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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Alternatives to Limewire Should It Fall

Alternatives to Limewire Should It Fall

Alternatives to Limewire Should It Fall

Added: Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
As many of the Limewire users remember it failing the court some weeks ago, they may wonder where they will turn in case Limewire disappears.


This application was an “old school” program for plenty of users. It began developing after Kazaa started to lose ground as a best application for file-sharing. At the time, many of its users turned to look for some other programs. This was perhaps one of the biggest moments in history when the file-sharing community divided into several groups. One of them chose either Limewire, or eMule, WinMX, Shareaza, or the earliest versions of BitTorrent, but there were very few to get lucky to hear about it.

Some sources say that the recent courts losses mean the end of the network that many people chose as main way of file exchanging for years. Actually, one should admit this is quite a predictable end, as Mark Gorton is now facing multi-million dollar penalties. Some other sources announce that the developer is now trying to offer a deal to record companies in order to turn his app into a legal service. Unluckily, the RIAA pictures Gorton as a person ripping people off. Well, it’s up to you whom to believe.

Actually, it seems like such a huge loss for Limewire means just little to file-sharers as they can still have an opportunity to exchange files, but through other services. However, it’s quite difficult to find out where Limewire users will switch to. But there are several suggestions.

Some of the most devoted will find a way to get the latest Limewire client, while the others could turn to a familiar-styled Frostwire. Another choice is eMule, which probably had a similar situation happened between two main applications. There used to be a war between eMule (open source) and eDonkey2000 (closed source), both using the same network, which resulted in eDonkey2000 shut down, while eMule is prospering thanks to its open source. Moreover, there is still WinMX community in the web, as well as Shareaza, connecting to multiple networks at the same time. But all these can’t be compared to BitTorrent.

Well, BitTorrent might be an alternative, but it can’t be so compatible because of the different networks structure. Many of BitTorrent users prefer uTorrent or Vuze: they don’t differ much, but the main question for users is what websites to use. Private sites are OK for those working on the access to their files. But unfortunately, recently access to public websites has become increasingly hard, with examples of attempts to shut The Pirate Bay down and forcing ISOHunt to block American residents.

May 26th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Comments (23) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-05-26 18:28:31)
2die4 avatarwhich one is the most virus free

posted by (2010-05-26 19:59:29)
bigup16 avatarlimewire was pretty good but the network gonna go down so i would choose shareaza or frostwire but make sure to scan every thing i downloaded before use

posted by (2010-05-26 21:18:38)
wylde avatarWinMX

Don't go in as a standard user though, you really need to buddy up to a good room, and they'll protect you from fakes and other rubbish. They'll usually have encoders on board as well. If you get in with the right crew, you never even need to use the main peer group, you can just share with people from your group. If they don't have what you need, someone will get it for you. It matters not what people think is the best hub, what matters is the people you're aligned with.

posted by (2010-05-26 21:52:20)
WickedRebel avatarAnd thus the problem with Limewire, you had to know it would go( same as Napster ), I messed with eMule, and was smart enough to discover what I like to call, "The Protocol". I don't know what come's next for Limewire user's, no doubt more then a few will find their way here, and when they do they'll find what I found, way more then torrents, for most of us this is a way of life, there's nothing after. We live Bit Torrent! Thanx for the article SaM.

posted by Blocked (2010-05-26 23:58:43)
punisher avatardidnt know that virus infessted pile of stinky turd was still around, bring back napster

posted by Blocked (2010-05-27 00:04:07)
2die4 avatari used to use DC++ way back and IRC but as my main laptop died i been using a netbook until i build my rig

posted by (2010-05-27 00:36:29)
wylde avatarSo WickedRebel, what will you do when torrents are done and dusted?

Napster lol ;)

posted by (2010-05-27 00:40:41)
wylde avatarPrivate servers with VPNs, always been the perfect answer.

I don't know how people get by just being standard users on P2P.. Yeah Punisher, as far as I was concerned, Limewire was just a bad dream. It's been like 8 years since I've done a search on any public peer network.

posted by (2010-05-27 02:31:11)
falinman avatarFrostwire is better anyway

posted by (2010-05-27 02:47:51)
capnmorgan5150 avatarWhat punisher said. Virus infested is a huge understatement, lol. Frostwire is just as bad as Limewire as far as viruses. Every other song I got from there wasn't a song...it was a virus.

posted by (2010-05-27 03:01:04)
wylde avatarFrostwire? I haven't even heard of that. Just why is Frostwire better than others?? Yea, bring back Napster, it had all the good movies and it was awesome how you didn't have to wait in queues.

posted by (2010-05-27 05:01:42)
THEFAMILYFROMTASSI avatarMP3 Rocket 5.4.1 PRO Hi every one im new to this so i hope this ok. Since the demise of limewire i done a bit of looking around and i was fortunate enough to find this sight. Its very similar in appearance to lime but it is a whole lot better. As i have been using it for a while now and have not had any dramas at all. So have a look and enjoy its a great sight great article Sam thankyou for youre insight.

posted by (2010-05-27 09:59:00)
No avatarwhat about bearshare... I found it found it not much dif than limewire... any comments?! haven't used it for 6months tho..

posted by (2010-05-27 10:05:19)
spiritchaser5150 avatarLoving utorrent both limewire and frostwire were a headache. Seem to have less problems with utorrent.
Lists a few other clients. Good Luck
Thanks Sam Love your reads

posted by Girl (2010-05-27 13:24:22)
Xack avataruhh... it seems like i'm the only one using limewire here. i've been using this apps since i got my broadband... yes, even downloading torrent files. i don't have any problem with speed and with viruses as my antivirus did its work. So it's sad to hear that it's losing ground in the courts. Thanks for the read Sam.

posted by (2010-05-27 19:36:05)
darkangelire avatarlimewire is an unsafe piece of crap

posted by (2010-05-28 14:23:25)
arsenal_fc avatarso whats the outcome what should we use instead thats similar and has a large commuinity ???

posted by (2010-05-28 15:20:00)
saucer avatarI have Limewire and I really don't like it far too much spam, scams and maleware, the only reason I have it is because it can be useful for D/L single mp3's and that's all it's good for. The same goes for Frostwire. BTW Frostwire does have adware so don't believe the bullsh!t

posted by (2010-05-29 00:06:26)
No avatarHaving used Utorrent for years, I rarely need the older type of file sharing, but when I an desperate or can't find something, I use a program called DC++. It is free of Ads, Spyware and the like. The drawbacks to it is that you have to select the hubs you connect to and the good hubs require minimum share amounts, but I still think it is the best option.

posted by (2010-05-29 01:49:30)
wylde avatarHere's the answer so nobody needs to ask the question again... If you're intent on using a P2P program to get your files, pick one and get in tight with a room, make as many friends as possible, and share everything you have - the more files you host, the more keen other people are to deal with you.

When it comes to hard to find singles or files I got everything I needed from Napster or WinMX. These days I'll scan torrents occasionally for discographies and collections. If you do get your hooks into a P2P room and make good contacts, but no matter what you try, you're still unable to find that "1" particular file you're looking for, then the only way you can possibly get it is to create accounts on every P2P hub there is, and search them individually, but always go back and stay loyal to your main P2P hub/room. There's also newsgroups, but you need to pay for access and there's no guarantee you'll get it on Usenet either; you have a good chance, but no guarantees.

There is no "best" P2P program, there never has been, there never will be - well Napster did own that title 10 years ago, but that's over. There is no "best" P2P program, there is only the user with that "1" file shared, and you've just gotta find where he hangs out. The same applies for every other "1" difficult to find.

Not intending to be insulting here, but this question has become redundant over the last 8 years. You can either listen and learn or do it the way you think is works.

All the best..

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSuperman (2010-05-30 10:34:49)
mickjapa108 avatarOK go on slag them all off, bloody sheep!! we all know what they have become,but I for one am realy greatful for the
early days with Napster,Kazza,Limewire,& those of us with more than one brain cell,knew how to avoid the ever incresing
crap on the networks. I worked in Limewire forums for 2 years,& hats off to my old mate lotr & the crew.
I thank them for a big part of my 7.5 Tbite music library. Now evalution takes its corse & ET is for me the next step so
please think before just flapping your lips without thinking.

posted by (2010-05-30 12:56:22)
ic3m4l3 avatarer y not download that ipod prog of here wats just like the limewire to put ur stuff on psp and download music from here also wtf who needs l;imewire it suk ass anyways

posted by (2010-05-30 14:26:48)
No avatarWow reading thru the post I feel like im back in the 2000's. do people still really use limewire and sharaza? I quit using them 10 years ago.

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