(www.napster.com) is a small freeware application
for sharing Mp3s over the Internet that has been recently released. It allows
you to share your collection with everyone else who is logged on to the program.
A good search system allows you to easily rummage through hundreds of thousands
of files in their real-time database.
Downloading and installing the program you setup your computer by answering some
simple questions like where you want to download the mp3s to and what your connection
speed is. After this short semi registration you can start.
on the same premise of Scour.net, Napster
is a quantum leap ahead. Scour.net works by having certain people share their
mp3/media directory and making that into a database for people to sort through.
Scour.net had some inherent problems. First the database could not be updated
quickly as to what people had, if they were online, and such. This resulted in
the fact that most times after going through their crappy search and finding what
you think you want the link would almost never work no matter what the reliability
was. Another major problem was that the search function on the site was awful,
you could never find what you wanted. The final problem was that there were not
too many people sharing the mp3s to begin with.
uses the same principle as Scour.net in the sense that they both have people sharing
mp3s over the Internet. Napster fixed all the problems with Scour.net. The Database
is constantly updated by pings between users, there by eliminating the need for
a complicated database server that would constantly be in need of updates. If
the person is not online they donít show up, you can also see the speed of the
person who you are going to download from. (This means that you T3 people donít
have to download from us poor 33.6 folks, unless we have something that you want.)
search system is far better than Scour.netís for many reasons. It offers more
search options to users such as the traditional such as artist and song name but
also specialized ones such as bit rate and other quality settings (so you donít
end up getting a 11khz version of the song you were looking for).
final solution was to have more mp3s available online. To do this they had everyone
share their Mp3s. this means that as long as there are people online there are
mp3s that are free to get. At any given time there are 450 gigs of mp3s online
for the taking. This fluctuates according to time of day.
are always tons of mp3s available from fast people, most of the time the song
you want appears on a T3 connection. The search engine is easy to use and very
effective. Often not returning any search trash because it does not use keywords,
instead it checks the actual file name. Napster also has a "Hot list"
this allows you to add certain people so you can peruse their mp3 collection and
get what you want.
chat that is included with the software is awful because you cant keep track of
everything because when ever someone logs on or off it updates and basically turns
into a stream of system messages in the IRC style window. My connection is so
slow that I canít get all the mp3s I want at a time. Since the Mp3 are all off
personal computers of mostly college kids, things go offline while you are downloading.
This is only a minor set back because you can almost always get it somewhere else.
program is BETA, very beta. Occasionally has serious problems but nothing that
can crash the operating system. It just gets frustrating when you have a Queue
setup for overnight and it gets screwed up. But I must remind you two things:
this is beta, and this is free.
program definitely kicks ass. This is by far the best and easiest way to get songs
and believe me I have tried everything. Trading is awful cause I hate dealing
with people who screw me over after I send something. FTPs are all ratios or have
only bad stuff (Yanni). WebPages are all just links to porno banner sites. And
search engines just lead to dead links.
program is still very green and will require lots of work but it is still well
worth it to download because just from looking at it there are 600 gigs of shared
mp3s. 3/5 of a terabyte of music at my disposal.