It’s rare that we’ll go out of our way to review new “P2P” programs, but Gygan is definitely a filesharing application worthy of a closer inspection. Gygan is a brand-new Windows app for sharing and sending large files quickly - users can upload & download any file size & type, as many files as you want, and get unlimited transfer speed (even for free users!). There’s a lot to cover here, but Gygan might just be the next-gen breakthrough in which how files are shared.
You may have noticed a new banner here at FSF - we were so impressed by Gygan that we chose to sponsor them. We’d consider Gygan to be a hybrid filesharing app; something of a cross between a DDL hoster, a seedbox, a download client, and an internal indexer. Gygan effectively incorporates a number of great features that can be found through other filesharing protocols, and rolls them all into one primary service.
• Gygan is NOT ‘peer-to-peer’. In contrast to decentralized peer-to-peer based applications such as Limewire, Gygan users (uploaders, downloaders) do not share their IP addresses through the app (to each other), since users are uploading to and downloading from Gygan’s servers directly. Thus, Gygan is a peerless leech app - akin to DDL and Usenet.
• Easily beats out DDL filehosters like RS, MU - without the wait-times, file size limitations, and speed restrictions that are normally associated with them. Since Gygan is an application (and not web-based), users are able to download (and upload) at their maximum bandwidth from Gygan’s servers. That’s right - unlimited speeds, no throttling & no daily download limits! — ”We will max out any residential & most commercial connections.”
• Similar to a BitTorrent client, but safer. Gygan is complemented by a massive web database where users can browse files that have been uploaded by other users. Upon downloading these *.gyg files (Gygan’s answer to .torrent files), they are then imported directly into the application where the transfer immediately begins. But contrary to a BT client there are no peers, no seeds/leeches, no ratios, and no IP addresses being shared.
• Different than ‘online storage’ services. 1-click hosters & online storage sites (YouSendIt/Dropbox) all have one very annoying thing in common: limitations on allowable file sizes and amount of personal storage. Gygan does away with all this nonsense and offers unlimited uploading & no restrictions on file size; consider Gygan to be your own personal seedbox — ”Upload thousands of files, or upload one. You never run out of storage space. Uploading is FREE!”
Getting Started with Gygan
First, you’ll need to download and install the Gygan client. You’ll also need to create an account and login (on the website) - this is where your files and account details are managed. As well, login to the Gygan application.
There are two methods for searching for files on the Gygan network - through the application itself, and online. You won’t find this feature on any filehosters: Gygan provides a real-time searchable database of publicly added uploads on the network; currently there are about 60,000 available downloads to choose from.
1. Searching on the website
Searching can be conducted by entering a query term in the search window. In addition to this, files on Gygan can be manually browsed - much like a torrent indexer. Use the media selector dropdown menu (All Media) to browse through site categories which include Video, Audio, Images and Adult.
By default, files are sorted in terms of popularity - these are marked with a green Verified checkmark. Details for each release is also given (click “details”) which includes a list of files in the download, as well as screenshots, user comments and uploader’s description.
Downloading — Clicking on the download button will launch the release into the Gygan app; you’ll be prompted to specify how to handle the *.GYG file (see below).
One feature that stands out is the expanded view as seen in the video and adult categories, where screenshots for each release are displayed in the browse.
2. Searching via the Gygan app
Download links from the site can be pasted into the program directly, and searching the network via the app is also supported. Thus, Gygan is entirely standalone - although the website is necessary for viewing & changing account details.
Your Gygan Account
Back in your Account > Summary link, here you’ll find the “Bandwidth Meter” which shows how much bandwidth is remaining on the account. Your download & upload history are also displayed, in addition to:
- Bytes Used: How much data you’ve downloaded
- Bytes Uploaded: A total sum of all your uploads
- Bytes Shared: How much data (in GB) that others have downloaded from you (this is also displayed as a number for each upload [# DLs] in the bottom right corner)
Uploading to Gygan
Two options exist for uploading (public and private sharing), although it’s only possible to upload from within the application itself.
Public links — If you chose this option, your uploads will be indexed publicly on the Gygan download page, visible to all. You’ll still receive your own unique link for sharing it directly, in addition to it being listed on Gygan.
Private links — Your link will be private, but you can share it on blogs, forums or just privately with friends. Private links are not indexed on Gygan.
Generate Screenshots — This is turned on by default when adding video files.
Contains Adult Content — Select this if package is for the Adult category.
Title / Description — A proper title and detailed description will help to promote your uploads.
Back in your Uploads area in Gygan, users are able to find these share links for each individual upload:
TIP: Files/folders can also be uploaded using Gygan’s context menu - on your PC simply right-click on a file (or folder) to directly import it to the Upload Files tab in Gygan. It’s worth noting that your uploads are not automatically uploaded - you’ll be able to make whatever changes you wish to conduct before being actually uploaded (ie - they’re added to your upload queue where you can finalize the upload).
Is There a Catch?
All this sounds impossibly catchy - so what’s the catch? Something as amazing as this couldn’t possibly be free, right? Actually yes, Gygan is entirely free to use - but up to a point. Just like filehosters, Gygan comes in two flavors - free and premium. Free accounts are capped to a 4GB monthly download bandwidth limit (uploading is always unlimited, and not counted to the cap), and users can upgrade the account to premium in order to purchase more bandwidth. Irregardless of the account type, users are able to download at full unbridled speeds. Try it, you’ll see.
‘Free users’ can still enjoy the same benefits of ‘premium users’. There will always be members who’ll choose not to upgrade to a premium account. Fair enough; but Gygan offers a great solution for “free users” to increase their monthly bandwidth allowance - simply upload your own stuff to Gygan and share the links. When someone downloads your shared (uploaded) files, you’ll get a share credit added to your allowable download total. It’s really that simple!
Gygan has a forum: http://www.gygan.com/forums/
Gygan’s Affiliates Programs:
**Rewards for Sharing
*** — Gygan offers a rewards points program that pays out real money. Similar to a revenue share model that most filehosters use, points are earned when others download your shared Gygan links. Simply upload files to Gygan and post your links on websites, scene/release blogs, forums, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or even through email. Points can then be redeemed for cash, free memberships, or traded in for other goodies - such as your own personal DL bandwidth.
*Note: Gygan is still in ‘beta’. The interface to see your reward points and earnings is not yet viewable on the account, but they are tracking all the points earned and as such payouts have/are being honored. This feature is coming soon!
**Rewards for Referrals
** — Here’s another option: Join Gygan’s affiliate program, where you’ll earn money for every referral who signs up for a “free user” account. Payouts range between $0.75 - $2.00 for each new registered free account, whether they opt to subscribe to a paid upgrade or not.
FileShareFreak / Gygan Exclusive Offer
Ongoing talks with the Gygan team suggest that they’ll be announcing a unique link available only to FileShareFreak readers who signup through this article - one that offers a substantial increased amount of ‘free’ download bandwidth, which is rumored to be an increase from 4GB to 20GB for the first month. We can’t speculate as to how many readers this will be available to (it could be just 50, maybe 100) but it’s possible that this will be implemented as early as Monday, April 12th.
Stay tuned; we’ll update this article with more information as it rolls in.
Uh, this sounds fucking awesome, can anyone think of a con beside the inital low dl limit, which can be increased when you upload, What about viruses and bad files? How do they combat that? If this does turn out to be legit, it might be the beginning to the end of bit-torrent.
any spyware or anything?
there is no initial low DL limit, even on ‘free’ accounts. It’s fast across the board. Did you even bother to read the article? Have you ever had spyware/malware from DL hosters? Probably yeah. Scan your shit first, that’s the protocol.
YAY HappyGolfer (#6) - you’re finally reading it. Congrats for being English… let me give you a nifty FSF star!
also $10 for 25gb of downloads? no thanks lol
the truth Says:
This has got “bust me” written all over it….
the 4gb monthly dl limit. Yeah i read it, did you?
Actually yes, Gygan is entirely free to use - but up to a point. Just like filehosters, Gygan comes in two flavors - free and premium. Free accounts are capped to a 4GB monthly download bandwidth limit (uploading is always unlimited, and not counted to the cap),
yeah comparing this to rapidshare for $9.50 a month you get 150gb of downloading on gygan for the same you’d need TWO 75gb packages costing you $50… total rip of if you ask me… also you can get usenet for about $10 also also making gygan a ripoff
I just tried it and its great. Really fast.
If the files are hosted on their servers, how this is different from DDL? Megaupload has it’s own “application” that you can use to download from their site. I don’t understand how this is different?
thx for the article
how does the “share credit” work? if we upload 1 GB do we receive 1 GB in download credit?
This looks waaaaay shady and to good to be true. Honestly looks like a C.I.A. / F.B.I. / N.S.A. black ops project to me. its showing as hosted from the u.s. which plainly says that whoever is running the site is a completely unaware idiot, or that they are in collusion with intelligence agencies. If what i just said sounds crazy google “COINTELPRO” “NSA ATT blackroom” “FBI mapping social networks” “mkultra” etc etc etc
@Jed - your bait made me LOL.
This looks far to suspicious to me.
Right now torrent trackers are being hounded to death. DDL sites (RS) are being told to remove content, or else, and along comes gygan! Allegedly, offering the Golden fleece of file shares.
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No thank you.
I don’t see how this is better than MU really, or even close.
I’ve yet to see a connection where MU hasn’t had capped speeds, and it has unlimited dl/ul space, no monthly limit shit.
That and the fact this is way, way more expensive than MU, i guess i just don’t see the point.
Maybe i’m missing something……
Yeah i was looking at this im not sure what to think its like dream come true lol!! But has “bust me written all over it” Its crazy how much content is being hosted already. If gygan made a protocol like this kinda like the torrent protocol, so people can host their own gygan sites and this would be unstoppable!
It’s a fad, won’t be around for long! Mark my words!
Once this gets noticed it will be shut down. Files are hosted on the website’s servers.
Torrent sites have enough crap and they aren’t even hosted on the websites. Think about it.
Awww Dude Says:
lol checked sites search, it only supports videos images porn and music lol! Videos are shit wastes of time, checked for 5 different documentaries and none of them were there. Images are free online without the shitty app. Porn is all streamed. Music selection is pitiful.
Points for trying, but it’s a pretty lame attempt at a pay-for-leech DDL service.
Ridiculous prices combined with the fact it’s hosted at rackspace.com in the US - I give it 6 months before it’s shut down or goes out of business.
It’s in a closed beta and you are going to say it’s music selection is pitiful? Really?
Yes, yes I am, the amount they have so far is less than a BAD 0day tracker will pickup in a single day.
Gygan is SCAMMER Says:
Sharing for money? No thanks
Big Fat server hosting copyright materials that has your account info on it. Sorry USENET is already in the process of dying.
No thanks. Says:
- Way too expensive, compared to other services.
- Can’t be faster then for example RS which already maxes out my 50mb/ps and is capable of going faster. Perhaps they offer better quality for free users, but for paid users you just pay more then elsewhere and get nothing better in return.
- The usual program for paying people to put files on their disks. nothing new nothing special.
- Some lines in their terms of service i personally don’t like, perhaps it works out all just great but lines like these aint my style:
“GYGAN reserves the right to terminate your access to any and/or all parts of the Services at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability.”
- They state to coorporate fully with studio’s and dev’s by having a take-down policy.
“”Although GYGAN will not be liable for any losses you might suffer, you may be liable for the losses of GYGAN or others.”” Does this mean they pass any fine along to me personally??
All in all this really sounds like nothing new, nothing special but just less service for more money than many other options already outthere like usenet / RS / torrent etc.. etc.. So i wish you all the best, but no thank you.
Kathy Simone Says:
I want all your support tech people!
Please I need fast a sharingmatrix premium account only for three days or four days.
Hey Kathy. What will you do for me? Let’s start with shoe on head.
I have indows 7 x64
and the program doesn’t even launch
My question is that if the users have to communicate with a central server, what is to stop the copyright lobby groups from shutting down the central server? This was the problem that Nabster had and Kazza and Lime-wire got rid of the central server.
Also one of the best things about a .torrent site is that there are moderators. People that remove bunk links and make sure all the content is valid. This doesn’t seem to have any way to do that. I could upload my dog running in circles and call it Avatar. The popularity thing would help over time but with new releases it would be difficult to sift through them.
I will admit that for anyone that still runs on a public tracker it is a fairly tempting way of doing thing. For myself it will be a hard sell to pull me away from my quite and private world I live in.
happygolfer you stupid dongface, sharky is the one who wrote the article
Lol, if free users can leech only 4 gb a month, that means it is not completely free. Who care ul is limitless if dl is limited
Manish M. Shah Says:
Another favorite option is File Apartment (http://www.fileapartment.com). Easy to use, no software to download or registration, up to 1 GB, free option, safe, and secure.
So basically this is a torrent site that also contains the downloadable content on their servers, this has failure written all over it..
This will not last long guaranteed!
Much safer to stick with rapidshare or torrents.
I wonder how much gygan paid filesharefreak for this article and sponsored link
@LMAO - I wonder how much gygan paid filesharefreak for this article and sponsored link
Seem Too Expensive….
Thanks for the post. Just downloaded a bunch of stuff. So far the app Is great.
This installs FFDShow along with the program…not nice for those who want to be codec free!
@031 • Manish M. Shah
When you visit the site as a File Apartment user, our servers automatically record information about your use of the site and your visit to the site (”Log Data”). This Log Data includes the filename and file size of all files that you make available via the site. The Log Data may also include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type, what software you were using, the web page you were visiting immediately prior to visiting our site, pages of our site that you visited, the time spent on those pages, information you searched for on our site, access times and dates, and other statistics…..this data is kept indefinately…..and is reportable to the authorities.
I do wish people would read the smallprint (sigh).
If you see the top sponsor link on the right side, it is paid by Gygan. Also, even if that wasn’t there, I don’t think the people who run FSF are such utter n00bs to be promoting crap like this.
Clearly a case of FSF abandoning any respect for their readers and shamelessly putting up paid links as genuine articles. I don’t mind them running advertisements and had even disabled adblock to support their blog, but I’m not coming here anymore after the standard of articles they’ve been publishing since the last week.
I can find good articles on relevant p2p news and open private trackers on many other blogs.
anything for linux ?
stop paid reviews.dude.
This does sound too good to be true, I would really like to try this out but holy shit it kind of seems like a death trap
RAP BANDIT Says:
seems too good, says on the site, wil max out any line ,immpresive , trying it now.!!
RAP BANDIT Says:
i have windows xp doesnt even launch ??? tried multipue times
there main site says some av and firewalls are having trouble wit this prog. . there message board seems others are having problems getting it launched open
Kathy Simone Says:
Response for TitsOrGTFO user: I will kick you in the nuts!!!
freakvertisement in ever word written.
@ 039. You said it all. I will definetly not be comeing back to this blog.
I agree with TINOTEUR and others that this is “Clearly a case of FSF abandoning any respect for their readers and shamelessly putting up paid links as genuine articles.” goodbye FSF. my rss feed may be loney for a while but i’m sure i’ll find something to fill the gap
‘Yes. You can download files free. Free memberships get 4GB of downloading first month and 1GB every month after that.’
Well, the free account is rather useless if you ask me
cyril brownpassage Says:
after reading all the comments, i will definitely be giving this a miss. demonoid is all i need.
In my opinion it’s to much money ,I have other resources
Did anyone read the terms and conditions before clicking ‘agree’ on the Gygan software install?
Basically, if they’re taken to court for a file you happened to put on their servers, then you ‘agree’ to pay for their court fees. Secondly, if you ever do end up in court with them, you ‘agree’ not to go against them in any way, only support them.
Um. Nah i’m good thanks.
this site is getting so fucked up. who the fuck gives a shit about some new filesharing app that’ll go down soon anyway??
pay2leech on a centralized server in the US…
how stupid is that?
Just finished reading this page: deleting FSF from my favorites right about NOW.
Yeah, ive been a follower of this blog since it started, i try to check it every week but now it seems to be taking $$ for news posts. This is blatant money grabbing when the service being offered is a perfect honey pot for authorities and it is being promoted by this blog. This post definitely isnt looking out for filesharers. Not only is it more expensive than almost all other types of filesharing, it offers nothing new, is in the USA, and will turn over IPs if asked.
9 or 10 years ago this would of been a red hot service but now with the maffia trying to control the world and buying all kinds of new laws (DEB bill) this site and service is going to be down within days of it coming out of beta.
hosted in the US and Stores copyrighted content AND has a search feature???
and you pay them to use the service lol i can’t understand what these people are thinking.
Lou Woods Says:
Nice! Now that is what I am talking about wow!
Biswas Rudradeep Says:
i downloaded Gygan ! … but it refuesed to run ! . wat d hell !
just fyi, this thingy is just a fancy nzb leecher (their provider is highwinds) with clever bussiness model (post content to news -> more incentive for users to buy premium).
if you want just the 4gb freeleech nntp acc, fire up wireshark while running and sniff the nntp protocol. pretty much comparable to graboid, but with nicer monthly limit.
$ telnet 188.8.131.52 119
Connected to 184.108.40.206.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
200 (newsfe23.iad) — Welcome (newsfe23.iad) (Tornado v220.127.116.115-1)
AUTHINFO USER XXXX702365f15001XXX0XXXcXXXaXX6X@gygan.com
381 More Authentication Required
AUTHINFO PASS XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
281 Gygan.com - Share Large Files Fast
in case this blogpost was just paid pr, feel free to del this comment >:)
Very nice work upalse . If it’s a usenet hookup, I wonder if we can find the files with binsearch.info?
yup, the news account works as usual once you have it. to get it just fire up gygan, sign up and start downloading some file there while running a packet sniffer (such as http://wireshark.org) to capture login info.
for downloads using .nzb, i recommend newzbin.com, it is the best db around, with open signups these days.
Dont waste time uploading files to some untrusted service. Use Binfer to transfer large files directly and securely from your computer to your contacts computer. Drag and drop 1000’s of files, auto resumes and the fastest transfers you can find. The site is http://www.binfer.com.
Use VPN when uploading, for your own safety.
THis is almost the same as megashares.com except that after downloading 1gb you need to activate a new code but you have unlimited downloads other wise
max file seize is 10gb
I tried Binfer. Its really cool. Love the fact that transfers are encrypted and p2p.
I think this is loads of trouble. Promoting illegal file sharing with a 10 year old crappy upload based technology with a even crappy client? Watch out people!!! Also, I think FSF has stooped too low this time, taking this paid post …
firas diab Says:
for free users, when does the bandwidth thingi get back to 4 gb so that u can download again???? plz answer anyone who knows the answer. o-|-<
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Gygan is messing up bad with charging for premium service… as of me writing this they have lowered the basic band width to 2GB a month instead of 4GB … and as far as I am concerned, I am a member of a handful or private torrent trackers, so speed is never an issue for me…
I think I’ll just stick with FREE the way filesharing is supposed so be…. Gygan the only way to keep me as a user is to give a realistic D/L cap and to ask for donations instead of actual membership fees ( you know like the torrent trackers)
Ask for the money, don’t demand it…