It's back: LimeWire Pirate Edition debuts

omega00

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This, I worry, will fuel a resurgence of infected computers, which hurts everyone. Most of us who visit TechSpot are savvy enough to update our anti-virus software and don't randomly download stuff from shady websites. However, most computer users aren't like us. They probably have an outdated antivirus program, or no antivirus program at all.
 

Puiu

Posts: 4,009   +2,525
It's not surprising that it appeared on the web again.
BTW is it just me or does the 1b $ fine seem a bit too much? It's not like they even have close to that amount to pay them.
 

Eddo22

Posts: 168   +14
TomSEA said:
One would think that if you already have a potential $1 billion dollar settlement hanging over your head, you'd leave well enough alone.

There's no reason to pirate any longer unless you're just a jerk who continues to insist that you're something special in this world and should get everything for free. You can buy songs for as cheap as .89 a copy from a variety of sources, Steam has regular sales for games that were once $50 and are now $8.00, you can rent a movie from a Red Box for a lousy buck. I routinely see Blu-Ray DVD sales for $8.99 now.

All the previous pirating excuses (and that's all they were) are no longer relevant.
..or if you can't stand the greedy higherups.
 

compu4

Posts: 46   +0
You can never stop pirates.

I find it quite ironic that the pirated version is the version with no viruses, Lol.
 

treetops

Posts: 3,003   +757
Limewire has always been full of viruses, I have not used it in years and will never use it again.
 

poertner_1274

Posts: 3,874   +3
Care to elaborate? I don't believe audio cds contain album art, so if you rip your own CD (or even before you do) WMP is going to go fetch the album art for you. It will get album art whether you feed it mp3s or a real cd (or a burned one). So unless I'm missing something I don't see how 'the man' is going to track you based on what album art you get.
Agreed. I don't see this as an issue at all. I just updated my entire music collection through MediaMonkey album art.

I will let you know if I get busted....

Now on to Limewire. I've always found this software, along with emule and others to be so riddled with virii that I haven't bothered to use them.
 

Recipe7

Posts: 143   +5
Virus after Virus from the original Limewire... I can't imagine how 'sick' this Limewire is going to be; oh wait, very.

I will stick to other means of attaining data.
 

vangrat

Posts: 223   +0
I am of two minds about this. First off, pirating leads to drugs, drugs lead to aliens, aliens lead to probing...where was I going with this?? Oh yes Pirates are bad because they probe...wait that isn't right?!

I use torrents to do the following:
A. Download shows that are already free in the states that I cannot watch because I am not in the states.

B. See A.

Other than that I don't have much reason to "pirate" per se. However, the lengths the ACCC go to stop people pirating only make them look like the fools they are. By "shutting down" limewire, all that has been accomplished is a better tool to download content from...wow brilliant piece of work. Maybe we should shut down Microsoft, and see an open source, more stable, less prone to BSODs Windows!
 
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Guest

Some of us are willing to pay but we can not get the opportunity. Nobody thinks anybody in Africa can buy anything. So every store 'is not available in your region' so you want the music, buy the whole album at 20 dollars just to get the one song you like, or just pirate.
 

anguis

Posts: 85   +12
omega00 said:
This, I worry, will fuel a resurgence of infected computers, which hurts everyone. Most of us who visit TechSpot are savvy enough to update our anti-virus software and don't randomly download stuff from shady websites. However, most computer users aren't like us. They probably have an outdated antivirus program, or no antivirus program at all.
A resurgence? No, because personal computers are not infected any more than they were last year. Many viruses come from simple web surfing. P2P is not responsible for that. Whether or not a new LimeWire is released, won't make people any more or any less stupid.
 
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jtickner1

The fact that people have still been using LimeWire up until shutdown is hilarious.
 

Kibaruk

Posts: 3,836   +1,183
Sadly... I have bought games but only multiplayers, the ones you can squish every cent (In my case chilean peso) out of fun (Which I do download a... mmm... "demo"), but I would never consider buying a single player game, for that I have minesweeper and freecell.

How would you consider buying a $50-$60 game where you play alone, have no multiplayer whatsoever, and end up trashing to play counter-strike 1.6?
 

ET3D

Posts: 1,708   +352
Kibaruk said:
Sadly... I have bought games but only multiplayers, the ones you can squish every cent (In my case chilean peso) out of fun (Which I do download a... mmm... "demo"), but I would never consider buying a single player game, for that I have minesweeper and freecell.

How would you consider buying a $50-$60 game where you play alone, have no multiplayer whatsoever, and end up trashing to play counter-strike 1.6?
There are quite a few answers to that.

First of all, for some people it's not a huge amount of money. Many people regularly pay this for a meal at a restaurant, or to see a ballgame, or several times that to see their beloved singer perform. So they're willing to pay a huge sum for a couple of hours of entertainment but not $50-60 for quite a lot of hours of a game's campaign?

Even if you can justly say that you're not buying the games because you can't afford them, that's still not a reason to pirate it. Make do with the games that you like (such as multiplayer) or those that cost less. It's possible to have quite a bit of fun with games that cost little or nothing.

And lastly, the $50-60 price is only for people who need to play the game when it comes out. Wait a little and the price will drop.
 

buttus

Posts: 180   +0
Limewire SUCKS. I know so many people that used their paid service and still got loads of infections. Better to leave it dead.
 

zogo

Posts: 53   +0
Limewire is not worth to resurrect. It's full of crap. There are far superior programs to use. So this is ridiculous :D
 
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Guest

Hi there, I am a guest here ....I read alot of comments on how laughable it is to still use limewire..
I am not very good with Comps, and dont spend much time on them but I like finding old music that isnt available any longer. I used Limewire because it had the music and it was on my computer since I bought it. I dont mind paying for music or even a monthly service (provided it has what I am looking for.

Can you (in the know) fellows suggest some better sites to use for music downloads.???

HEEELP!
 
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I never got a virus from LimeWire and have used it for years. While I get the issue the MPAA or the record industry has with file sharing, often, I use limewire to find a song for my kid, like "Witch Doctor" because she heard the version on the Chipmunks. I'm not buying a CD of "Witch Doctor" for her to hear. I'm not buying a version of most of the songs I play for her or listen to once. Also, many of the songs I've d/l I owned on tape or record. In the other instance, I've used it to listen to songs by artists I heard a snippet from.

Limewire hasn't cost anyone any money from me. If I couldn't get it free, I don't get it. I bought the U2 CDs that come out. My kid has the DVDs for just about every Disney movie that comes out. We rent Star Wars from the library for a $1.

For the artists, it might be better free. The music gets out, they tour. Skip the record company contract.
 
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Guest

This seems to be more about sticking it to the man.

Anyone with any brains dumped limewire years ago.

Only noobs use it.