Following the removal of Rapidgator which had very quickly become the locker to fill the gap following the Megaupload takedown earlier in the year traffic has increased on alternatives such as turbobit and zippyshare. The jump is not huge however more interestingly at AudioLock.NET we have detected a huge jump in the number of Turbobit links being discovered.
Since the shutdown of Rapidgator we have seen almost 4 times as many links being found for content that prior (which was also pretty stable). The speed and repetitiveness of the creation of links suggests that these are being done programatically by sites linking to the files to try to replace those removed. The incentive is there because Turbobit offers good payouts to uploaders of $20 for every 1000 downloads as well as 60% return on selling premium accounts. Many music producers and labels have no idea that these lockers are paying out large sums to uploaders and therefore don’t realise how much money people are making for pirating their music. Many sites that link to the music hosted on lockers are professionally run and link to several lockers to ensure they get a good return for the time they take to source and upload the music.
The above graph shows how some of the traffic has shifted from Rapidgator to other lockers as well as the huge effect closing Megaupload had.