RiffShare - share mp3s and more
An 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 jukebox.
you won't be able to download and keep files if you use RiffShare, a drawback
that is not necessarilly as great of a disadvantage as it might sound,
unless you happen to be a dedicated MP3 collector. Instead
you'll be able to stream your music, with other computers on the LAN acting
Expect these ideas to be borrowed by competitors and potentially put to use on the open Net. They are too good and too easily adaptable to ignore.
If you're like us and you live in a heavily networked and gadgetized home - Riffshare may be the option you're looking for. Fun for the whole dotcom family. Recommended.
Pluses: Legally speaking, it would be hard to argue that sharing files with your neighbors in your home or office in this way isn't fair use, although certainly the RIAA would argue just that. This means that for the time being you probably aren't breaking any laws using RiffShare to trade files with your friends and colleagues, unless you're on a really really really big LAN. The playlist swapping feature is also a good idea.
minuses: If you want to grab MP3s off the Net you're going to have to look elsewhere.