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Napster's Gone. So what?

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Napster brought peer-to-peer MP3 swapping to the masses, and once we all got hooked, not even the RIAA could take the craving away. Plenty of good programings have moved in to fill the void Napster left. We have a couple worthy candidates below for you Mac-users to check out. If you use a PC, you may want to check out Kazaa and other programs available at Zeropaid.com.

[icon] LimeWire

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This is my program of choice, the first and best file-sharing program for the Mac. It uses the Gnutella Network, runs with Java, and it works. They also have a version available for Mac OS 9 and Windows, so you really can't lose. It's also available as a "Pro" version for a few dollars.

[icon] XFactor

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A very slick peer-to-peer file-swapping program that runs on FastTrack, Gnutella, and OpenFT. How does that light your fire?

[icon] Poisoned

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Poisoned is a GUI frontend for the giFT daemon that allows you to share files across the internet or a network on the following major P2P file sharing networks: OpenFT, Gnutella, FastTrack. I've never gotten this to work.

[icon] 2Get

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It's an OpenNap client and doesn't work that well, but the author is really dedicated.

[icon] alltheweb.com alltheweb.com

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Download MP3 music from the WEB?! Believe it or not, there is a handful of sites out there with MP3 files you can download with nothing more than you favorite web browser. Just click on the audio tab and see what turns up. The pickings are a much slimmer than peer-to-peer clients, but it's worth a shot if you're afraid the RIAA is breathing down your neck!

[icon] AquLite

This program also uses the Gnutella network, and it's based on a certain other Gnutella client that costs $15. I haven't used this program much, but it's gotten some very positive reviews.

[icon] iSwipe

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iSwipe uses many protocols at once to find the files you want. These include Hotline, Carracho, OpenNap, Gnutella, and FTP. This makes it easy to find the files you want over a broad spectrum of protocols. However, this program isn't very good at actually downloading them.

You may want to consider using iSwipe to find the location of a server you can download from and then using a third-party client (such as Zombie for files on a Hotline server) to download the file itself.

Unfortunately, this program seems to be unavailable for downloading.

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