Web African Download Plus challenge

If you’re one of our capped customers, you’re probably itching to get your hands on a brand new Apple Macbook Air, right? In case you didn’t know, all you need to do to enter the competition is download as much as you can during August. We’re helping you do this by giving you 50TB to use between midnight and 6am.

The main question we’ve had about the competition is from people asking how to download their 50TB.

Here are some ideas on how to use up that bandwidth:

1. Download movies, music and series

This is your month to download all those movies you’ve been meaning to watch and those seasons of Game of Thrones you need to catch up on. Here are some pointers on how to download movies and series legally or check out our guide on how to use Netflix in South Africa.

2. Open source software

Thinking of trying out open source software? Now’s the time to download it. Consider the fastest growing open source alternative to Microsoft Office, Libre Office, and GIMP – a replacement for Photoshop. If you’re wanting to make a change from Windows or OSX download Ubuntu Linux, the world’s most popular open source operating system for home use (and it was created by our very own Mark Shuttleworth).

3. Streaming

Watching short videos on YouTube doesn’t use that much data – instead opt for streaming of full-length documentaries and movies on both YouTube and Vimeo. On YouTube here’s a list to get you going and Vimeo has a great selection (start with the staff picks).

4. Downloading games

Want to download a bunch of games for free legally? Wikipedia has an extensive list of hundreds of games released as freeware.

5. Software updates

If you’re behind on any of your software updates, make sure to download them all before the end of the month. Here’s our handy guide to scheduling Windows updates to help you out.

6. Download audio books and podcasts

Audio books are great for long commutes to work or road trips: Audible.com has more than 150 000 titles to choose from (and your first book is free). If you’re not listening to Podcasts yet, you’re missing out! There are more than 115 000 English-language podcasts to choose from, covering just about every subject and topic under the sun, and most of them are free. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use podcasts, and here’s a list of 21 popular podcasts to start downloading.

Click here for more on our Download Plus challenge, which ends on 31 August 2014.

Happy downloading and good luck!