I think I'm well overdue to write a music review. The problem was I haven't done one for so long and there are SO many CDs - old and new - that I'd love to write a review of that I really couldn't think which to start with. So I copped out. I've decided to review a music downloading software application instead?.well, it's still about music, innit?! Back when I first got access to the internet at the end of 1999 the infamous Napster was alive and well and I soon found my way there and became hooked on it for a grabbing a few tracks here and there. It soon became something of an addiction and every night I'd sit here lining up some tracks to download and gleefully finding rare music that I'd given up hope of finding. Now, before we get into the morals, whys, and buts of downloading music from the internet I'll just put it briefly that I'm a bit of a fence-sitter on that one. I can see both sides of the argument but I am also well aware how the British pay well over the odds for their CDs and it's NOT the artists involved that get most of that excess cost. Now, in my own experience of my and my friends use of these music download programs we DON'T use it as an alternative to buying pre-recorded CDs. In a lot of cases I'm just looking for an odd track that I wouldn't buy anyway and only use to listen to on my computer. Then there is the extensive worn-out back catalogue I have on vinyl that I would love to buy on CD but either can't afford to or it is simply not available on CD. With newer tracks/bands I use it as a way of previewing the music before I decide to buy it or until I can afford to buy it. I can honestly say of the few CDs I have made from downloaded music I have later subsequently bought, or been given as a present, the genuine article - and that's the way I like! Right, all that said and done, what of this WinMX program? As many people know Napster was strangled long ag
o and other, very similar, applications have been appearing to serve the same purpose. On the recommendation of a friend I decided to give WinMX a go. To say their website, as it is, is basic is an understatement - it really only consists of the pop-up download available to install to run the application. So this is another free to use file-sharing program - not just limited to music - you can share videos, games, films and most media files too although I think music is by far the most popular. WinMX is suitable to run on most current specification computers - Windows 98, XP, ME and 2000 and needs only a minimum of 64mb RAM and 166Hz processor. Having said that once you have the software up and running it's quite quick and simple to get the hang off, which is just as well as there is currently no supporting site or help section available! If you click on the "Help" link within the program you are merely taken to an "Under Contruction" page which seems to have stayed like that for well over a year now. Unlike many of these programs WinMX contains no Spyware and you are not pestered by pop-up ads and suchlike while using it which makes a welcome change. Once you're up and running you're faced with a basic grey box with a black background and coloured text (you can change the text colours, etc through the preferences tab) then you just wait for it to connect - this is indicated by the green light appropriately enough! Your next step is to find what you want to download so you'll need to click on the search box and enter the relevant details. If you want to search for more than one track at once you can open up to seven search boxes at once. Once you've spotted your desired file simply highlight it (if there's more than one press your control key and highlight all of them at once) and then click the "download" button and voila! If you're lucky your download(s) may start straight away but more
often than not you could end up in a queue for sometime. Even so you can see where you are in the queue and in the meantime search for a another source of the same track if you wish. Once everything is under way and running you can see the progress of all downloads indicated by a percentage bar and the file size log. When you've built up a library of tracks to share you'll also be able to see what people are uploading from you and so on - after all it is a file-SHARING site! I find it quite fascinating to see what's popular and you can become quite mesmerised by watching the download/upload progress bars (especially after a few drinks?..!) Generally speaking I find most downloads quite fast but I am on 150k broadband connection. When I started using it I was on 56k dial-up connection and it was much slower with a 2 hour cut off so many downloads were interrupted or painfully slow. However any partial downloads are saved and you can always pick them and continue them later when you find the matching file on WinMX again so all is not lost! It once took me two or three weeks to get one track in its entirety! You can also see the connection speed of the person you are connected to (or rather the computer you are connected to!) so if your connections are the same/similar the process can be notably quicker. A few more basic facts - when using the program for the first time you don't need to enter any personal details and, if you wish, you can change your user name each time you log in to it. The downside of that is that you cannot save users as favourites if they a library of tracks you wish to go back to. You can keep them on your "Hotlist" for as long as your current session but once you shut down nothing is saved so you just have to hope you can find them again and they may not even be using the same name! The program has an instant message facility (again only operational while program is in use) and you can set this to
your own required privacy level - no messages, only those downloading/uploading or all users. It also has an auto-responder facility so if you accept messages but leave it running while you're out/asleep/watching TV etc you can send back an auto-reply to that effect so people know they are not being ignored! There is also a chat facility but I have never used it myself although it looks to be much the same as any other chat facility on a quick perusal. The "Shared Files" button takes you to a view of your own library of tracks where you can adjust settings and edit tracks to share. If, for some reason, there are files you do not want others to see/share you can exclude them within that section and also keep track of the files you have successfully downloaded yourself. "Settings" is quite self explanatory - here you can set the number of downloads/uploads available for each session to limit usage and stop the system becoming slow with the sheer volume of exchanges going on. You can also adjust time-outs for connecting to users and queuing times, automatic searches, connection speeds, etc. A lot of it is a bit too technical for more to understand so I haven't used the more advanced settings but I'm sure the "power-users" among you will be able to set it for optimum performance. Finally there is a "Downloaded Files" button which will take you straight to the chosen folder on your hard drive where you store your files so you can check and edit your files from there too which I find very handy. I think I've rambled on long enough and covered all the essentials? In a nutshell it's free, easy and quick to use but there's no help centre and limited interaction. So, go to www.winmx.com, give it a try and see how quickly you become addicted :o)
Don't bother reading this now, as they have taken it away.... I will leave the review here though, just incase anyone is interested in what they have missed, and because it's not everyday I get a crown for something :o)
I had Morpheus to get all my MP3's and such like before, but I was being driven insane by the endless pop-ups and it freezing all the time. I was going to go back to Kazaa, that I had in the past but found they have a small charge now.. and being a tight wad I hate paying for things. Wishing that AudioGalaxy was still about (something I loved dearly and miss on a almost daily basis) I happened to ask out loud "Why can't there be a free, easy way to nick stuff?" to no-one in general. My son's mate came up with WinMx.... seeing as he is always here I forgot he was in the room while I was talking to myself :o)
I dutifuly went to the site WWW.WINMX.COM to find out more.
They have no pop ups.. YAY
They don't charge..... YAY
They are a sharing site..... YAY
After lots of confirmation about lack of pop-ups, spyware, viruses and other such stuff I headed for the download page. There were several to download, all the same but mirror sites so if one was busy any of the others could be used. The first one I picked wasn't busy and I had it all downloaded and installed in about 5 minutes. The version for downloading was v3.31, so this isn't a new thing.
During the installation I was given the option to have a black background with coloured writing or a white one.... of course I went for black, had to read an agreement twice, tell it what folders I wanted to share and what types of file I wanted to share. I also had to think of a user name which they automatically stuck numbers on the end of.
As soon as it opened itself after installing I was amazed how quickly it read through all the stuff I said I would share with it. (I had over 1.5 GB of MP3's on my clapped out PC!). Then it was time for me too play :o)
I went strait to search.... my eldest son wanted anything by Syd Barrett but particulary Effervesing Elephant... so I typed in Syd and Elephant.... (easiest bits too
spell).. and voila! There was two. Right clicked on both of them and soon they were both downloading.
This was fun..... I tried again.. Just with Syd Barrett this time and loads came up. I was right clicking away like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunatly not all downloaded, but they never do!
As I was now bored of Barrett I wanted to try something else...... I asked someone I was chatting to at the time on MSN (even my poor clapped out, over stuffed PC could run the two at once) to name a song, they did, I did a search and eventually found some more to play with.
As soon as some had downloaded I thought I had lost them though, but it was just the timer on the options section, which I soon put right.
It lets you go to the folder you downloaded them into, so as soon as one had finished I opened it and had it playing away in the background :o)
My PC was doing three things at once and not suffering :o)
It did have a stutter attack at one point but that was when I tried to do a fourth thing... so it was my fault and I stopped doing it :oP
While I was happily "nicking" stuff, people were happily doing the same back. You can have upto 6 uploads and 6 downloads going at the same time. I am on Broadband though so maybe through a modem it would be less.
The songs that worked didn't take long to download and although one was only the first 59 seconds of a song, the sound quality was great. The short one was my fault....... I should have noticed it had a % sign next to it to indicate it wasn't a full song!
If you do start downloading something and you have to turn off the PC, it comes back the next time you run WinMx which is very handy (just as long as the person you were downloading from happens to be still there) and even if they aren't someone else with that file might be about so you can carry on getting it from them instead.
I have even had to now change it ove
r from my old PC to my new PC and that was a painless process, and seems to work even better as I have more RAM and I can easily do 5 things with no stutters or hiccups at all. (It is happily running in the background as I type this.) And I have even more hard drive to fill up with music.. so there is no stopping me now. On my last count I had nearly 6GB just of songs :oP
And I find it very easy to use. Even better is the fact that there really are no pop-ups :o)
It also has a chat facility (sort of like instant messages, but they vanish as soon as you answer them), after a while of not knowing what on earth it was for I have become quite addept at answering peoples plea's to move their requested song to the download list or even to chat about the size of my Schenker collection!
They do also have chatrooms, which I bravely went in the other day.... many are just rude.. but that's nothing new, and half don't even chat.. they must just sit there starting at a blank screen all night! But I did manage to find one helpful chappy to answer a question I had (helpful in the fact that he actually answered me, rather than answered my question though.lol).
You can have away messages up, so if someone does feel the need to chat, you don't have if you don't want to. Also there are options on it to regulate who you can get messages from... it can be from anyone that has winmx, or just people that are actually downloading stuff from you, or you from them.
Another good thing about the chat facility is that when someone is downloading your stuff you can browse all the stuff they are sharing rather than doing a search and "nick" anything you feel like from them, this helps avoid the queues that can form when too many people want the same stuff at the same time.
Like all these kind of shared sites it all depends if someone happens to be on it at the same time as you with the stuff you want, but so far
I haven't found any major problems, as there seems to be loads of people using this.
And it's not just MP3's that you can get.. I just discovered that games are on there too.. and pictures and films.. any old stuff that people are willing to share can be found if you search hard enough, but be warned, when moving from the MP3 to pastures new, not all is always what it seems and you could end up with porn on your PC.. unless you want porn that is, I am sure some do, just I don't.. so I will stick with the MP3's and the occasional game.
It does seem to be virus checked, but again, you should be on the look out for anything that seems a bit dodgy just in case.
If I do find anything else out I will let you know, but so far I feel I have found the P2P site for me.
Not sure what the ratings below mean... do they mean Dooyoo or WinMx? Ah well, I answered anyway!
I have 3 children, 2 of whom are at school. I always try to find new things for them to do on the PC and I was fast running out of places to download free educational software for them. A friend of mine recommended a peer to peer programme. Not knowing what one of these was I decided to scour the net and do some research. I found out a lot of information and decided to download one called WinMX. The url for the download is www.winmx.com. The biggest selling point for me about using this software was that it was completly free unlike some of its competitors...ahem...no names mentioned! What is a peer to peer program? ------------------------------------------------- Peer to peer programs are pieces of software that have been designed to allow people who use the internet to share their files with other users. The types of file that can be shared are audio files, videos, software, documents and pictures. Ok enough of the jargon, whats it like? Well basically, I found it very hard to use and not very stable but I will tell you more about this later. Installation --------------- Once the program had finished downloading I installed it. The installation was very easy and self explanitory. One of the main things that put me off about this program was all the additional software they ask you to install, you dont have to do so but this can be done without you even realising if you dont read the small print on the installation instructions. I highly recommend that you do! Once installed, some of this software is an absolute nightmare to remove and can often leave files lying around all over your PC if it is not done properly. I recommend that you use a specialised uninstalling program to ensure that all traces are removed. After installation you have to register to use the service. All this involves is choosing a user name and password and provide the company with your e-mail address so that they can spam you endl
essly!! Once you have done this you have to set the program up. Settings -------- 1) Confirm your user name 2) Choose your location 3) Choose the location on your PC where you want your downloads to be saved 4) Choose which types of files you wish to share with others 5) Choose which folders on your hard drive you wish to share 6) Specify your internet connection type 7) WinMx now configures itself to match your internet connection 8) Choose the colour scheme you prefer - Dark background is easier to read off of That's it for settings. Pretty straight forward and painless so far!! Or so you think! Use of the software ------------------- There are a number of tabs at the top of the page. Networks - Shows connection status, screen name and allows you to make a new connection Shared Files - Allows you to see what file you are sharing and you can add or remove selections here Chat - Basically just a chat page to be able to talk to other users Search - Search for files to download Hotlist - Shows a list of users who you prefer to download from, you choose who you want to appear here. Transfers - see what files you are downloading and what people are downloading form you This software may sound very simple to use and set up so far but the best part is yet to come. Try to download something!! I am not a dummy when it comes to computers, in fact I am very computer literate and studied computing at college, but somewhere along the line there must have been a new language invented and I wasn't told!! This software uses a lot of technical terms and for the novice computer user may be a little daunting. Even I was a little put back by this. Basically all you have to do is select the type of file that you want to download, whether it be a song, a video or a piece of software, enter a keyword that would identify what you are looking for and then hit enter
. A list of possible matches are displayed and then comes the fun part. You now have to decide which one of the many possible results you wish to download. This is where I got totally lost because evn though it may say that the file is available to download and there is no one in a queue to download it, will it download? More often than not, NO!!! This really wound me up and often took many attempts to download a file. Once you have got the file that you want downloading, you have the option to preview videos and audio files, pause and cancel the download. This is easily done by the buttons clearly labelled on the screen above the download information. I found that this software crashed rather a lot and the files that I did download were often viruses, luckily I have very good anti-virus software but no everyone is so lucky. On the whole if you are a beginner then this software probably isnt for you as it is very complex and there are no real instructions for use. On the other hand if you are an expert P2P user and know all the jargon and understand all of the advanced settings then you may well find this software great.
Since the fall of Napster Peer To Peer Networking has and will never be the same. The two wholesome geeks that spawned an internet and music revoloution started off with the simple princible that most computer users hold so dear....Nobody likes to pay for anything. So basically they are the Godfathers of p2p and mainly the mostly illegal practise of downloading compressed music files that we call mp3's. Since the demise of Napster we now obviously have a million different programmes claiming to me even better than Napster. However as most people know this is rarely the case and its incredibly difficult to find any worthwhile programmes, however two of the biggest and probably best would be WinMX & Kazaa. Kazaa has without a doubt the best range of downloads and has quite a few nifty features but didnt quite dominate due to the fact that it was full of spyware and adware. Also because it is more of an integrated package than WinMX it drains alot of processor power which isn't good for people with lower end machines. Luckily they got wise to the fact everyone hates advertising and there is now Kazaa lite which cuts out all of that nonsense, it still hogs alot of processor power though. Anyway, we are not here to talk about Kazaa, it's WinMX we're here to talk about. WinMX I would say was my favourite P2P programme mainly because it kept true to the simple original layout of Napster, everything is easy to use. If it had a name it would be John Smith because it's no nonsense. But there are a few useful utilities that Kazaa has that WinMX doesn't which is a bit of a pain. On the whole though I prefer it's simplicity. It's Napster but better. It's features are few but useful, such as chat which is always good, a very good search menu, not just limited to MP3's but every file you can imagine, the ability to hotlist users and a very cool utility to monitor bandwidth, it'
;s all good. Plus it's alot easier to listen to something while your downloading it unlike kazaa, whenever I try to listen to a song I'm still downloading it takes forever to actually start playing, very annoying. Don't know if thats just me though. Sadly though I fear WinMX's days are numbered, more and more people are using Kazaa, even myself.... It's main fault lies in the fact that there is less and less content on it everyday because as everyone knows, the more people using it, the more files there are to share. I don't know what they could do to attract more users, maybe revamp it a little, a few more features to the program but still keep with the small download sizes and simple easy to use approach which is it's main attraction. I just hope they do something before its too late....
I would just like to start by saying WinMX is cr@p! Yep cr@p! How the fucl< do you think its good????? It's slow, has poor connectiojn, poor file selection and you can't share all file types!!! Its bo11ocks!!! Have you muppets even heard of Kazaa? For pitty sakes its far superior in all the areas i listed above plus its easier to use!!!! OK i know it has spyware in it but comeon who actually uses the official program! Everyone uses one of the multiple patched programs most notably KazaaLite which has all the advantages of Kazaa with out any of the cr@ppy ads or spyware. So you'ld have to be a complete muppet to use WinMX its just not cutting the mustard! Plus if your really desperate for bandwidth you get one of the many cheaters for Kazaa to speed up your downloads due to you having prioirity status. Are you know going to say KazaaLite sucks if you are you have no clue!
I don’t know how many people use this program but any search for the word “pink” will bring up 1000+ search results. Downloading via WinMX is easy and non-illegal. Although privacy is a great factor, you would never get caught for just downloading an mp3. There are no personal details to give, just simply select a unique user name, don’t use your telephone number. -Downloading From different users- This is a very useful feature of the program: let me explain. If you want to download a song from the latest Pink album and you know the name. The best thing to do is to search for the name of that song and then download the required file. But if there are 2 or more users you can download from 5 or 50 different users. This has its advantages: The file can be downloaded much, much faster compared to only downloading from 1 user. I use a 56k modem, so I download from 5 different users max! -User Interface- The layout of the program has evolved greatly in the latest version (3.22 at the time of typing) There are windows that can be selected from the top of the user interface that will open up the different parts of the program. Those screens are: Networks – This tells you details about the network connection that you have. It tells you your user name and offers a chance to change your user name. Shared Files – It is called a file-sharing program so you should share files to other users. You can choose a specific folder and the specific media such as .mp3 files or .mov files or you can share any other file that you want to, its very simple and explained on screen. Your computer is not shared, unless you choose to. Chat A facility where by you and other WinMX users can chat while downloading the latest movie. Search The most vital part of the program, this is a simple process; there are a lot of buttons on this page next to the search boxes. But all those
buttons are explained clearly on the program and only needs common sense to work many of them out. You may not understand some or all of them, but with practice and regular use you will become familiar with the position and the different facilities offered by this excellent program. Hotlist A little like the contact list on a messenger program. This list stores the screen name of users you may want to download from in the future Transfers This lists all the downloads and uploads that are in progress to and from your computer. You have great control over other users downloading from your computer. For 1 you can select specific files to share, you can also set the speed at which the other users download from you. If you go to Settings -> Bandwidth Throttles at the top f that dialogue box you can change the download speed for you and for users downloading from you. If you are downloading from 1 user, it would make sense if you wanted to find more, so the download could go faster. To do this you need to right click on the download information in Transfers and then click the “Retry/Find Sources” option. This will enable the program to search the users logged into the WinMX network to for the file that you are downloading. Bandwidth This is a feature that logs your speed at which your downloading files and puts the information into a time-bandwidth graph for easy reference. This feature also puts the outgoing bandwidth (speed) into a graph. Conclusion Privacy: 100% Easy to use program Less computer crashing than other file sharing programs like Morpehus or kazaa. No ‘spy ware’ as I know Great Program. Go get it! Share a file or 3 and then download all the latest music
Like many others when I heard Napster was shutting down I was very disappointed. Sean Fanning and Co. had done something revolutionary at the time and Napster was soon known worldwide with millions swapping music files around the world. New bands loved it as it enabled their music to be heard, and some very established bands such as Radiohead and Foo Fighters thought it was a great way to promote their music. However it seemed all good things come to an end, which Napster did and they were forced to close their networks. Browsing a discussion forum I found that Napster wasn’t the only thing for file sharing, I read that somebody was using a programme named WinMX and it was doing a fine job for them. I went to the website, and although it looked unprofessional and a bit scrappy I was pleased with what I read. Like Napster it was freeware and did not contain Spyware or any other hidden programmes, which is why I never used Kazza. I downloaded the software, which took a few minutes and was very easy to install and was straightforward enough. Although WinMX was not as beautifully laid out as Napster and its colour scheme wasn’t perfect within minutes I was back to downloading music again. I was a tad disappointed to find no built in internal MP3 player but this was quickly forgotten when I found you could resume broken file downloads, that may have occurred from timeouts or being disconnected from the internet. It had many options Napster did including chat rooms and a hotlist. Although you cannot save your hotlist as the names are cleared when you exit there are many other features WinMX has. You can adjust the incoming and outgoing bandwidth throttles. If you are going out, with a file still downloading and want to save electricity you can tell WinMX to disconnect and shut down the computer once the download has finished. Search results are also very good and I can find whatever I want. You can also download pictures, applications, video
s, text, but you should be careful when downloading Zip files as you don’t know if they contain any sort of Virus or Trojan, no problem for me however as I just stick to my music. Recently, WinMX realised v3.22 with a few more features with the programme seeing changes to the interface and making it more ‘user friendly’. Using WinMX has provided me with everything I need and I have never looked back. Although it may not be as wonderfully planned and mapped out as Napster was, it does a very good job and still has many features Napster does and many Napster didn’t.
The search for a replacement for Napster continues. Up until recently I had been using Bearshare and Gnotella, the Gnutella clients. Effective as they where, they weren’t as effective as Napster, for a number of reasons – mainly because it was difficult to see what the bitrate and length of the song was, therefore it was difficult to guess if the file was the complete version or not, and I downloaded quite a few songs with the endings chopped off (not terrible, but missing out the last few seconds can be really irritating to an obsessive like myself). After a brief romance with Audiogalaxy (the actual client works fine, but the searching for a song on the site is so slow), I think we can come up with the conclusive successor to Napster – WinMX. After a small 1.6MB download, and an equally brief and simple installation, you are greeted with a similar Napster-type interface, where you select a username and password (I don’t know what mine is – the program remembers it for you, and if you forget, its just a case of getting yourself a new one). Like Napster, you are prompted for the folder in which you to save your files in, and which folders (if any) you want to share. It isn’t compulsory to share files, but this is file sharing, so come on folks. These can all be changed when the program is up and running, so if you make a mistake, it’s easily rectified later. When starting the program from scratch, it boots up noticeable faster than Napster, and also connects to the server a lot faster. The first time you run the program, it will download a series of servers to connect to, and this only takes a few seconds. WinMX can connect to multiple servers in theory, but usually only one or two are needed. The main server it connects to in the WinMX Peer Networking Protocol – this is a decentralised server that in theory cannot be shut down, as it is in a different place each time you connect to it. Th
is is a high capacity server and can accommodate many thousands of users online at once. It also connects to the central Napster server, and has the ability to connect to the OpenNap servers (the same ones you’ll see on Napigator), but these are low volume servers, and you’ll probably find these to be constantly full. The servers are accessible by a tab in the top bar of the program, it automatically connects to the WinMX server when you load the program, connecting to the rest of the servers is optional. I connect to the Napster server as well, but attempting the OpenNap ones tends to be pretty fruitless. The search screen will be pretty familiar to anyone who has used Napster (that’ll be a lot of you then!). Enter the band and song, and click search, and it will return any results it finds, as well as the file size of the song, length of song, bitrate of song, and speed of connection the other user has. If you are connected to the Napster server you’ll notice that anything that is blocked using the Napster client is also blocked using WinMX. However, the WinMX server seems to be pretty good – there are a lot more users connected than I thought I would find. In fact, I was able to find a lot more obscure stuff using WinMX than I’d ever been able to find on Napster. Being able to see the bitrate and length of songs is also a godsend. It makes it easy to see if you are downloading the complete version of if it’s missing a few seconds. It also makes it much easier to see what speed the other user is using, as with Napster, I tend to download off a fast a connection as I can, as it makes my download faster. Clicking on the tab at the top of the connection column will sort the results in order of connection speed. WinMX has two distinct advantages over Napster with regards to searching – firstly it can return more than 100 results – it will simply go on searching until it finds no more o
r you tell it to stop. Secondly, it also displays the other users status, i.e. if the file is available – in Napster there was no indication of this, and your file was simply placed into a queue, with WinMX you can see if this will be the case, and download a more readily available file. WinMX makes use of the same type of filters as Napster; you can limit your results to greater, less than, or equal to a certain connection speed, and the same way with bitrate. It’s at this stage I should point out that WinMX is not simply for MP3 files; you can download all types of files with it, such as movies or pictures. A quick search revealed plenty of movies available, including current cinema releases, but unless you have a broadband connection, these are going to be pretty useless, weighing in at around 500MB each, with each movie comprising of two such files. You should be careful about downloading files though, and scan everything, especially the likes of Microsoft Office documents, zip files and application files, just in case they would have something nasty in them. So then, you’ve found the file you want, how do you get a hold of it? Exactly the same way as Napster, double click the file and away you go, it moves to the download screen. The download screen is more or less the same as Napster, displaying the amount of file downloaded, the speed it is currently downloading at, the estimated time to finish and a progress bar. You can watch the progress as a graph if you want, the amount downloaded each second displayed as a bar, and so you can compare the download speed over time. Again, anyone who has used Napster is going to feel at home, but there are a few extra features. There is a folder button, which will open up the folder you download into if you select it. There are the standard buttons to cancel transfers, and clear any completed ones, as well as the button where you can alter the maximum number of downloads or uploads you
can make at any time. There are a few extra functions to make WinMX light years ahead of Napster – first of all the bandwidth tab – a button where you can alter the amount of your bandwidth you make available to downloads from your system, useful if you have plenty of MP3s people are trying to download, and it’s slowing your connection down, just decrease the amount of bandwidth you allow them, and your connection should speed up again. The second, and perhaps most useful is the resume feature. Click this button, and it displays a list of any connections that where not finished, for whatever reason, and gives you the option to begin them again. It isn’t a perfect feature; it isn’t the same as Audiogalaxy, where it will resume from an identical file, as with WinMX, the original user you downloaded from must also be available and the file still present. Provided they aren’t busy, selecting this will kick start the download again, I’ve tried it a few times and it seems to work perfectly, nice for downloading bigger files, especially if you are downloading a large application. Overall, the speeds of downloads are also impressive. Obviously it depends on the user you download from, but when downloading form a fast connection, I have noticed a marked improvement on what I achieved with Napster – up from 4.6K/s with Napster to almost 5K/s with WinMX. The server can occasionally have slow spells, but Napster was affected by that problem at times as well. One thing WinMX lacks is an internal player for MP3 files, but that doesn’t matter, as it will automatically start your default player if you want to play your MP3 anyway. As I never used the internal player in Napster anyway it isn’t a great loss to me, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s also great to be able to listen to the MP3 as it downloads, to check the quality, rather than having to wait for it to finish like in Bears
hare or Audiogalaxy. Like Napster, WinMX has a chat tab at the top, and pressing it allows you to enter the chatroom. I didn’t use it in Napster, and I haven’t used it here, but it’s useful if you want to find someone to talk to while you’re downloading. You can also private message anyone using the service while you’re connected. WinMX has a hotlist as well, but it is the one feature where it lets Napster beat it. WinMX can only assign users to your hotlist on a temporary basis, when you exit the program your hotlist is cleared. It seems a bit pointless to have this feature if you can’t save the list, but you can browse the available files from that user via this feature. Just a few more features to mention – like Napster, you have a shared files tab, which displays the contents of any folders on your hard drive you, have chosen to share. The other tabs are the help feature, which takes you to the help section of the web site, which is comprehensive and easy to follow, although the program is also simple and hopefully you shouldn’t need this. The final tab is the settings tab, where you can change user, the appearance of the program and alter the username and password. Unless you make a major mess when installing the program, you shouldn’t ever have to use the section. If you can’t tell from my opinion already, I love this program. Easy to use and install, it’s just like Napster before it had all it’s trouble, and even better beside. It has the ability to share more than just MP3s, and with a decentralised server, hopefully it should escape any legal action in the near future. If I had found out about this before now, I would have stopped using Napster a long time ago. If you ever used Napster, and found it useful, you’re going to love this. With the exodus from Napster increasing, I think this could really take off as it is so similar, and the more
people that use it, then the more files will be available to the whole network, so everyone will be happy! NEW UPDATE NOW OUT
Her comes the new revolution of napster. Win MX is an addition to the napster network and actually uses Napster protocols to allow its users to share files. Unlike Napster however Win MX is totally free. Why? Some people have suggested that it is because the correct authorities have not heard/found the producers and therefore have been unable to stop the distribution of it. This is rubbish. You just have to look at the amount of reviews this thing has had to know that it is now universally known of. Others suggest that it is because the titles of the songs are not the correct. This would mean the copyright would not be a factor. However after downloading lots and I mean lots of songs I know that the majority have the correct titles. I am pretty sure that the reason is because file sharing is not illegal. I mean files are downloaded all over the internet without prices being put on them. Win MX does not do anything but allow users to share files. Win MX does not supply or receive files which is the main problem that concerned Napster. The authorities only become involved when the files shared are used to make illegal copies or are distributed without copyright clearance. Concentrating on the brilliance of Win MX is a different matter entitirely. Leaving the dispute of whether it is legal or not you find, in Win MX, a superb user interface. The menus are all easy to navigate and the colours used on the program make Win MX look like it has just come out of the 31st Century. The amount of users is outstanding. Win MX is still building on the amount of the users it has and each user brings its own collection of files to share with the community. For all of you music addicts and Napster lovers, this is the answer to all of your file sharing needs. Not only does it support MP3 files but also video files and all other files including exe's and Jpeg's. My life(and computer) has been changed from an e
mpty world into a world full of life and energy thanks to Win MX. When will yours do the same?
Napster is dead, file sharing isn't. In fact, since the demise of Napster(well it's dead as far as I am concerned) file sharing has just increased in volume rather than it being stamped out as the music industry had hoped. Now, you have access not only to MP3s, but software programs, images, documents and even complete movies if you have the time and patience to download 400MB+ files on a 56k modem! Of course if you have a high speed internet connection then you're well away. A number of programs which allow this kind of sharing have sprung up or increased in popularity since Napster effectively bit the dust. The likes of Morpheus, Kazaa, eDonkey, Gnotella, Bearshare, iMesh, Filetopia, Limewire...and so on, the list is seemingly endless and ever-growing, have all arisen hoping to take the crown of the best new filesharing program out there. A few months ago I would have said Morpheus had the crown but since KaZaA pulled the rug out from under it in an extremely aggressive shut-out from their filesharing network it's moved onto a new network, changed interface and frankly sucks. WinMX is, I believe, the best option out there at the moment. One of the things you should look out for when choosing a file-sharing program is the security features. You have to remember that you are effectively opeing up your hard disk to investigation by other members on the same network as you so you don't want some hacker being able to take a walk around your system! Most seem to ave this covered, there was a report about Morpheus being wide open to attack but this has been officially denied, the source was iffy and no one has substantiated it - seems to be bunkum. The security issues you actually have to worry about come bundled with the software itself! Forget hackers and think "spyware", "hijackware", "thiefware", "foistware" etc. instead. Huh? Yes I know, meaningless bunch of technobabble to most people but
what this basically means is that age old saying is as true with the internet as it is anywhere else: "There is no such thing as a free lunch" Sure, the software itself is free, the files you download are free too but no software company is going to go to all the trouble and expense of creating, marketing and maintaining a software program like KaZaA or Morpheus etc. without there being something in it all for them now are they? What a lot of these companies do is attach a bundle of additional components to their own software provided by other companies for a fee. Foistware is annoying, programs like Gator which request installation after you download the program you wanted - a simple cancel makes them go away. Spyware, hijackware etc. is more than annoying, it can actually be dangerous and it installs silently and sits in the background invisibly whilst you are connected online, tracking your surfing habits and sending back this information back to the company which owns it. The worst examples of this kind of thing track keystrokes or leach data from online form filling (VX2.dll being an example), providing password information and credit card details amongst other things which are sent back to a server somewhere for collection and use for who the hell knows what purpose. If you have installed any free software then the chances are your privacy is being invaded by one of these companies, hopefully one of the less malicious ones. Its not just filesharing, but a lot of free software downloads contain it. Fortunately most of it is easy to remove, simply go to: http://www.lavasoftusa.com and download their free(yes this time it really is free!) piece of software called Ad-Aware, do a simple scan(it's idiot proof believe me) and it'll highlight the spyware and offer to remove it. Be warned though that some of these companies do not want you removing their spyware and if you use a product like Gator, t
hen y ou'll notice it cease to function after the spyware has been removed. Best to kill the spyware and change to a spyware free productif you ask me, but its your choice(in the case of Gator, Roboform does the same job without spying on you by the way). Oh, and if you think "oh they're reputable company, everyone uses them so they must be OK", then think again. Audiogalaxy is one of the biggest MP3 sharing programs around, yet came bundled with a piece of spyware which they decided not to check out(their excuse was the companies do not make the code available to them - hah!). Turns out it recorded credit card details and sent them to an anonymous email address and also that the company address give to audiogalaxy was bogus...over a month's worth of downloads came with this decidedly dodgy piece of software attached and installed without consent to people's systems. Doh! All of which rambling leads me onto this product... There are very few(presently) file sharing programs which come to you completely devoid of spyware and its bretheren WinMX is one, XoloX is another - Morpheus is NO LONGER a good guy in this respect, don't be fooled by their claims. Fortunately, they are two of the better filesharing programs as well although XoloX is new and seems to have few fils on offer. WinMX is more established and DOES have plenty of files on offer on it's own network as well as allowing you to connect up to certain other servers to increase the number of files you can use...but I wouldn't say it was a program for newbies. The first thing which strikes you about WinMX when you install it and run the software is that its hardly the most user friendly piece of software. In fact, my first impression was basically "oh sh*t" when faced with its initially incredibly daunting interface. On access you get an initial servers screen which lets you know if it's connecting. There are various options to f
iddle with but basically you'll just want to let it do it's 'ting' which is to connect to one! WinMX connects to the OpenNap network and all you really need to know is "not connected.." bad, "connecting..." good "connected too..." ready to go. It gets me by anyway. If you are a little more techie minded thean me then you'll have a field day with this software because its packed full of options and tweaks... ...which is its biggest problem. WinMX suffers from having far too many options and not enough documentation to enable an average user to be able to use it. If you are a computer dunce then forget it, you'll be lost here. If you are an average user then you'll 'get by' like I do, but you'll never understand all the features and always feel somewhat alienated by the program. For an advanced user though it just perfect. You can twiddle and tweak away until your heart's content with all the multitude of options here. The interface is though rather horrible. It is as if the designers had a bazillion ideas, and just threw them together. Its incredibly cluttered and unorganised, but its not that navigation is difficult. There are tabs neatly arranged and labelled along the top of the screen which themselves draw up more menus, and inside those a billion options. But it is as if they didn't know where to put things so they just threw loads of miscellaneous option into various unintuitive categories. This is the single most off-putting thing about this program... ...but then, as an average user of it, you probably won't want to go dabbling around with all the scary stuff anyway! Get past the initial shocking interface of this program(its actually excellent, offering a fully customizable experience which no other offers) and you are onto the stuff which sorts the wheat from the chaff : Searching Availabillity of Files Download speeds
These are the main things which I look for in a file-sharing program. No point having it if you can never find the files you want, or they download sooooo slowly that you might get them by next Christmas or if the search engine is so iffy that its a pain in he butt to use! Fortunately, WinMX excels in all three of these areas. ~Searching~ Continuining with its theme of being fully customisable(or horrendously cluttered depending on your viewpoint) the search facility here offers a huge number of search options to get you exactly what you want. You can search by a title/artist, select which server you want to search on(or all), select you file type - video, picture, audio other than MP3, MP3 and a vast selection of bitrates - or just all MP3s, or just all files, and specify the minimum speed of user to download from so you can get a lightning fast T3 download instead of a snailpace 14.4k modem. Results are shown in a large results window detailing a bunch of info. about the file such as its name, size, username, speed(cable, 1 etc.) and whether its available. You can ping these results to give even more information about which to donwload from as well. Results are returned quickly and a simple doubleclick on the filename will start the download. WinMX is NOW multi-source where as it used to only allow you to connect to one other user at a time. Multi-source filesharing means you can connect to more than one user at a time and download the file from several sources at once. For users with high-speed connections this means that you can get lightning fast speeds, for those on dial-up it means if one goes offline it does't mean that your download is over, but that you have the others to fall back on. Great for both parties and solves the old problem of queueing which killed this program for many. ~Availability of Files~ There are masses of files available here, nothing has yet to reach the standard of Napster
for MP3s and neithe r does this, but there are still many, many files to be found on here - I've never had a problem finding what I wanted. Even found the Ying Tong Song last night because I wanted to hear it following dear old Spike Milligan's death. :o( A gripe about this program though would not be actually finding the files but getting them to download. Sure, its just a simple click of the mouse but then theres...the QUEUE. Many of the more popular files will find you dumped in a queue to receive them. Sometimes a couple of minutes, sometime infinitely long queues. Queues can be of 80+ people and if you have a slow connection like mine you tend to find yourself moving down that queue rather than up! I also find myself disconnected a few times but I'm sure that has more to do with people not wanting to share with a 56k modem than WinMX being problematic. This problem is NOWHERE near as bad as it once was thanks to WinMX switching to multi-source downloading, but queues are always a pain and I do think this is slightly worse for queueing than the other major players out there. It does however support a resume feature on files, so no matter how many times the link is broken you can carry on downloading the same file from a different source. This is essential for file sharing, but still some programs like Bearshare do not feature it! ~Download Speeds~ In my experience these are excellent, by far the best I have found in filesharing programs anywhere. I have AOL(still) and download speeds are never exactly wonderful. Usually I get around 3-4kbs on general downloads online sometimes less, very rarely more. Morpheus says it downloads from several sources at once to speed up downloads as does WinMX now, but I can't say I've ever noticed a difference, download speeds there used to be 3.5 - 4kbs, whilst now they are awful. WinMX is giving me at the time of writing this op. a speed which is varying from around 4 - 5kbs wh
ich is excellent for my s ystem, and others claim too that the download speeds are good, and can be improved on faster connections(with some more of that scary looking technical tweaking). At one stage or another(however briefly) I have used all the bigger file-sharing programs out there and this is certainly the fastest I have come across. ~Other Bits and Pieces~ To talk about all the features of this program would be impossible. Like I said, it's as if someone had an enormous brainstorm and tossed every single idea they could think of incorporating into one program and the result is WinMX. Other features to mention in passing would be the obligatory chat function which lets you converse in real time with other online members - to set up file swaps, etc. or just plain out chat. Sharing your own files is as simple as browing a directory tree and adding a tick next to the folder(s) you wish to share from, being VERY careful not to share a tree branch, with all its folders of course! You can also specify what type of files to share, so if you just want to share MP3s then thats all that will be displayed no matter which folder you select. There is also a "hotlist" to add friends to (although it's temporary so quite useless really!)... Erm, one thing I haven't yet got to grips with is the connection to other servers than the main WinMX owned ones. None of them seem to connect! Whether that's because I have an old server list, my connection is deemed too slow or it's feature of the new software which is yet to be made fully functional I don't know, but it used to work with the old software and now it doesn't for me. Probably just inept user error of course..;o) ~Omissions~ Its amazing when you consider everything that this program does have to then talk about what it doesn't. As an ex-Morpheus user the first thing you'll notice missing is a 'player' of some kind to play
back all those files you have downloaded. This doesn't come bundled with the software so you'll need to have Windows Media Player or something similar on your system(and open) to be able to see or hear what you have downloaded. Another omission would be documentation! The old documentation before the software was re-released with more featues was weak, but months later the new one STILL has no online documentation as to it's features and how to use them!! When you consider it's not the most user-friendly piece of software I'd say this was quite a major omission myself and very poor to take so long to put documentation of any kind online! ~Overall~ Overall, it's a damn fine piece of software but very cluttered and disorganised and it'll scare the pants off any newbie user because of that fact. If you can stick with it then its worth the effort and now that Morpheus has begun to suck more than a toothless grandma served with corn-on-the-cob and KaZaA still insists on bundling the very WORST spyware on the net it's download then it's the only viable choice. WinMX is vastly superior in terms of functionality to these two anyway but the two gripes are rather large ones. Other than the queueing and the clutter it's perfect! Definitely recommended anyway.
When Napster disappeared earlier this year because of the greedy record companies filing multiple lawsuits claiming they breached copyright laws, well then i had no program to share and download music. I searched around for a while looking mainly on downloads.com, I tried like every file sharing program and none of them came up with the napster clone i have dreamed of. Audiogalaxy came close but that has lots of server problems and i can never connect at the times i want. So i went in search of another program...then i came across this, WinMX! Actually a friend told me about this, he said it was the new napster but i didnt believe him, until one night when audiogalaxy just didnt work so i went and downloaded this. Downloading And Setup - - - - - - - - - - - Firstly, You will need to go to http://www.winmx.com and then go to the download page, a list of servers will then appear. Choose the server nearest to the location in which you live because that will download in a quicker time. The file is around 2mb in size so it should take around 10 minutes to download on a standard internet connection. When downloaded, You will need to run setup and that is a quick easy installation which will ask you for the download directory. Once installed you are ready to go. Using WinMX - - - - - - When you start up winMX it will open the server page, It has one server and when you connect to that by right clicking on it you are ready to search for songs.(You can Add More Servers to this). Go to the search tab and then type in the name of the file you want, please note that you can share movies and images etc. This is just not a mp3 sharing program. You can filter down the results you get back by choosing the right bitrate and quality. When you search it will take around a minute to bring back your results. Ive found that on one server winMX has around 1 million files, if you add more which i have done, i have got around 7 milli
on files which is may more than napster. Once the results are back, double click on the file and it will start downloading. You can play the file while its downloading but it will only play what you have downloaded. Features - - - - - - Chat Feature - Hotlist feature - Options Configurator - Ability to add hundreds more servers Adding Servers - - - - - - - For adding servers you will have to download a file from the winmx site. Its kind of complicated, you have to download the zip file which takes about a second and then you will need to rename a file in your winmx folder and then extract the new file into it. Then next time you will have 50 more servers, but please note that depending on what time of day it is they might all be full. Conclusion - - - - - I recommend that anyone going into the file sharing world should download winmx as the main servers always connects unlike audiogalaxy and it has way more files than musiccity and kazaa. The only problem is that winmx does not have built in media player, but why should that put you off!
Which sums up WinMX entirely. I have been a user of Napster (as you can see by an older opinion of mine) for a long time, but when file transferring stopped, I needed something to fill that empty void. For a while I did without, yes, I did try Audiogalaxy, but it's web page/satellite interface I could never get on with. A friend then told me about WinMX. I went to the website for WinMX (http://www.winmx.com) and downloaded it, having high hopes for the program. Smaller than Napster to download, and easy to install, I ran the application. It resembled Napster a bit, and certainly did the same job. I could now start getting my MP3s again, with a nice ping feature too (worthless mostly now people have firewalls, but never mind) to get the best download speed, true peer to peer style. But what's this? I can choose to search for other files too? Yes - That's right, not only MP3s, but you can share just about any file on your computer, if that's what you choose to do. Of course, it gives a warning about viruses if you attempt to get files other than MP3s from others - but most files should be fine - but as usual, watch out for executables and the like. Anyway, the feature that I have used most (and will most likely be used most, due to the best amount of people sharing them) is MP3 downloading. It is good. Downloading files from Napster sucked if you got disconnected or the user went offline. Not so with WinMX. You can continue files from the same user, or even from another user, given the file size is the same. This is a very handy feature which allows you to finish off those tantalisingly close 90 or so percent completed songs - Didn't you just hate it when you had those, in the time of Napster? Also, it's free, gives customisable interface in the form of changing the text colours for different connections, bit rates etc. Also you can bandwidth throttle (i.e slow down) people downloading files from you, lea
ving your bandwidth more free for yourself (selfish, but handy). It all adds up to the best thing since Napster. Hell, it might have been around before Napster, but nobody noticed then. Now, and for the short term anyhow, it's your best bet for finding the music you want! Conclusion: Napster, only it's working, and it's better. Lots of users online = bags of music. Fast. Fairly simple interface. Downsides: it's not god - so use common sense with songs that could be incomplete / wrong etc. Maybe a little "old" in it's interface styling - but don't let that detract from what is a great program - and look, Version 3 is on it's way, with a promised revised interface and new features!
I have used Win MX for about a month now and have expanded my music collection t 64 MP3’s. Win MX is a programme just like Napster but it is more “underground” than Napster so there is no limit on the music. Win MX just like Napster is an American programme with most people liking American tracks. This can be a pain when trying to download House/Garage tracks as you may often find that House and Garage as not yet made it big in the America. However if like me you don’t really like this sort of music then you are lucky as there is a lot of space on the programme for so called “Greebo” music. Bands like Korn and SlipKnot have lots of space on the programme. The programme its self is really easy to navigate. The programme automatically connects to the good servers as soon as you log in. You can also choose some other servers to log into but the best one is the one which you start with. Although you are not aloud to download lots of music as long as people don’t find out then I suppose its ok!! ;o)
Pues es asi, un nuevo softaware, similar al napster, y que no cuesta ni un duro. Gracias a este puedes bajarte todo tipo de canciones videos fotos etc... que tu mas quieras Para el que no sepa de que va el sistema, diremos que es una especie de programa que te permite intercambiar los archivos que tienes en tu disco duro, con otros usuarios de internet, y gracias a esto tu podras bajarte los archivos que otros usuarios tengan en su disco duro. Existe muy poco riesgo de virus. Hay mucha gente registrada, y os dire que poniendo a buscar por ejemplo "prince" os pueden aparecer aproximadamente 1500 canciones para bajar. A veces da fallos al intentarlo pero con un poco de paciencia te bajas lo que tu quieras. El tiempo de descarga aproximado de una cancion normalita es de 25 minutos. Todo viene muy bien clasificado y ordenado para una facil busqueda. El programa te va orientando, para que sepas cual puede ser la mejor descarga. Si quieres el programa busca en winmx.com
Ok, now that those boring people have bypassed this opinion (you know, who think that those of us that download mp3s are all that is wrong in this world) let me rave on about WinMX (you mean it's not the latest Windows version, I hear you ask). I, like many others, have marked the passing of the late, great Napster. I became a Nappy (is that what we were called) late 1999 and enjoyed finding loads of my favourite music for my own enjoyment. Yes, it is illegal(ish), however I have actually benefited in a slightly law-abiding sort of way as well. You see, I have a vast collection of vinyl (but enough of my bedroom activities - joke!) and have found very many of them now in poor condition. Especially so of the numerous 12" singles I purchased in the 80s. One of my favourites of that era was Together In Electric Dreams and my 12" single was beyond use it was so badly damaged several years back. Could I ever have a chance of replacing this song? The answer was no, until the likes of Napster came along. Now, WinMX has taken Napster's place. But, it has gone several steps further. The major benefit is that it can resume downloads and from other areas as well. Now I have seen this before with other file-sharing sites, but where WinMX differs is that before it continues from another file it checks to make sure that they both match. The other benefits of these types of sites is that people can remix popular (and non-popular, I suppose) tunes and place on their hard drive for sharing out. My only gripe is that my poor old 56k connection appears to put some people off at times and am frequently disconnected when downloading...but then I can resume, can't I?