• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.



LimeWire - great file sharing application

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Internet File Sharing


The good:

Sharing files between computer users is a great idea. There are zillions of cool files out there on the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, but you'll have to be very careful what you grab and just as careful about what you share in return.


The bad:

For those of you who aren't familiar with the P2P services, you may want to read about it's dangers here.

File Sharers, Beware!


  1. You'd better make sure you have darn good anti-virus and anti-spyware programs if you plan on using any P2P service. The bad guys love P2P file sharing and they know all the tricks to use that can fool you into loading their malware onto your PC.
  2. I recommend that you never let your teen aged or younger children have access to any P2P file sharing programs. They are too easily fooled into viewing adult materials or downloading viruses and trojan horse programs.
  3. If you are sharing files from your PC, make sure you have the right to share them. Also make sure you know exactly what files you have given the application the permission to share. After all, you don't want to share your private data on the internet.


My experiences:

Seriously, I use a file sharing client about once every two years, so I'm not an expert. I used to use a file sharing tool called WinMX but WinMX was nearly destroyed because of a lawsuit by the RIAA. LimeWire was also sued, but somehow they've managed to side step the worst of the cease and desist orders.


LimeWire isn't a huge program and the interface is easy to use. The program works well and my only major complaint is that the search results just don't work very well for me. Those search results have more or less been hijacked by the bad guys on the net. You'll find way too many disguised advertisements and x-rated materials in the most innocent searches.



Quote from the website

* Ease of use - just install, run, and search

  • Ability to search by artist, title, genre, or other metainformation
  • Elegant multiple search tabbed interface
  • "Swarm" downloads from multiple hosts help you get files faster
  • iTunes integration for Mac and Windows users
  • Unique "ultrapeer" technology reduces bandwidth requirements for most users
  • Integrated chat
  • Directly connect to a computer
  • Browse host feature--even works through firewalls
  • Added Bitzi metadata lookup
  • International versions: Now available in many new languages
  • Connects to the network using GWebCache, a distributed connection system
  • Automatic local network searches for lightning-fast downloads
  • Support for MAGNET links that allow you to click on web page links that access Gnutella