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send big files over the internetI’ll be honest: I probably have the world’s greatest music tastes. Seriously, I’m pretty awesome. Because of this, I like to periodically take the time to share my gift with the less fortunate. I have a habit (welcome or otherwise) of sending my family, friends, and strangers emails with subject lines to the effect of “THIS IS THE BEST SONG EVER IN HISTORY” about four times a week.

Here’s the problem, though: emailing song files is tough. Some services don’t accept attachments over a couple of megabytes, and even the ones that do take a long time to download, slowing down your email and Internet. Even when emailing is possible, it’s rarely the ideal way to send big files.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to send big files over the internet that have made uploading, sharing, downloading and managing large files possible. I’ve tried a bunch of them, and picked a few favorites.

Ignoring all the other features, many or few, here are my three favorite ways to send big over the net files to my friends- whether they like it or not. There are others like each of these, but I think they’re the best at what they do within their respective categories.

For The Serial Uploader:

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With (no longer online), a service I’ve raved about before, you can add one file or many to what are known as “drops.” You name the drop, and it gets a permanent URL in the format of

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Adding files is easy, and does a great job with managing them. If you upload pictures, figures it out and creates a slideshow for you. If it’s a video, it’s embedded and watchable. If it’s music, you can listen to it right there on the page.

There are viewers as well for a number of different document types, and many things don’t need to be downloaded to be enjoyed.

I like because I can give people one link to go to for all the BEST SONGS EVER IN HISTORY, and keep them changing. It took any file type I threw at it, and sharing and downloading are as easy as clicking on the file and selecting “Download.”

If all you’re looking to do is share one file, though can do it, it’s not designed for attachment-like sharing. Also, there’s a 100MB limit in any given drop, though there’s no limit to the number of drops you can have.

For the Uploading Machine: File Dropper


File Dropper’s simple, elegant, and the biggest of the bunch. 5GB! If you’re uploading files bigger than 5GB, you’re unfortunately out of luck. If you’re a rational person, you’ll never touch File Dropper’s size limit.

Uploading a file is as easy as browsing for your file, and clicking “Upload.” Every file gets a permanent link that you’re free to share with your friends. There are no frills, no awesome features to speak of, but it’s dead simple, practically limitless in size, and probably the one I use most.

If you’re a heavy uploader, File Dropper’s giving away free storage space for those who pledge to go green.

For the Email Lover: YouSendIt


I like YouSendIt because it fits the most closely into peoples comfort zones. You upload a file, select an email address you want to send it to, and YouSendIt does the rest. Once your file is ready, YouSendIt will send an email to your recipient saying that you’ve sent them a file, and a link is given to go and download the file.

With YouSendIt, you can also track when your files are downloaded, and by whom- no more “I never got the memo!” excuses. This is the most attachment-like solution I came up with, because it still works mostly in your email inbox. Anyone can click a link in their email, but there are more steps involved with the other ones. It’s only one step, but I digress.

Files can be up to 100MB in size for the free account, which means you can even send movies to your friends. If you need more, there are also paid account options for you.

With these applications, no longer do my friends have to suffer to attain the musical nirvana I offer them on a regular basis. Whether you want to send movies, music, or just any old big file (Powerpoints can get huge), there are a number of options out there that let you upload, download, share and interact with files of almost any size.

What do you do when you’ve got big, unwieldy files to share?

Photo Credit : FredR

  1. Joe
    February 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Sending file via browser uploads is so 90's. Its nothing but a multipart file upload [RFC1867, written in 1995]. Binfer [] is the fastest and best way to send large files of any size and quantity; directly from computer to computer. It is like P2P but private.

  2. Jackson
    June 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm


    Try sending the files as an attachment in your email - Gmail, in particular, lets you send pretty huge files.

    For more power-uploading, try either or - both of those let you share files without the "Download" link.

    Good luck!

  3. Somniloquist
    June 12, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Hey Guys..
    I hope you all can be of some help to me...

    I lost my flash drive..
    Now i need to move some files from home to Office.
    Is there a way that i can upload the files here at home and then visit a website and download it from there at office..
    RapidShare Links and other links are blocked. Hence download links wont help me at all..

    Waiting for a Response...


  4. Manish M. Shah
    May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am

    File Apartment (
    - Supports up to 1 GB
    - Free, safe, and secure
    - No registration or software to download
    - Easy to use

  5. Ricardo
    April 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm has a very cool feature called 1GB Express that allows you for 1.99 to send a file of up to a 1GB without the need of a monthly or yearly subscription (also available)

  6. Vertimystâ„¢
    January 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yea, should be on this list. To me, it seems to be one of the easiest to use.

    I knew about the rest, except filedropper, looks good. Thanks!

  7. Lauren
    January 15, 2009 at 5:15 am

    I thought I'd mention for uploading music because you always get a really fast download speed and they have this upload manager where you can upload a bunch of files up at once.

  8. Beth
    January 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Another one I like is, which is a lot like YouSendIt, and the maximum file size is 2GB for the free version. The biggest negative is that files are removed after being on their servers for 3 days.

  9. Andrew
    January 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I have been using YouSendIt for months and works great for me. It gives me maximum download speeds for my connection.

  10. phaoloo
    January 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Nice list, I really like YouSendIt.

    Why MediaFire is not in the list? Just upload your file there and share the link, the download and upload speed is faster than these services.

  11. Agitationist
    January 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I've had good experiences with It's free up to 1 GB of files, up to 25 MB each. Turn on public sharing" and send a URL. Voila.

  12. Soulz
    January 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Why do people like Dropbox so much? Syncplicity is better in my opinion.

  13. Nick
    January 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Hey Pretty Neat! Though I sent like a 20gig file user Google Talk.

    • Nicbot
      January 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      GTalk is P2P, not upload to host for download from external contact(s) later.

      • Nick
        January 14, 2009 at 11:35 am

        Yeah I know that but, Hey it works when someone needs a 20 gig file which is like never.. I only did it once. However, you can utilize gmail's space with Gmail Drive. Since there's like almost 8 gigs. I stored a couple gigs of files on there one time and it worked great.

  14. Charax
    January 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm


    Ok, perhaps not *huge* files (it's apparently got a 100MB limit, but I've successfully uploaded 200 before). I used to be a big YouSendIt fan but they've been through a couple of big interface changes and it was easier to switch service rather than bother learning where they've decided to put things.

    File Dropper's intriguing, although I'd need my net connection to stay stable for the whole upload - something that can't be relied on with my ISP.

    • David Pierce
      January 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      I LOVE Dropbox. I've only ever used it to sync between my own computers, though. What didn't you like about YouSendIt? I'm new to it, curious what they changed.

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