Amazon recently added an interesting update to its mass storage web service S3. Developers of S3 services can now decide to make end users pay for the bandwidth costs of their downloads through Amazon's payment system. The Amazon S3 developer guide puts it this way:

"With Requester Pays buckets, the requester instead of the bucket owner pays the cost of the request and the data download from the bucket. The bucket owner always pays the cost of storing data. (...) You might, for example, use Requester Pays buckets when making available large data sets, such as zip code directories, reference data, geospatial information, or web crawling data."

The new option is not available for Bittorrent downloads, which have been a little-known feature ever since S3 started. This may sound like a let-down, but could actually be an interesting option for content publishers as well as torrent hosting services like Vipeers: Offer torrent downloads for free, but charge end users for http donwloads through Amazon.

Those charges would be relatively low, since S3 itself only costs between 10 and 17 cents per GB. However, developers still would have to pay a transaction fee of 0.30 USD per bill collected.

(via Computerworld)

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