Online storage service RapidShare has launched a new pricing model that involves a virtual currency – ‘Rapids’. Users pay £4.99 for 400 Rapids, rising to £199 for 20,000, and these are then used to pay for access to RapidShare using its tiered models. So a RapidSmall account, which includes 10GB of storage and 1GB of traffic a day, costs 4 Rapids a day, rising to 449 Rapids a day for the largest RapidBusiness account. However, the two premium accounts – RapidBusiness and RapidSupersize – include something called Licence Manager, which lets people sell their own files. That may be interesting for the music industry for both good (labels could use it) and bad (pirates could use it) reasons. Source: RapidShare News –

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