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MediaMax / Streamload Shuts Down!

By on Jun 4, 2008 in Tech Takes | 3 comments

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Streamload Mediamax service shuts down
Long before I’d shifted to my own hosting – or even had my own domain name, I needed a file storage service to distribute any files I had. And at that time, I’d chosen Streamload, which had later shifted its customers to its parallel service called MediaMax. Now, out of nowhere, they’ve decided to pull the plug on their users, and shift it to a paid service. It’s simple – pay ~$6 per month, or say goodbye to your files. THIS is pure extortion, and cheating customers in its ugliest form. I doesn’t hurt me, simply because all my files are now safely on my own hosting. But what about users who’re not so lucky, and had trusted a company with their online backups?

This is SICK. When people shut shop, they let their users make a move. When Yahoo! Photos closed down, they gave the choice to their users to move to other services, like Yahoo!’s own Flickr – and even their competitors like Snapfish and Photobucket. The very least MediaMax could have done was to offer to shift to Box.net or something. They didn’t. And I really think their reputation will suffer because of this, as new users will be apprehensive about trusting a site which does NOT think about its customers before making a move.



3 Comments

  1. Naman Bagga

    June 4, 2008

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    Cruel move indeed.Its like hitting below the belt.Maybe someone from microsucks influenced/joined them.

    Thank God I transferred to GoDaddy and shifted all important files to my own hosting.

  2. Prateek Vijayavargia

    June 5, 2008

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    Thats really bad on their part. People who did have their files, will have no other option but to pay up, so its a good way of earning money for them, but then it shud not have come at the cost of their reputation. Sad :-(

  3. Ashwan

    June 13, 2008

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    Christ, this brings back memories… I used Streamload about 6 years ago to get scanned copies of the Asterix comics.

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