Introduction
How to download
Download managers

Introduction

It was recently reported that server-based file sharing has overtaken BitTorrent as the most popular method of obtaining content so I decided to provide a little information here for those interested in checking it out.

Advantages

The main advantages are fairly easy to understand.  You download from servers that pump out files at high, consistent rates and you don’t need to worry about seeding the files back, just download and you’re done.

Disadvantages

However, most of the main providers – RapidshareMegauploadFileserveNetloadHotfile (plus many more) – all charge users for Premium Access. This usually allows you to download multiple files at a time and almost always as fast as your own internet connection will allow.

It’s important to understand that even with a premium account there are still limits to the amount you can download, but they are typically in the range of GB’s each week or month so you shouldn’t worry about this too much.

You also have to be a little more aware about the quality or honesty of the files you think you’re downloading. Most of the providers reward those sharing the files when others download them, often with additional download limits or even free accounts. This means people sometimes make fake downloads of popular files, just so others will download and they in turn profit.

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How To Download

First of all you need to find a popular sharing forum.  There are many and Google is your friend!

Then you might want to sign up for ‘Premium Access’ with a service provider. Who you choose really depends on where you see the files being hosted that you typically want to download.  Rapidshare is very popular, as is Megaupload.  But you should do your research and work out which offers the best value for money.

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Download Managers

To really get the most out of these sorts of services you should install a download manager.  There are many available, offering the same sorts of features you might find in BitTorrent clients.  Some work with multiple provider accounts and some will also log into your premium access automatically too.

If you choose to use Rapidshare you might want to start off with their own download manager. You can also use any number of other download managers some of which are listed below.

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Flashget

Flashget

FlashGet is a leading download manager and has the highest amount of users on the internet. It uses MHT(Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols and has excellent document management features. FlashGet is a freeware without any adware or spyware.

It uses MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique and optimization arithmetic and it can split downloaded files into sections and supports multipoint transfers in parallel. Moreover, the techniques (UDCT, Ultra Disk Cache Tech) can protect your hard disk and make you download more stable.

FlashGet supports HTTP,FTP,BT,MMS,RTSP and other protocols. It is seamless between protocols and there is no need to operate manually for download switch. The One Touch technique optimizes BT download and can automatically download target files after getting seeds information, hence no need to operate again.

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JDownloader

JDownloader

JDownloader is open source, platform independent and written completely in Java. It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com – not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay. It offers downloading in multiple paralell streams, captcha recognition, automatical file extraction and much more. Of course, JDownloader is absolutely free of charge. Additionally, many “link encryption” sites are supported – so you just paste the “encrypted” links and JD does the rest. JDownloader can import CCF, RSDF and the new DLC files.

Don’t underestimate the versatility of this download manager, it covers pretty much every known provider under the Sun!  Just check the changelog to see what I mean.

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RapGet

RapGet

RapGet (RAPidshareGET) is a downloader with code recognition for such share servers as rapidshare.de, megaupload.com, slil.ru and others.

Advantages

  • a freeware;
  • a small soft (about 200 Kb);
  • autodownloads from 68 free share services;
  • a lot of simultanious downloads;
  • multilingual support (48 languages).

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Raptor

Raptor

Raptor is a free RapidShare download manager that allows you manage and add multiple rapidshare files download links in queue and downloads them one by one without having you to start each download yourself. The Raptor interface is very user-friendly and you can download / schedule your files from Rapidshare easily.

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