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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Unlimited File Storage with MediaFire

Wow. Unlimited file storage? Sign me up! But where's the catch? I can see webmail services offering 2GB of storage because most users will never use that much space, but to allow unlimited file hosting is a little insane. It's apparently true though.

MediaFire, unlike every other file hosting service, allows unlimited files sizes, unlimited uploads, and no sign up. Very cool. A nice upload progress bar tells you how long until the transfer is complete. Once uploaded, a direct download link, HTML link code for posting to MySpace or a blog, or forum link code for posting to bulletin boards is provided. You can even quickly send an IM to AIM or Yahoo! Messenger buddies.

I don't know how viable their business model is, but that's never stopped anybody. Certainly, unlimited file hosting is a good way to get a great deal of publicity and set them apart from the competition even if they do later decide to cap it.



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Reader Comments:

You got to update this: MediaFire does not give unlimited file size for upload now. They set a limit of 100MB per file. Try Nakido.com, they really allow unlimited file size for upload/download, and they will not delete your files.

When something sounds too good to be true,it usually is.
Check out the TOS (Terms Of Service) http://www.mediafire.com/terms_of_service.php
There is a very troublesome section in there:(Especially the last part):
"You may upload on the Services Content created by you or for which you have received express permission from the owner so that other users may view and download said Content. You assume all risk and liability for the Content you upload. You grant, transfer and assign to MediaFire and its successors, assigns and licensees, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of enabling us to make your Content available through the Service, a fully-paid, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right and license to publish, distribute, reproduce, transmit, use, translate and archive the Content."
In addition,under Acceptable Use Policy (UAP),you'll find another "red flag" :You cannot upload "Restricted (encrypted ?) or password protected content"(Obviously meant to give them less trouble to access your files).
My opinion:Maybe OK for simple files,otherwise:No Thanks !!! :)

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