View Full Version : What's happened to free stuff on the Internet?

05-02-2002, 08:18 PM
Is the Internet going to end up where every thing costs? Lately any of the places which used to be free seem to charge now.

http://www.apexmail.com ,
http://www.xdrive.com ,
http://www.usa.net ,

just to name a few. It is getting quite annoying, so is there going to be an end to free things?


05-02-2002, 09:33 PM
I don't think it will disappear altogether, but the glory days have gone.

I read somewhere the opinion that the software free-for-all was, 'The fastest transfer of wealth in the history of the world.'

But, there are still individuals all over the world making stuff just for the fun of it and giving it away.

Companies still use freebees to draw attention to their other (commercial) products and to establish themselves as a 'standard'.

The other good news is that there are so many copies of programs floating around that you should be able to track down most things for a while yet.

If you want some links to freeware sites, let me know.

05-02-2002, 11:37 PM
It's not freeware that's hard to get. It's just that some of the best free web sevices have disappeared. ApexMail now charges US$19.95 same with USA.Net Xdrive which used to be good for free online storage now is a pay only service. Everyone.net has introduced a pay option with their email accounts, so I'm guessing that they will stop the free service altogether as well.


06-02-2002, 12:18 PM
Another trend is the habit of websites offering frree streaming music to make you download their own players instead of using your default one. This forces ads in your face & hogs bandwidth for those of us on dialup.