Binaries Usenet Servers Comparision
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last update: 2014.03.12
Usenet (what it is?)
There are also thousands of newsgroups dedicated to sharing and downloading binary files. Binary files are data files and they can be jpegs, mpegs, bmp files, avi files, in fact, any file other than a text file is a binary file. Using Binarchive.net, you will find only the best Usenet providers to choose from.
Actually the best news providers offers text retention up to 1900 days and binary retention of even 1700 days or more with over 18000 terabytes (18 petabytes = 4 000 000 DVDs) of uploads available.
Mostly the increase in retention will neither affect current pricing or existing plans of news providers.
1. Traditional way - by NNTP server.
Using newsgroups is very simple. Usenet newsgroups are managed by NNTP servers, and only one thing you need to know is an NNTP server address. Every Usenet service provider has its own NNTP address and you can use indexing sites like Binsearch or NZBindex or NZBFriends to find content on these servers. The indexing sites are independent indexing sources (like Google), but are used to search usenet binaries files posted on newsgroups. From any of these sites you can download links (NZB files), which give you the location of those binary files.
If you are searching popular stuff, then number of results can be confusing, like 100 books with this same name but different content. This same can be with a movie that you founded. Its copy can look like HD, but inside it has subbed Chinese subtitles (subtitles burnt throughout the movie). Sometimes files contain text files (.info files) with full information about posting content or sample files. If they are missing then you can download the most sufficient file and check it.
So you have got NZB files, now you need a program to read it and download. I'm using GrabIt. It is very simple, it reads NZB files, automatically verify, repairs and extract the downloaded files. Some other popular download tools are: UnzBin, SABnzbd or NewsLeecher (the last is a paid-for service).
Downloading this way is very simple, but it can be difficult to search. Remember that all posted to newsgroups files are compressed into rar archives. And this free indexing sites doesn't look inside them. You are searching only by its file names, which doesnít always return the same file that you were looking for.
Other alternative way that I'm using:
2. Simple Easynews web account.
Easynews is a Usenet provider that offers full access + an easy interface that you can use to search and download directly from newsgroups. The Global Search features is similar to NZB search sites, but offers one big advantage: It looks inside posted files and allows you to sample the content (i.e. screenshots, audio clips and picture previews) before you run any downloads. Easynews also lets you search for files according to file format, size, or even language languages. Simple, right? :)
You can download files with Easynews just from searching every page one by one, or if there are more results, then you can compress them into one archive. Just select the files you want, click the ZIP icon and the downloads will start. Keep in mind that youíre using a web browser, so you donít need any other tools to search or download with. You can download files with Easynews just from searching every page one by one, or if there are more results, then you can compress them into one archive. Just select the files you want, press the ZIP icon and archive will be ready to download.
Keep in mind that youíre using a web browser, so you donít need any other tools to search or download with.
Easynews also gives you the ability to search and download NZB files, so you donít need any indexing sites that we mentioned earlier. However, if you prefer to use those indexing sites, Easynews allows you to import your NZB files.
Why Easynews has a better offer than other?
1. All in one package: Search, preview and download through 1 interface.
2. You can look inside archives and search by files inside archives (for example, you can search all posts inside an archive to find 1 particular file that you are looking for).
3. You can download files from archives one by one, instead of the entire archive (like only one song from a top 1000 hits);
4. You can check the files inside an archive before downloading (see video previews or listen to audio samples);
5. You can add to search even some crazy options, like: picture size, quality of music or movie frame, and many other :)
6. You could probably add to this list more features after a few weeks of using Easynews :)
Why NNTP access can be sometimes better then web-based Easynews?:
1. If posted files are password protected, thereís no way to see inside them for Easynews, actually some about ~10% of them are password protected.
2. You are missing all information about directories when you are downloading unpacked archive (if there are any inside archive).
Number of files from three biggest newsgroups
alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.high-heels (sample newsgroup with pictures - nude content)
alt.binaries.mp3 (newsgroup with music)
2,128,364 audio files
alt.binaries.multimedia (newsgroup with videos - most of them are dvdrip's)
63,845 videos - so there are 63845 videos posted to alt.binaries.multimedia during last 200 days :)
Every day there are 12000 gigabytes (12 terabytes) of new files altogether in all newsgroups (12 terrabytes of new files every day)! It is like a 2600 new DVD's everyday!!!.
List of available newsgroups sorted by number of files
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