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Up and Coming - iMesh
Posted by netwebly 11.15.2000

If and when the RIAA finally succeeds in shutting down Napster, iMesh is likely to be among the beneficiaries.
Created by programmers in Israel, iMesh is straight out of the mold established by Napster and Gnutella, allowing users to search for a wide variety of file types using a familiar Napsteresque interface.

Growing Popularity

Of course, file sharing applications are only as powerful as their user base.
For the time being, the program's relatively low number of users (around a million compared to Napster's 35 million) mean you may not be able to find the files you are looking for as easily as you would like.

On the other hand, there seem to be some differences between the iMesh community and the people who have gathered around Napster. If you can't find something on Napster - it may pay to look here - especially if what you're looking for comes from Europe.

Legal Status
One point worth noting - legal experts suggest that in the long run the company's location may give it an edge in fighting off possible lawsuits by the American Recording Industry. The Israeli court system has a long track record of protecting its citizens best interests, despite the otherwise close relationship between the United States and Israel.

One nice feature, a plug-in for WinAmp the company has dubbed MeshAmp, allows users to search iMesh directly from the popular MP3 player.

Available only for Windows. Mac and Linux versions in the works.

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