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LimeWire shuts down P2P service, looks to future

By Mike ยท 64 replies
Oct 26, 2010
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  1. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 916   +24

    i quit using LimeWire long time ago, probably 3 years back. Torrents are 'cleaner', and have many FLACs files. Simple google or 4shared search also usually gets me things that I want, also faster.
  2. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I haven't used this terrible program for many, many years. The only thing I had ever found Limewire to be good for was music. I turned to Yahoo Music a long time ago, and eventually had them swap me over to Rhapsody. I pay $6 a month for their highest plan and can't complain a bit.
  3. ViNCiLiCiouS

    ViNCiLiCiouS TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I used to use Limewire back in middle school/early high school (about 4-5 years ago). In its defense, I actually liked it for a while. It was convenient, had good selection. Everyone talked about viruses, but I never seemed to have got one.

    Of course I have since moved to torrents, mainly because of the far greater quality control. But I remember torrents being rather slow in the past, it is usually not the case anymore.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    Limewire was like the best little *****house in Texas (The Chicken Ranch), only they weren't that great, it wasn't nearly as fun, you would get a bad case of gonorrhea every time you went, and they weren't in Texas.

    Come to think of it, going to Limewire to download p2p was more like going down to the corner of 110th st. and Central Park West, rather than The Chicken Ranch, and instead of gonorrhea you get AIDS. /memories
  5. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Ares Galaxy is another option, but its not so popular, and considerably less malware on there.
  6. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 378   +6

    Limewire... P2P softwares like that seems like yesterday's technology... or at least the way people pirate. On the other hand, there's still IRC and Torrents.

    I remember using Limewire when I was in highschool, and you'd be damned if you found something with decent quality in it... That and trying to get a whole album was a pain in the ***. >_> (yes i know its considered pirating... now... )

    Still, Loss of limewire doesn't seem anything important to say the least. They can disappear and never come back, and that is probably whats going to happen, die off like Kazaa :X
  7. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    I also got rid of LimeWire a while back, happy torrent user
  8. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    Maybe the internet will get faster now without all those machines downloading virus fill crap now. Huraah Huraah!
  9. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    the bad thing of P2P tools is that u don't know what u r downloading......seeder may fool you all the way......
  10. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    I never liked LimeWire so I don't really care they got shutdown. I care about RIAA sueing individuals.
  11. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 154   +33

    I remember back on the day when I used Napster then switched to limewire then to frostwire, now its nothing but torrents, good ridins limewire. I'm sure more will follow suit, just a matter of time.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    And what future would that be? Limewire's operators making license plates?
  13. zogo

    zogo TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Yeah, it's about time. Limewire is full of viruses. Practically you are searching through viruses, not through music. There are far better alternatives, like torrents. So why even bother with limewire anymore. I think nobody is going to miss it :)
  14. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    Limewire really last longer than its competitor and it is still good that it get closed. There was so many virus and malware shared on with this software - but I guess its not because of Limewire but because of P2P.

    We most remember, P2P is a legal activity, but shared files may be licensed to NOT share them. It's like buying guns - you can buy guns but you can't kill people with it. Thats how I see P2P and illegal shared files.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    Indeed....! "Guns don't kill copyrights, people do".....! :haha:
  16. ChrisG683

    ChrisG683 TS Enthusiast Posts: 41

    Sometimes I wonder why they continued to produce Limewire, noone likes it, and it's filled with junk. What was their motivation?
  17. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 146   +78

    I agree with the comparison between the war on drugs and internet piracy, but not with the example used. One of the issues the people who are trying to legalize marijuana are running into is that it is very difficult to control the product. It can be grown almost anywhere. The reason alcohol is legal is because the government can control the production and tax the product, which would be very difficult to do with marijuana because of the ease with which it can be grown.

    The key to cutting down on internet piracy is to give people a quality product at a reasonable price, and without all of the DRM restrictions. If you offer a piece of software at a reasonable price, and allow it to be easily backed up, or re-downloaded it in the event of a hardware failure, or upgrading to a new PC, more people will buy it. There are always going to be people who will illegally download software, but it is less likely if people feel they are getting a fair value.
  18. oasis789

    oasis789 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    back in the day it was napster, then kazaa, now limewire... who's next? emule?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    This is nonsense, plain and simple;
    Once upon a time, almost all software was installed with a serial number only, which the companies supplied with the packing.

    Furthermore, once upon a time, this installation discs contained NO DRM!

    Then people copied it at will, and installed in as many computers as they saw fit, and after wards gave copies to all their friends.

    So then, it seems we've brought the DRM on ourselves.

    So now, why don't you rethink this idealistic b**s***, or at least realize you're reinventing what was several years ago! It's certainly not a new idea.

    And incidentally, people never ever think that a product is worth the price being asked for it!
  20. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    LimeWire was nice if you wanted just one song from an album, instead of torrenting the whole CD. I used to use it a lot several years back, and yes there were a lot of files full of viruses, but it didn't take a genius to pick the legit files from the fake virus ones (music file ending in .exe...come on).

    But I'm really not all the sad about seeing it go, from what I hear it kept getting worse and worse for viruses. As several others have stated hopefully this will cut down on the calls from friends and relatives who infected their computer with something via LimeWire :p.
  21. ElDaFree

    ElDaFree TS Rookie

    I think it has almost been over a decade since I used Limewire ^_^ Switch to Bittorrent was an easy one.
  22. Mike

    Mike TS Rookie Topic Starter

    In reporting on this story I repeatedly took out the term "virus-ridden." You guys make me wish I had left it in, but I was trying to cover the story, not the experience of using LimeWire.

    Like many of you, LimeWire for me was a stepping stone that I was happy to leave behind. But I know many a user (many of them with little computer experience) who made their first downloads with LimeWire, which to me does mark this as a bit of an occasion. Not that it's anything I'd ever go back to.
  23. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    It's about time. Almost every computer I've dealt with that had viruses had limewire installed and the users used it a lot. Coincidence? I tell them they need to ditch Limewire for something more 'modern' and make sure everything they download from Limewire is scanned.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    As I've never used Lime wire, forgive this possibly stupid question, "other than P2P, exactly what "services" did Limewire have"? Oh wait, there was the free malware. Are they going to keep that portion of the service up and running?

    I'm still looking forward to license plates made by their execs......
  25. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    OH the many times ive had to clean computers because of limewire i say good riddance and goodbye im not saying all p2p is bad just seems like an abnormal amount of viruses and spyware come from limewire.

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