This past Tuesday I began the not-so-painful and not-so-arduous task of renewing a spate of dead links for Babylon Pink, Belreve, Drip Tank, Monkey Rhythm and Snatches of Pink entries that I had posted at various times over the course of the last five years. Despite having a paid priority account with Rapidshare, my file hoster of choice, the renewed links were shuttered in less than a week, as one of my astute readers pointed out yesterday. Never mind that when I originally shared these titles the links were active without incident for years. Never mind that I actually had the approval of sharing these records from some of the artists themselves. Never mind I was not alerted or provided an explanation when they were originally nixed (earlier this year I believe in the case of all five, and close to a hundred more).
When I selected the updated links today the resulting page on Rapid's site indicated they were "illegal." A thoroughly arbitrary move on their part on these titles and dozens of others that have gone dormant. In short, R/S is ostensibly ok with me uploading fresh files seeing the light of the day for the first time, but they mean business about the established ones, that once again were removed arbitrarily in most cases. The vast majority of links I've posted since 2007 are still live, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to re-post that batch of "dead" files. I know Mediafire has been closing certain blogger accounts entirely, and a lot of the newbies like Rapid Gator and a bunch more are prone to depositing spyware, and nearly as annoying, depict misleading download prompts. I'll continue utilizing Rapidshare for brand new posts, but could use some help in determining where to park the links I have need to revive. Thanks.