Mediama/thelinkup/Streamload is dead

As a subscriber I've been pretty pissed off with Streamload's service over the last 6 months, but particularly nonplussed to get an email like the one below:

MediaMax / The Linkup is closing

We regret to inform you that we will be closing The Linkup service on Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

Please login to your account and download any files that you wish to keep before Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

The Linkup is no longer accepting any uploads or new accounts, and no further charges will be made to your credit card. After August 8, your account will not be accessible, all your personal information will be deleted (username, billing information, history, etc), and your files will be deleted.

It was not possible to satisfactorily complete the move of files from MediaMax to The Linkup as we had expected, and as a result cannot offer a service that meets your expectations and our business requirements. This is a very disappointing outcome for us, and we know it has been a frustrating experience for many of our customers. We are very sorry that we have not been able to continue our service as we had envisioned.

Sincerely,
The Linkup Team


In fact, I got the cancellation notice from paypal before I got the email, even more annoying as I didn't know why they'd cancelled my subscription.

However what is most frustrating for me, like many users, is the discovery that most of my files never actually made it to the new services. Of the gig or so of mp3s I had backed up, about 75% or more never made it. Photos and documents did generally better, but I am also missing many pdf and doc files. Pretty frustrating for a paid for service.

I initially considered Google's storage service, but it seems to be only email and photos, and I already have a Flickr account (which with unlimited capacity for photos, is excellent value if like me your photo collection expands into the thousands, and I particularly like the feature which enables you to download different sizes - I actually use this to resize scanned hand drawn systems diagrams for use in OU assignments as it does a better job of reducing file size than anything else).

It was difficult to find a replacement, but I think orbitfiles will do the trick. They offer 6GB of free storage so I can try it out for a while and see if I have enough data to justify a paid for account.

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