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Old Feb 11th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #1
 
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Is it worth purchasing a P2P application?

Hi everyone!

I just have a quick question. I download allot of music (mainly on iTunes) however quite a few of my friends have been telling me that I would save allot of money if I just purchased a P2P application such as LimeWire or Acquisition. What do you think? Is it worth it or should I just stick with iTunes? I was told I can get my downloads with comparable sound quality to that of iTunes.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be helpful!
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Old Feb 11th, 2007, 03:29 PM   #2
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...quite a few of my friends have been telling me that I would save allot of money if I just purchased a P2P application such as LimeWire or Acquisition.
(Excluding your moral compass) at this time, you're legally within your right to download via P2P, but sometimes it's just not worth the hassle. If ever downloading music is ruled illegal (like in the U.S.) you'll have to forfeit your library. With iTunes you get instant gratification, fast downloads, the right cover art, the right song information, properly encoded (although I would prefer 192kbps vs. 128kbps) and it's yours to keep forever.
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Old Feb 11th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #3
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I think paying for a P2P application has a sickening degree of irony. I prefer to use free Aquisition when the need arises (even though it is, bar none, the most annoying "buy me!!!" software ever... ugh).

If I weren't a starving student, I would buy albums or use iTunes.
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Old Feb 11th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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It's not worth it. Most of the P2P networks are so full of virii (for windows hehe), spam and generic crap that finding real content can end up being a challenge these days. As for comparable quality sound wise ... very very it and miss. You might find some good audio if you're really lucky, but there's no way to tell unless you download it all and see for yourself .. and hope that the content really is what it said it was or it was a honeypot someone was using to collect your IP and such

Also, you really don't have to purchase a P2P app to test these waters if you're so inclined, you can try them for free and make your own decision from there.
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I would never counsel people to download music and movies and apps and such, but P2P is NOT the way to go anymore. And there are a lot of legal things to download using torrents.

And there are places like archive.org where movies and music have entered the public domain.
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I'm listening to a hot Dead show I was at in Ann Arbour MI on archive.org as we speak!
I love archive.org! Some of my recordings are up on the archive.
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Solarseek is free, torrents too.

Not saying you should go downloading copyrighted stuff, but don't waste your money buying a P2P app.
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What I did:
Downloaded the free version of limewire. Not really a difference between the two though. I use frostwire currently and its great. Dont pay for p2p service.


Music wise: If I wasnt a student and didnt have a incredibly fast local network for my school to download from I would purchase from iTunes. Like somebody said earlier, its fast, all the information is correct and its legal.

EDIT: Please no notes on how to pirate applications.

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As much as it may upset some. Downloading music is not illegal in this country and existing privacy laws would make it extremely difficult to make any other kind of downloading illegal.
P2P clients are free. Acquisition has a nag if you don't pay. The Windows P2P offerings come with spyware, but ironically the P2P population does not tolerate virii or spyware and I have yet to see any.
Bittorrents are far more reliable as a source of information and Azureus is probably the best. It allows the installation of a plugin called SafePeer which blocks all known IP's that could create problems. It is updated regularly.
P2P actually offers better encoded music, higher sample rates and all the cover art you would ever require. Anyone that tells you different has had marginal experience with the medium.
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Bittorrents are far more reliable as a source of information and Azureus is probably the best. It allows the installation of a plugin called SafePeer which blocks all known IP's that could create problems. It is updated regularly.
P2P actually offers better encoded music, higher sample rates and all the cover art you would ever require. Anyone that tells you different has had marginal experience with the medium.
Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.

SafePeer does nothing to protect you - your IP is still reported to the tracker, and distributed to other peers (including those on the block list). It only stops them from connecting to you, which they don't really need to do.

Also, the majority of P2P sound files are low quality, misnamed, etc. That is not to say that there aren't some good files, just that most aren't worth listening to.
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