Kazaa Media Desktop is a p2p file sharing application using the FastTrack protocol. Kazaa Media Desktop is the World’s No. 1, free, peer-to-peer file-sharing software application. Features include improved privacy protection, the ability to search for and download music, playlists, software, video files, documents and images, the ability to set up and manage music and video playlists, and the ability to perform multiple simultaneous searches including up to five “Search Mores,” which deliver up to 1,000 results per search term.

The KaZaa Media Desktop is a second-generation peer-to-peer file-sharing service with which you can search and download media files from other KaZaa users. You can also organize and play/view your media files through an integrated media jukebox, publish your own work, reach an audience, and communicate with other KaZaa users. KaZaa supports audio, video, software, games, images, and documents. In version 1.2, users can instant message with other users on KaZaAnet or interconnected networks. This version also features a new player bar and network optimization for better performance.

KaZaa Media Desktop is a filesharing network program that has been downloaded almost three hundred million times, largely by users swapping software and music. If there are children in your home, the chances are good its on your PC. KaZaa by itself might not be so bad (ignoring the easy accessibility to copy written software, music and files) if it weren’t for all of the scum that comes bundled with it. Recent additions to KaZaa including a virus scanner do little more than gloss over this fact. KaZaa offers access to all of these .mp3’s, software and files in return for displaying advertisements and collecting information about your surfing habits, web pages visited and length of time at each site. Registering your version of KaZaa entitles you to all of this – just minus the advertisements. KaZaa is freely distributed by Avalon Online Networks, Sharman Networks and a number of download sites such as C/Net.

Some Kazaa Features Include:

  • Improved Privacy Protection
  • More options to protect your privacy.
  • Search for audio/music, documents, image, playlist, software and video files.
  • Search for premium content.
  • Share your own files.
  • Arrange and organize your files.
  • View/play your audio/music, image, and video files.
  • Setup and manage playlists.
  • Monitor download and upload traffic.

Kazaa Has Spyware and Other Programs which are installed with Kazaa so be warned when installing:

KaZaa delivers contextual advertising to the end user. It is displayed on your PC based on a profile it builds about your surfing habits that is collected and stored on a file on your computer identifiable through your IP address. This means that it collects information from your computer while you browse the internet. This is usually accomplished by a program called CyDoor.

Review by Jared Moya

KaZaA has an average rating 3.0 out of 5 based on 25 user ratings.