Zippyshare is shutting down after 17 years of operation

There are a lot of competitors which do the job better than Zippyshare

Do you remember your days as a kid when downloading your favourite game for free was the matter of life and death for your computer? Those big download buttons are everywhere on a website and you couldn’t figure out which one is the real download button. Those were the memories.

Zippyshare was one of those infamous websites. It was a free peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing site like MediaFire, Mega, and even Google Drive. It allowed users to download images, executable files, videos, and others for free. Uploaders can create an account and add their files there, but these files have a limited file size allowed.

After 17 years of operation, Zippyshare is finally packing its bags. It stated that they’re shutting down due to stiff competition and that these competitors could provide a much better, more secure service than Zippyshare could offer. It also mentioned in its blog post about rising electricity and maintenance cost as the prime reasons.

The company also told its users to back up their important files. They have “two weeks to do so” according to their blog.

The file-sharing website remained relatively unchanged since its inception in 2006. Its main source of revenue was ads. However, as years passed and ad blockers became prominent and newer competitors provided a much better service, it was decided that Zippyshare could no longer afford to keep itself up and running.

Users can download any file with a file size limit of 500MB. When the files aren’t downloaded within 30 days, they would be deleted. Subsequently, there are no limits on how frequently you could upload files, so if your files are uploaded in parts, you can do so instantaneously.

Zippyshare was known for outliving similar websites such as Megaupload, Rapidshare, and Hotfile. It also somehow managed to avoid the authorities despite it being a completely free uploading service where anyone could upload copyrighted content. However, it was listed as a notorious market by the Office of the United States Trade Representative. The same organization reported that the website could inject malware onto the downloader’s computer.

We’ll miss those big download buttons that potentially gave you a virus. It was a memory downloading all those pirated games from there, especially the ones we followed through a YouTube tutorial.

Source: Zippyshare