around the world can come into contact with each other, get to know each other and communicate with each other.”

Overall, the update is mostly cosmetic, with a lot of unnecessary fluff thrown in with the aim of getting more users hooked. The older, simple yet functional sans marketing gimmicks, interface was much better and much more usable. A revamp the site could have been done without.

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