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Rapidshare is a one-click hosting service that offers free and commercial services. Operation of the Swiss, was funded by the subscriptions of paying users. RapidShare is one of the world's largest file-hosting sites, with 10 petabytes of files on the server, and handles up to three million users simultaneously. RapidShare history was founded by Christian Schmid, who also took over management of the company after the old CEO and COO Bobby Chang left in April 2010.

RapidShare used to operate two different websites. RapidShare.de original site, which uses the German top-level domain "de.", And the organization has its headquarters in Cham, Switzerland. The second site, Rapidshare.com, has been operated and maintained in conjunction with RapidShare.de. On March 1, 2010, RapidShare.de permanently closed, and users visiting the site was forwarded to RapidShare.com. Next, upload the file to RapidShare.de no longer available for download.

In 2010, RapidShare is said to have hundreds of millions of visitors per month and become one of the 50 most popular internet sites.

Operations and services

Once uploaded, users are provided with a unique download URL which enables anyone with whom the uploader shares the URL to download the file. No user is allowed to search for content server.

On April 2008, RapidShare has 5.4 petabytes of storage for users. In March 2010 it was declared, after 120 Gbit / s upgrade, has a 600 Gb / s bandwidth.

Registration and payment allow benefits such as unlimited download speed, direct download (not having a waiting period), download multiple files simultaneously, queue skipping, the facility to interrupt and resume download, upload, download larger files up to 2 GB and to store up to 50 GB of data that can not be ended.

Before the date of July 1, 2010 there is a reward program that allows users to trade "RapidPoints" for the choice of product depends on the number of points the user has collected. On June 18, 2010, RapidShare announced that they will discontinue this program along with RapidDonations on July 1, 2010 to avoid the impression that rewarded users to upload copyrighted material.

There are restrictions on the download by non-account holders, such as 167-minute wait (increased in 2011 from 15-20 minutes) the time between the download; there is also a 5-minute period (before 1 minutes) to wait for each download once the user time waiting between downloads has been refreshed.

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