nifty little file sharing program has a number of superslick features
that are attracting a growing number of fans and generating something
resembling a cult following around the Net.
feature that has the most people talking: a delayed search function
that stores your queries until the file you're looking for becomes
available. This means that finding the stuff you're looking for
on AudioGalaxy can be considerably more efficient than running
the same searches on Napster or Gnutella.
you're too chicken to brave the explosion of pornography, viruses,
and maurading hacker youths with system penetration on their minds
to be found on the Gnutella Gnetwork, AudioGalaxy may be a dream
meets Napster - Aimster
Take two of the hottest killer apps to ever
hit the Net, figure out a way to somehow meld them, and you have
the recipie for a serious hit on your hands.
By combining the ideas behind Napster and instant messaging, Aimster
- led by the
intriguingly named Johnny Deep
- has come up with a very cool idea, one that analysts think may
survive the current file sharing crisis and eventually do quite
Following a three-month suspension of service, the company has
relaunched with expanded coverage allowing users of AOL Instant
Messanger, Yahoo Chat and MSN to share MP3s.
Ian Clarke was a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh
in Scotland when he began writing code for FreeNet.
The project he imagined, an autonomous and independent network
specifically designed to resist attempts at censorship and corporate
control, is as much a political statement as it is a piece of
Most people, however, will want to stick with a more user-friendly
application until FreeNet gets it's act together, assuming it
Clarke has since announced the formation of a new company - Uprizer
- based in Santa Monica, California. The idea: develop a commercial
version of FreeNet - something that on the surface sounds a bit
like a contradiction in terms.
The company has been tight lipped about details. There have been
hints: A plan to compensate artists has been rumored. There is
also talk of a wireless wrinkle, although that sounds a tad ambitious
to us. No service is available as yet, a promised December launch
date has since come and gone with no sign up an uprizing.
is a technology, not a bandwagon" says Clarke.
Search Using a Plug-In.
A bit of a departure from most other file-sharing
applications, Ohaha isn't a stand alone file sharing program at
all, it is a simple plug-in you can use to turn Internet Explorer
into a file-browsing search engine capable of combing Napster,
Gnutella and other networks where MP3s and other files are traded.
our testing, we found the complete lack of documentation slightly
offputting, to say the least.
pretty clear that without some method of compensating copyright
holders and content providers for free downloads, file sharing
services will continue to find themselves in hot water.
One of the first applications to take a step in this direction,
open-source MojoNation is billed by it's creators, Autonomous
Zone Industries, as a sort of Napster meets EBay.
of the Pack - Songspy
the standards of behemoths like Napster and Gnutella, SongSpy
is not exactly what you'd call wildly popular. A proud notice
on the company's web site informs visitors that the program has
just shattered its own record by having 3,000 people online at
highlight here - a slicker than thou interface.
Fast: Scour Exchange
didn't take long for legal action by the Entertainment Industry
to drive Scour.com out of business. What had been one of the most
popular multimedia swapping services shut down in November. Centerspan
communications picked up the remains at a bargain basement price
and the video fans moved on to Gnutella.
Centerspan recently announced it is looking for people to beta
test a new, label-friendly, *secure* version of the application.
Could be a fun way to kill, or at least temporarily occupy, a
few brain cells.
of Free Music? OpenNap
A lot of people think it's all over for Napster users if the courts
order the file sharing company
to shut down its servers.
wrong. At least, for the short term. It won't be long before somebody
figures out a hack that lets all those millions of copies of the
Napster client connect to OpenNap.
for Dummies? Geniuses?
Saratoga, California based startup is betting that a lot of people
will be moving to Gnutella in the not-so distant future. They
may well be right. If they are, and if the company succeeds in
accomplishing its stated goal of creating a user-friendly gnutella
clone - Newtella may be a name you'll hearing a lot more often.
Backing Down? CuteMx
took all of five seconds after Judge Patel issued her injunction
against Napster for San Antonio based Globalscape, the
company that produces the popular CuteFtp, to wave the
white flag and suspend service.
recently relaunched with a revised service which allows users
to share and download music, video and images. We'll be updating
our review with more information as soon as possible.
The results of our early testing were not encouraging, however.
Napster for the Mac. Similar results, although in some cases users
have been heard complaining about uneven performance. Recently
absorbed by Napster, this client is now available from the official
if anybody under the age of seventy-five had problems finding
porn on the Net. A system that lets you completely avoid porn
- now that would be worth sharing.
we thought they were dead.... Tapster
sharing parody by Spinal Tap, the mythical English rock band made
famous by the brilliant 1983 spoof poking fun at the rock and
roll lifestyle, pretentious rock lyrics and just about everything
else in between.
because the original Spinal Tap soundtrack, which contains such
underground classics as Sex Farm, Listen to the Flower People
and Hell Hole was already widely available on Napster, the band
has made many tracks from the soundtrack available for free download
at the site.
must be some way we can work in an exploding drummer gag here...
interesting combination of form and function, Riffshare, produced
by Santa Barbara-based Widgetlab will let you do a couple of things
and do them fairly well. First and most importantly, you'll be
able to share files and playlists with other RiffShare users on
a local area network
(LAN). You'll also be able
to organize and play your MP3s in a pretty cool integrated juke