10 Alternatives to LimeWire

10 Alternatives to LimeWire

Now that LimeWire is gone for good, I’ve taken the time to compile a list of 10 alternative P2P programs that are available.

With U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood having recently issued an injunction ordering LimeWire to disable the “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality” of the famed file-sharing program many former users have been searching for a viable alternative.

LimeWire still says it plans to to return as a subscription-based “ecosystem” that will give subscribers “complete and instant access to their entire [music] library and catalog across their desktop, devices, and in the cloud,” but it’s likely not to have much appeal for those who used LimeWire to download music, movies, TV shows, etc..

With this in mind I’ve taken the time to compile a list of 10 alternative P2P programs that are available.

1. LimeWire Pirate Edition

The easiest alternative of all. Right after LimeWire was shut down a secret team of developers made some modifications to LimeWire 5.6 beta. They stripped it of all the spyware and adware, activated all of the PRO features, cut its dependency on LimeWire LLC’s servers, and released it back into the wild as LimeWire Pirate edition.

I wrote a great guide on how to use it.

2. BitTorrent

The personal favorite of many a file-sharer, BitTorrent breaks files down into smaller packets so that thousands of people can share the same file simultaneously. This scheme is particularly useful for trading large video files.

With BitTorrent, high demand can actually increase throughput as more bandwidth and additional “seeds” of the file become available to the group. To use bittorrent to download content, you will need both a website where you can find .torrent files and a client to open those torrent files and download what you are looking for.

In contrast to other file-transfer protocols, BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases. BitTorrent can support about a thousand times as many downloads as HTTP.

3. Usenet

Usenet is one of the oldest, and arguably safest, computer network communications still in use, having been first conceived way back in 1979 by a pair of Duke University graduate students to basically post messages as a sort of public bulletin board system.

Users download content from Newsgroups, the better ones of which require a nominal monthly subscription fee.

The benefit is that it offers relatively fast download speeds while simultaneously offering a great degree of safety and security.

4. FrostWire

FrostWire uses both the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols to download content. It’s been around since 2004 and enjoys a loyal following.

FrostWire includes much of the functionality of LimeWire’s free version, as well as a few of LimeWire Pro’s payment based upgrades.

5. MP3 Rocket beta

I include this one because I mentioned it yesterday and it holds promise for a new wave of clients that take advantage of the large volume of content that already exists legally on the web.

MP3Rocket beta is a “time-shifting tool” that so far harnesses the music selection of YouTube to deliver “even faster” MP3 downloads. It has an easy to use user interface that lets you search through existing videos for conversion to an MP3 download.

MP3 Rocket beta offers live on-demand streams for more than 3,000 movies and TV shows, a Live Radio feature offering more than 1,000 live radio stations, and a Game Player providing access to more than 1,000 games.

6. WinMX

Then there is WinMX. Yes, after all these years, there is still an active community of WinMXworld. Typically, users can connect to WinMX via the help of WinMXWorld where patches can be retrieved to get the client and network working again.

7. Tribler

Tribler is, as the developers claim, “designed to keep BitTorrent alive, even when all torrent search engines, indexes and trackers are pulled offline,” and can only be shut down if you “take down the Internet” itself.

Tribler is a bittorrent client so you can open torrent files you find on various torrent sites, or Tribler also includes a built in search so in theory you don’t have to find .torrent files on your own.

8. Shareaza

Shareaza offers connections to the Gnutella2, Gnutella, eDonkey, and BitTorrent networks. It’s easy to use and users should have no trouble quickly figuring out how to search, check our network status, and customize the interface through a healthy choice of skins. Shareaza also has a decent built-in media player for common audio and video formats. Other features include a chat client and the ability to schedule transfers.

9. Ares

Ares is a free open source file sharing program that lets you search and download just about any file shared by other users. With Ares you can also join chat rooms or host your channel and meet new friends.

Latest versions support BitTorrent and lets you preview audio and video files downloads in progress.

10. eMule

eMule is a file-sharing client based on the eDonkey2000 network, but offers more features than the standard eDonkey client. This client also now include a new serverless network based on Kademlia. The client is also open source but under the restrictions of the GPL License. eMule is one of the biggest and most reliable P2P file-sharing clients around the world.

 

79 comments
LackerMan
LackerMan

Limewire still works if you can find a copy...The program Phex works much better for file sharing than limewire did.  Shareaza is awesome too!!  Both Phex and Shareaza are very user friendly and they support file swarming so you can get files faster than you could with limewire.

Curious
Curious

honestly they I heard they shut down limewire becuz of child porn. So most likely they didn't reboot limewire. because that was the only place to find it. at least that's what I heard

keren_sky
keren_sky

Do a review of Tixati please. thanks.

torenojohn7
torenojohn7

LOL What kind of jackass made this list UTORRENT should've been in this LIST No1 !

sexystatikk
sexystatikk

@ glennC:

 

Obvs you know very little, limewire was great for music ONLY. Ive used it for 7 years and never caught a virus. If you are stupid enough to download movies or porn cause your to dumb to know where to find them properly then yes you will get viruses...

I use limewire for single songs, and i use Sceneaccess or torrentleech or pass the popcorn for my movies and full music albums or applications...

sexystatikk
sexystatikk

limewire is not shut down, it never has been. Them week limewire went offline, there was a pirated version running 3 days later, with the exact same interface and preferences...

GlennC
GlennC

Hello Everyone,

well I've used most of these.  Limewire was horrible, no matter what you remember, songs downloaded relatively quickly, but unsure if the file was correct or a virus, lots of viruses on Limewire, I think it was so popular through the younger crowd, not aware of bugs, viruses, and malware in general.  Frostwire, is the same thing, not very good.  Utorrent, good program, but very buggy, it's the little brother of Bittorrent, actually my preferred client, super fast, just an all around great client.  I also have Tribler, it is a great client as well, and besides the security of having it capability aside from needing a centralized server, it offers a lot of privacy protection, you basically are anonymous on Tribler without having to initiate other proxy's.  It's just a little slow for me, but from some of the speeds I've been reading about, it's actually pretty fast, I avg. 400-800 kb/s.  Bittorrent however, I'm getting between 800 kb/s and 1.8 mb/s.  Depends on the file size, bluRays go pretty fast.  Unlike Limewire, Frostwire, and Vuse, which I absolutely hated, it's a cluster F... of a system.  Since using Bittorrent, I can't remember any movie taking more than 1 hour to download, but usually between 10-20 minutes now, and that includes 900 mb - 1.5 gb size files.  I used the Limewire Pirate Edition, it was nice to slap them jerks in the face with it, but I soon uninstalled it.  It is opened up, but it is still untrustworthy, and the search times are horrible now, depending on what your searching.  If you want a good client in my opinion, from one who downloads daily, everything from a song,album, movie, ebook, game, or application, I would suggest Bittorrent or Tribler, Bittorrent is way faster though and not as secure, but they seem to be pretty safe.  A good search client for torrents, which will encompass all the torrent sites, ie Pirate Bay, Extratorrent, etc.. is "TorrentFinder" , just type in what you want, and it will search all the torrent sites at once for you, you just scroll through the results and if you don't like the ones from say Pirate Bay, you use the next tab from say Fenopy, and check those, save lot's of time.  With Bittorrent you can also tell it which files to download and not, and set priority to specific files.  Again, I know I have posted a newspaper here, but I am only offering up some of my experience to you all in case you have never heard of or not heard to much about these other options.  Good Luck.

itunco
itunco

@GlennC  Hi Glenn,U seem very knowledgeable and Im completely unco with i.t, my daughter got me a mp3 player for xmas and I simply don't know what to do about putting music on it :( Do u know of the simplest music getter thing I could download? I have windows7.

Siddartha Thota
Siddartha Thota

Thanks for awesome list of Limewire Alternatives. It is one of the best P2P softwares that served millions and it is pretty sad that software no more exists. 

Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel

may 2012,,,i tried 3 times to install Frostwire,,,installs Ok but says FIREWALLED,,,CANNOT CONNECT,,,tried changing PORTS,,,,still no good.. I used Frostwire along time ago,,,really liked it!!..I want it back BOO HOO :-(   Please Help

NLNL
NLNL

I'm using PHEX, it connects to the Gnutella network and if you use the filter correctly there's no other Gnutella program better than PHEX! Gtk-Gnutella is nice too! Both programs are still in development and they are Windows AND Linux friendly ;)

 

PHEX: phex.org

Gtk-Gnutella: gtk-gnutella.sourceforge.net

Slim DotJim
Slim DotJim

Newsgroups and only newsgroups if you live in the US. Do not use torrents at all. File-sharing sites like DepositFiles, Wupload, Hotfile etc are 100x safer than torrents as far as not getting in trouble, unless your a file-sharing company executive. Next you will see more heat on ISP's to cough up info on residential customers who torrent.

dopefisher
dopefisher

why is soulseek not included here?

mt rug
mt rug

after reading all this crap, I have a headache and I still dont know what to use for music?

gb
gb

Just tried to download Limewire pirate edition, redirected from this sites #1 pick and as soon as I started download my security software detected a trojan horse program so I stopped download. Does anybody check this stuff? I've got Frostwire, newest edition and get hardly any good results, gotta find something else

Ilan Ben
Ilan Ben

Mp3 rocket is simply a compilarion of the limewire source code from SourceForge, if you really want a good and faster alternative than Limewire, use iMESH, it's very popular in Europe and has millions of users.. peace

Me
Me

In response to the person called pissed and said why dont people just pay for music...Well you Moron, The only music they have to sell in the shops are all No talent X factor winners or runner ups!!!, The music I listen to Such as Don Amar, Tony Dice so on are not available to buy in ANY shops where i come from. Why are they not available to buy I hear you ask?...its because Dickheads who run the music industry try and tell me that when I want to listen to music or buy a CD it has to be one of the X factor winners or of some no tallent one hit wonder.....And if you opened your tiny small mind up to some thing like that you would be a better person... idiot!!!!!

justhink
justhink

Is it true that when some one give you something is yours and you can do whatever you want even more when you pay for. Download illegal? Is Upload illegal? The answer i think is nooope! They want you to every one pay for something they already charge don't you think? shearing shouldn't be illegal! Shearing is not stealing, most of the times in court rooms those law suits don't work an lees they proof that you download from a none shearing site which is very hard to do. Only because music that is up for sale you cant download with out paying for simply, You can hear but can't transfer or burn so all of this give as a result a big fat business!!!! Hakers keep on going wee need your support!

Dave
Dave

I have used, and still do, Winmx since 2000 as a p2p. But it's not so good these days. I tried a few others and Limerunner came up on top. Amazing up/download speeds. Unlike any other p2p I tried. And it has many useful features and options.

CloCkZ
CloCkZ

The problem in downloading a file using torrents specifically music is that some files such as .mp3, .mp4, .wmv have some malicious content or viruses for some.. i suggest to use "Replay Music"... Although this is quite tiresome, i think this is the safest way to acquire songs...

maaaatchell
maaaatchell

Limewire was so screwed with all the viruses floating in it. (thx china) Only fools who didn't know how to "pirate properly" (first post) and got advice from idiot no brained friends used limewire. I guess you could say limewire was the "hippest" way how to do things.

Blueperal13th
Blueperal13th

When Lime Wire was alive and kicking, everyone used it to their needs and Now that is has gone, Some of them have started twisting their tongues. I have just two words for all of them "Grow Up Guys "

trose
trose

Blubster !!! Been using it for years I never used limewire too many viruses.

Dazzle37
Dazzle37

Fucking to right limewire was a GOD SEND in its own rights I used bitorrent before limewire and limewire was in a different league

Dan
Dan

Jared, I enjoyed reading your article... you've got a great list of Limewire alternatives. But I think one area which you should have explored more (which you definetly touched on with MP3 Rocket Beta) are downloading services who use content already on the web. One example, The Beat Bot (www.beatbot.ca) is similar in that it gives users access to content already on the internet. I have been using The Beat Bot for a few weeks now, and I'm pretty excited about it. I would be interested to hear how you think it compares to the Limewire alternatives you mentioned in your article. Dan

Deborah
Deborah

Bearshare is okay to a point but lies about been free. It does not tell you when you download that it a trail period after that they charge you. Also what music you download as stop working and telling you, you need software to make it work. Which basically you have to join bearshare to get the music to work.

pissed
pissed

why not just pay , you losers!

GT101boy
GT101boy

Hey, get imesh, it's realy good and it's P2P just like limewire

indeterminacy
indeterminacy

This is a great list - but I really am surprised Soulseek hasn't been included. This was and still is a wonderful source of music.

Joebloe
Joebloe

@John....Sorry John, but I do not think "everyone" used limewire! Most have moved on to torrents and still others have learned usenet and used that. Those are much more popular than limewire.

ppp
ppp

The shutdown of LimeWire differs from all other major P2P shutdowns of the last decade. When Napster, Morpheus, WinMX, and eDonkey users discovered their beloved P2P clients suddenly could no longer connect to the network, the message boards were abuzz with talk about hacks and fixes that would get users back online -- without having to switch to another P2P client. But this discussion is strangely missing regarding the LimeWire shutdown. Although I've not kept up with the latest versions of Limewire and how they are configured, the process of defeating the shutdown and getting back online should be basically the same as all previous p2p client shutdowns: * Block/redirect LimeWire from "calling home" and flipping the kill-switch * provide an alternate source of connection nodes The solution for keeping existing LimeWire clients up and running should be that simple - but it seems that no one is even interested.

disinter
disinter

gyro, you are preaching to the choir. I'd STRONGLY urge all foreign governments to grow some nuts and tell america's mafiAA to stay out of their businesses.

gyro
gyro

Here we go again, yet another American influence exerted on humanity. Newsflash seppo's.........your laws are for you, not everyone else........stop with the global enforcement on local decisions crap. Try clamping down on the profiteering corprate mongrels and thier legal hitmen, force them to "re invest the $$$" into the single most effective anti piracy mesure known........REDUCE PRICES.

mRuss
mRuss

The fact that WinMX is still in operation totally blows my mind.

mey
mey

What about dirrect connect dc++

hanna
hanna

Soulseek is is still useful, particularly for obscure tunes.

Alex
Alex

i want limewire back :( bittorrent is good but its too time consuming when your looking for 1 song instead of an album, shareaza is full of fakes, emule and ares are ugly and dont usually have what im looking for, everytime i try and download frostwire it says that it cant install on my computer. What are we to do now :(

Quartz
Quartz

WinMx is still rolling along quite merrily after over 5 years of supposedly being closed down, its not some folks favourite for sure but its one of the few where you can search by bitrate, filetype and other factors.

Bill
Bill

Sooo sad to see it go.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

I use eMule a fair bit too. Then again, I'm not after any mainstream stuff. I'm after all the good stuff (ala underground content) Plenty of stuff on the Kad network for sure and no central servers. :) One Click hosters is also pretty good, but again, I'm after underground stuff. I've had no interest in anything in the mainstream for years mainly because there's nothing worth my bandwidth that I can see in the mainstream. What a shock (not), I've had no trouble in the same time period. Good luck finding me in p2p, you're definitely going to need it.

Aaron Walkhouse
Aaron Walkhouse

It started in June, actually, and was pretty well done a few weeks before they shut it down. LimeWire 5.5.10 and earlier are less susceptible to interference as long as people ignore the voluntary upgrade prompt. Even that can be disabled with a few settings and by firewalling it from LimeWire servers. Given that LimeWire was open source right up to the last day and the changes made were to only a few places I have no doubt that undamaged versions will show up within months. LimeWire LLC covered themselves by doing what they could to comply with that injunction but that doesn't stop anybody else from fixing it and going on to re-enable the last few bits which were left out when they switched to a new GUI in version 5. And despite a troll's contempt for the options listed, FrostWire, Ares, Shareaza and eMule are still alive and well with plenty of users and support. Even the original BearShare is still a high performance way to get onto gnutella. Fanboys who sneer at anything but their own personal favourites are only crippling their own options and looking foolish while doing so. :p

Jason
Jason

What I find notable about this list (and all the others that keep popping up on other similar websites) is none of these services utilize revolutionary technologies. All have already failed to escape liability in court in one variant or another.

Joebloe
Joebloe

Just one question....who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND still used limewire before it was shut down?