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Old 06-20-02, 01:15 PM
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It looks like audiogalaxy is dead...

I knew it was coming, and heard they were in a lot of legal trouble. Well it looks like everything has been blocked. They were actually useful for a "try before you buy" kinda service.
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Old 06-20-02, 02:22 PM
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Yup, so what's the next best file sharing program to use?
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Old 06-20-02, 03:07 PM
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I would recommend WinMX, a good source for music and fansubs. It's too bad I can never actually get anything. Oh well. Nothing I ever want is ever available on any file sharing except WinMX, but I keep getting disconnected halfway through or never get connected at all, only way down on someone's queue. So for me, file sharing is dead.
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Old 06-20-02, 05:18 PM
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I tried WinMX and didn't like it. It was too complicated and not fast enough for me so I just use Kazaa Lite 1.7.1. Its hard to find a good link, but if you dig around the forums at kazaalite.com, you'll find it. I wish I still had the link for the dl I used beofore
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Old 06-20-02, 05:52 PM
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I tried WinMX and didn't like it. It was too complicated and not fast enough for me so I just use Kazaa Lite 1.7.1. Its hard to find a good link, but if you dig around the forums at kazaalite.com, you'll find it. I wish I still had the link for the dl I used beofore
I agree WinMX isn't too good. I keep getting disconnected or it moves slow. I'd go with Kazaa although I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't find any rare music.
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Old 06-20-02, 07:07 PM
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Ah! Found it!!!!!!!!! Click on this guy's yahoo groups link. http://www.kazaalite.com/nuke/module...thread&tid=811
I've found everything I wanted on Kazaa, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted on WinMX.
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Old 06-20-02, 07:57 PM
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Originally posted by grr1
I tried WinMX and didn't like it. It was too complicated and not fast enough for me so I just use Kazaa Lite 1.7.1. Its hard to find a good link, but if you dig around the forums at kazaalite.com, you'll find it. I wish I still had the link for the dl I used beofore
Tell me again why WinMX is too complicated? You type in what you want, it comes up, you download it... it doesn't get any easier than that. I like it infinitely better than Kazaa for music downloads.
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Old 06-20-02, 08:23 PM
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Kazaa is more widely used and has a simpler interface. WinMX has too many options and I couldn't get all the file details that I wanted to know during a search in winmx.

Kazaa let me know more like it included a description by the user, length of clip and resolution, etc.

WinMX is good for some people but not for me though.
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Old 06-20-02, 11:35 PM
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Are you talking movies or music? I use both, Kazaa for movies...for the reasons you gave... and WinMX for music because I get what I want more quickly, with more results.
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Why hasn't Kazaa faced a similar fate?
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Why hasn't Kazaa faced a similar fate?
I hope they won't but it looks like they might soon, but they will always have new P2P programs.

JTH182, I just use Kazaa for everything right now.
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In Case You're Interested ...

Audiogalaxy reached a legal settlement with the recording industry Monday, agreeing to obtain permission before allowing people to swap copyrighted songs through its popular file-trading service. The agreement halted song trades on the service Monday night. Searches conducted by CNET News.com for tunes by musicians including Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye and James Brown returned no results or an error message saying "search prohibited."

The out-of-court settlement comes a year after Audiogalaxy began voluntarily filtering copyrighted music from its system in an attempt to appease the recording industry. Its efforts failed last month, when the Recording Industry Association of America, National Music Publisher's Association and Harry Fox Agency sued the file-swapping service, saying its filters were ineffective.

Under Monday's settlement, Audiogalaxy is required to obtain permission from a songwriter, music publisher or recording company to use and share copyrighted works. In addition, Audiogalaxy has agreed to pay the music publishers and recording industry an undetermined amount of money to settle the suit, according to the RIAA.

Although the settlement clears the way for Audiogalaxy to leave its legal headaches behind, it raises other, equally pressing concerns over the company's future. Audiogalaxy has attracted millions of Web surfers by offering a broad menu of free music--an arrangement that almost certainly will not survive the settlement.

The tough road to legitimacy for file-swapping companies was illustrated last year by Napster, which added filters aimed at blocking its users from trading unauthorized files, only to shut down voluntarily when they proved insufficient. The company has remained dark ever since. It filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, although it still awaits a chance to come back online, according to its primary backer, German media giant Bertelsmann.

The Audiogalaxy settlement comes as the RIAA continues to wage a legal battle against a string of other file-swapping services, including StreamCast Networks and its Morpheus software, Kazaa BV, Grokster, MP3Board and Madster, formerly known as Aimster.

According to Download.com, a software aggregation site operated by News.com publisher CNET Networks, Audiogalaxy's software has been downloaded at least 30 million times.

"This is a victory for everyone who cares about protecting the value of music," Hilary Rosen, chief executive of the RIAA, said in a statement. "This should serve as a wake-up call to the other networks that facilitate unauthorized copying. The responsibility for implementing systems that allow for the authorized use of copyrighted works rests squarely on the shoulders of the peer-to-peer network."

Audiogalaxy CEO Michael Merhej could not be immediately reached for comment.
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Old 06-21-02, 11:05 PM
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Why hasn't Kazaa faced a similar fate?
The RIAA seems to be going after one giant at a time.

Which is fine...by the time Napster had been taken down several other had popped up in its place. Now that Audio Galaxy is down there are several other powerful alternatives (my choice Kazaa).

Should they ever go after Kazaa (which most certainly will be next) I'm sure there be two or three even better P2P applications that pop up.
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I know of 15 popular P2P programs. I think its pointless for the feds to try kill P2P, since they're just fighting a losing battle.
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