Rapidshare says bye bye to captcha

Thu, Jul 3, 2008

Internet, the 12th most popular site [via Alexa], and the most most popular file hosting site on the planet has finally,for the goodness of the eyes of common being, bid farewell to its notorious CAPTCHA.

This news is big owing to the status of rapidshare. They say rapidshare is a goldmine if you learn to use it wisely and efficiently. Many people prefer it over torrents and p2p apps like Limewire. Other benefit will be that we wont need magnifying lenses to spot the cat(etc) hidden somewhere in the CAPTCHA. I really had some tough time cracking the image code.

There is more.

Free users can now upload or download files upto 200 Mb in size. Though, they have limited the download speed for free users to 500 kilo bits/sec to compensate for the automated downloading that will result from removal of CAPTCHA. But again, they have eliminated waiting period between two downloads for free users.Though you will still have to see a 25 sec refractory period prior to every download if you are a free user.

Premium users can now download upto 10 GB/day[w.e.f. 26 June,2008]. If they are unable to use their allowed usage, their remaining usage is carried forward to the next day, the maximum accumulation limit being 50 Gbs.

I can see smiling faces.

So enjoy downloading.


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42 Comments For This Post

  1. poo Says:

    “Though, they have limited the download speed for free users to 500 kilo bits/sec to compensate for the automated downloading that will result from removal of CAPTCHA.”

    This is more like 60 kb/s top speed i get in last 2 days

  2. mayank Says:

    ^^ Thats the only let down.
    But many people will be happy as you dont have to wait in between two downloads.

  3. Robin Majumdar Says:

    But how will they combat a deluge of spambots if they get rid of the CAPTCHA system ? Something I am missing in this story….


  4. mayank Says:

    I think they cant!
    Thats why they have limited the doanload speed for free users to 500 Kbps,so that their servers are not loaded heavily by free users.

  5. Gad Says:

    Didn’t know about this, its good to find out. You are right in that RapidShare did have an absolutely notorious CAPTCHA system that put many people off from using it, but the new features you talked about sounds really good. I might start using it again now, thanks for the post.

  6. Mayank Says:

    Well you are right.CAPTCHA(CATSCHA?) pissed many people off.
    But one thing RS was so popular was the speed it provides.That gave them an edge over torrents and other p2p’s. But that advantage is now gone.We ll have to see how that affects,both RS and torrent sites.

  7. Dainu Says:

    That’s a really good news. Their captcha was sometimes so illegible, therefore I’ve much preferred other free hosting sites. Actually, now Rapidshare is a great service again.

  8. mayank Says:

    @ Dainu

    Dont forget that they have limited the download speeds. A very important reason for why RS was so sought after was the speeds it offered, now, we dont have those speeds(ofcourse im talking about free accounts)

  9. Phill Says:

    Im glad they limited the donwload speed.. now us premium users can finally download full speed :)
    Eh, getting rid of the HappyHours sucks though as my site checked it and now i have one less feature :P :(.

    Yea there captchas sucked, when i had free account, you could hardly read it!

    Mm atleast I dont have trouble finding files [i own kik ass rs search engine, link checking, ipban bypass site :) ]

  10. nnn Says:

    Rapidshare premium accounts all works.

  11. Wong Ngawi Says:

    You’re right, Rapidshare is indeed a well of treasure for most resources I want to obtain. Even they had removed CAPTCHA, I wish I had a premium account, though :-)

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