Kazaa Lite is no more

By on December 7, 2003, 3:34 AM
The project, which had been set up to block spy and ad ware within the Kazaa Media Desktop Program has achieved notoriety within the P2P world through its simplistic approach and success in reverse engineering the Kazaa application.

However, the program infringed on the copyright of Sharman Networks, the company that now own and program the Kazaa Media Desktop application, after the purchase of the code and copyright in 2002. The FastTrack (Kazaa) network is financed through advertising systems, which Kazaa Lite K++ does not include, and so was seen as a threat by the owners.

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shnig said:
Tis a pitty that was a brillent program. Fair well Kazza lite. Anyone know other good programs/methods to achieve the same goal as kazza lite?
Phantasm66 said:
AHHAHAAHAHAH AHHAHAH AHAHHA AHAHAH AHAHAH !!!!!!I feel just like Davros when he found out that his new generation of Daleks had been destroyed.How am I going to conquer the universe now?Oh, wait, what am I saying? [url=http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/download.html]Download Bittorrent here[/url].
Phantasm66 said:
What I was just thinking was that, if it was as easy to reverse engineer as that, what's to stop someone else getting the source code and "taking on the mantle" underground? And what is more important - the existing version will surely be good to go for some time to come! It will still be compatible with the Kazaa network.Even if the "official" web server and other channel's won't allow a download, surely some IRC server somewhere will?It will be harder to get hold of, but I am sure that a hacked version of Kazaa will be around in some form for a while.Anyway, you all need to be using bittorrents as well.
BrownPaper said:
will kazaa lite still function on the p2p network?
---agissi--- said:
Thats a shame.. not gonna check right now [too lazy :p] but i do hope it still works on the kazaa p2p network ;)
khosw said:
well here's where you end up:bit torrent - for movies and games, programs.winmx - for mp3'semule - for general use, programs.dc++ - games, movies, music, programs.
Julio said:
I believe the program still works (who knows until when) but development has been stopped and official download links are no longer there.
werty316 said:
Too bad KaZaa lite was a good program though I don't use it much.
StormBringer said:
I never really liked Kazaalite anyway, I have always found more reliable means of getting what I want or need. People have been sharing files since before the word "Internet" was ever uttered, there are far more efficient means of doing so, and most of them do not include annoying ads. There is FTP, IRC, and many other methods.I have personally found the p2p apps like kazaa to be a bit cold, you don't really know if you even downloaded the right file till you get it. With other methods, you can actually know what you are getting, and have confinence that you didn't just waste a ton of bandwidth on a bogus file.
Vehementi said:
I haven't been able to use it recently, but I bet it's because of my ISP not Kazaa.I suppose I could just (sigh) install KMD then run AdAware.I'm gonna miss it. You really know KMD has ads when it is like 8MB and Kazaa Lite is like 2 or 3MB.Will there still be K++ extensions or was that only for K-Lite?
NoisySilence said:
KMD won't run once the Adware has been removed & yes the K++ extensions ( & the extra tools such as AVI Preview ) are only for KLite.
Phantasm66 said:
Heheheh well I hope you all kept the installation file for Kazaa lite, I know I certainly did.
Thing said:
hellosorry but kazaa sucks! i can not find anything that i want... direct connect is the way to go! we do not need anything else.bye
Phantasm66 said:
I'll admit that there are a number of useful ways to get the stuff you want - Kazaa is just one part of a toolkit you should have. But loosing Kazaa Lite is still bad.
MoRulez said:
Kazaa may suck to some, but when it came to picking kazaa, or kazaa lite, kazaa lite won hands down, with no spyware or adware, very convenient and efficient download options and features to help deflect those RIAA pests, among many mnay other useful features that Kazaa Lite invented for Kazaa and it's network. Kazaa Lite will live on. Its too good of a program to just stop developing.
Krugger said:
Kazaa was goin downhill anyway. it had become nearly unusable due to the corrupted mp3s that would result everytime i tried to download. BT is good for albums and other types of media, but for the occaisonal single i relied on kazaa. i'm sure something will pop up for the mainstream masses shortly. also, how easy would it be for a few developers to continue to work on it and release it via underground channels annoymously? what could Sherman do if it was done that way.
Phantasm66 said:
What we really need its a unified, grand network for sharing and searching for bittorrents. Using open source software such as apache (so that you have a running bittorrent catalogue server on your machine as well).What would be ideal would be if it was a plug in for a web browser so that you could just type the name of the file, etc into a kind of toolbar which would then display the search results in a web page by utilising some sort of asp or php - I know there are web pages that do this already, but I am talking about a peer to peer web server (like an apache hack) that runs on your own machine and therefore isn't some web server with links that can be shut down.You then simply click on links which automatically download the bittorent file to your temp directory and begin the download. OK, maybe I am stoned at the moment and not making much sense, but you get what I mean.
shnig said:
Could techspot maby do a guide on how to download "files" from irc?
Didou said:
I really don't think that would be appropriate at all, that is the same reaon there hasn't been a KaZaa tweak guide after all.;)The best way to learn is to frequent certain IRC channels, get to know the people there & once they know you well enough, they could take a little time to explain to you how it works.
josbd said:
Well I liked Kazaa Lite. It has certainly IMO been best for music downloads ... it was friendly enough to use, and tho I dont know a huge amount about Bittorrent, it doesnt seem to have the vast collection of ancient trax I want to look for. I DO know the answer is for me to get a life, but *sigh* I shall miss Kazaa Lite. Big time.:(
conradguerrero said:
if you want to know about alternative downloads you can try [url]www.slyck.com[/url]
josbd said:
Oooh excellent! Cheers for that, I shall go and investigate.
XtR-X said:
What do you mean K-Lite is no more? Do you mean production has stoped or do you mean that you can't connect or that anyone can reverse K-Lite to track you down?I can still connect and download fine (just checked).
Phantasm66 said:
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XtR-X said:
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josbd said:
What is confusing the issue is that there are various versions of Kazaa Lite, and the one I have seems to be fine atm. The link from Conrad is excellent... leads you to a number of mirror sites.
StormBringer said:
I won't post the links here because of the content and some of the banner ads on some of the pages, but if you are interested in BT but have trouble finding things(since there isn't a central search network) simply google for Bit Torrent Links, the first page of results yeilded some excellent results for tracking sites, where you can search for popular downloads.
Phantasm66 said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by XtR-X [/i][SIZE=10][URL=http://doa2.host.sk]HTTP://DOA2.HOST.SK[/S
ZE] [/URL] [/quote] Hehheeh! ;)Too bada)Kazaa Lite download is no longer available from there, and b)it will be down some time soon anyway, I think.Face it man, its going underground now if its continuing at all. I hope it is, but face facts there are big problems doing so now.
MoRulez said:
I have had the latest version (2.4.3) and the really neat thing about K-Lite is that the (hopefully not) "last" release was EASILY the best version ever. Nice coincidence. But you can still connect to it and download files off it. My friend just used it to download a 2 week old song, so it's still in use. But use edonkey for all your file-sharing needs. It has everything you ever dreamed of (almost). And it is constantly updated.
josbd said:
Well I shall stick with using the version I have now, and hope that K-Lite re-emerges, since it has given many of us a hand in persuading record companies that we KNOW we are being ripped off. Hopefully they will listen this time and learn.
young&wild said:
Although i m a great fan of K-Lite, I have to say that its not the end of the world without it. I m sure there are good programs out there to support your mp3 needs. I have already been using WinMX for a couple of days. I am very satisfied with it. I found mp3s to be of higher quality than most foond in K-Lite, 192kbps are commonly available in WinMX whiile 128kbps seems to be the common bitrate in K-Lite. Another plus is that you have less chances of downloading empty files or looping ones, I have not encounter a single looping file in the 20 downloads of mp3s i have done over the past two days.
SNGX1275 said:
If you guys are really hard up to get what you want go back to the pre-napster era and use IRC or FTP. Check out [url]www.oth.net[/url] for a hint.[i]Note: I assume you are dling what you already own because you don't have a cd drive in your computer or any software that can rip cds :)[/i]
Didou said:
KaZaa lite didn't only have mp3s on it, that's why a lot of people used it. *cough*y&w*cough* ;)I could type "midget" & have all the movies I need ( educational movies mind you ).What I liked about Audio Galaxy was the Community aspect. In every single part of the Audio Galaxy site/software you could leave a comment or simply discuss about the artist/song.It's something that I find lacking in a lot of programs released now. I mean you can always send a message to someone you're downloading from & vice/versa, but there's nowhere to go to find out what people think about a certain song. Or if you're actually discovering an artist through mp3s ( that has happened quite a lot for me ), you can ask people suggestions of good songs for that specific artist.MP3 programs weren't just about looking at the chart in your area & downloading the Top 10.On another note, I remember Massive Attack had released the Mezzanine album on their website prior to its release. The other day I was looking at their "100th window" album & noticed it was copy protected.Times are changing I guess.
XtR-X said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Phantasm66 [/i]Hehheeh! ;)Too bada)Kazaa Lite download is no longer available from there, and b)it will be down some time soon anyway, I think.Face it man, its going underground now if its continuing at all. I hope it is, but face facts there are big problems doing so now. [/quote] When I posted that, they didn't have that recent news post stating that they will stop.Dang... I have to learn how to use mirc... i've tried before but I still dont get it...
Phantasm66 said:
you can still use your existing kazaa lite program, its just unavailable for download.
young&wild said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Didou [/i]KaZaa lite didn't only have mp3s on it, that's why a lot of people used it. *cough*y&w*cough* ;)I could type "midget" & have all the movies I need ( educational movies mind you ).[/quote] They have tonnes of *cough* educational movies *cough* movies than mp3s in eDonkey ;). It always good to have 2 or more p2p programs, one to fill in what the other lacks and vice versa.
agrav8r said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Phantasm66 [/i]you can still use your existing kazaa lite program, its just unavailable for download. [/quote] For now. i am sure that Kazaa will soon be creating a "patch" that will disable the use of existing kazaa lite users and begin using gator ware again. The only 2 things that people complain about with kazaa wath teh spyware and the activity level. For those who use bittorrent, doesn't it have to have multiple owners of the program you are searching for? The method it used, according to my understanding, was to take packets from each of the different owners in no particular order and reconnect them, where kazza just connected directly to multiple users and attempted to grab them "in order" from front to back. If this is the case, would that make bittorrent faster in its downloads, or am i missing something?
XtR-X said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Phantasm66 [/i]you can still use your existing kazaa lite program, its just unavailable for download. [/quote] Yeah I still do but now the supply has cut off. Now files are in high demand.Demand > Suppy.
SNGX1275 said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by XtR-X [/i]Yeah I still do but now the supply has cut off. Now files are in high demand.Demand > Suppy. [/quote] What in the hell are you talking about?The supply for a non-spyware client has cut off, that is all that has cut off. Files as in install files? I think threads in the front page news as well as this very thread have displayed that you can still get the install files for Kazaa Lite and K++. If you are refering to media files that are now in 'high demand' well then I think you are exaggerating a bit - how are they in any more demand than 1 month ago?
Krugger said:
i think he meant they're in low supply, and therefore since there a fewer shared files they are in higher demand... but i don't think that really applies to a p2p network of this size. the only problem i could see is that fewer people are using kazaa or fewer people are sharing... i don't think demand is an issue.
josbd said:
Well, I am using it atm and there are 3,780,268 users online, and tis early yet, so perhaps all is not that bad eh?
Phantasm66 said:
As I said, you can still use the application, you just can't download it from any official server anymore, and its no longer under development.
poertner_1274 said:
If people are still that interested in getting this application all they would need to do is just search for it on regular kazaa, I'm sure it can be found there somewhere. I am also thinking there isn't really that much that kazaa(the real one) can do to stop people from using k++ unless they revamp the whole system.
StormBringer said:
I just googled it and came up with quite a few live links to it(just individuals still hosting copies of it) within the first few pages of results...You can also probably ask people you know for it, many people tend to keep the installer on their machine after installing.
josbd said:
Indeed. The "official" download sites now seem to be expecting people to sign up for a *ahem* small fee.... which they claim makes it all legal. So, erm that's alright then....... :|
Krugger said:
i assume you're referring to [url]http://www.k-lite.tk/[/url] which is what you find when you search google for kazaa lite... that company just came about to try to make money of klite's popularity. when sherman forced google to remove links to klite's homepage, this k-lite site became the first result on google.
StormBringer said:
I wasn't talking about official sites, I was refering to several sites that just happen to have klite available for download, some are just collections of p2p apps and such.
agrav8r said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by StormBringer [/i]I wasn't talking about official sites, I was refering to several sites that just happen to have klite available for download, some are just collections of p2p apps and such. [/quote] I am using klite, but for anyone using kazaa prime:rolleyes: have you checked to see if it is downloadable? I have tossed around putting the zipped version in my shared folder, but I don't know if they are "looking" for it
StormBringer said:
I assume by Kazaa Prime, you mean the original ad-supported Kazaa that is full of spyware [url]http://www.kazaa.com/us/index.htm[/url]
LatchJohnson said:
I still have my kazaa install file saved to disk and it works fine with my dial up on my xp pro system. I switched to broadband and it never connected, so i left kazaa lite installed. Installed kazaa(with ad-ware) and it forces my lite to connect. I then uninstall kazaa and its p2p program with altnet and then run pest partrol to eliminate all left over spyware. My kazaa lite works fine after that. Unfortunatly after seeing this, kazaa might find a way to beat this system.
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