Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by evan g, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. evan g macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    I know that Limewire is bad all around, but isn't that just on PC's? They can't give macs viruses, can they? If they do what are some other alternatives to Limewire?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Limewire doesn't give viruses... what you download can have a virus

    Limewire does suck (in my opinion)
    Try Acquisition

    You should always be careful with what you download... Mac or PC

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    Its bad on PC's I use it all the time on my mac, never had a problem...
  4. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    ALL of the current viruses on Limewire are Windows viruses and won't affect macs. A virus will never be in an MP3 file though, so it's pretty hard to get one, unless you download one of those 128 KB Zip files and Unzip and run the virus which is a time consuming and obviously stupid thing to do. Even if you did do all that though the file wouldnt execute because its for Windows.
  5. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Just use torrents, they're much better all around.
  6. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    I second this.

    However, Limewire is good for convenience when you want to just simply find a song. Torrents are good for when regular P2P programs fail (corrupted songs, static, low quality..ect)

    All for uncopyrighted files of course.
  7. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Nah, that's what google is for.

    I found the song I was searching for on my first click from google's results list, the 7th link on the list.

    And youtube usually has every song too.
  8. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I have had no problems using it. Just take the above advice of downloading mp3 files instead of anything else.
  9. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    #9 does pretty much the same thing..only it's much simpler.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If I'm searching for a song, I just use iTunes and search my collection... it's probably there, if it's a song I like! Maybe even several versions of it, by different artists.
  11. Aperture macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2006
  12. ndwgolf macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    Phuket Thailand
  13. RSimonsz macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2008
    The problem I've had with Limewire isn't so much a virus as hard disc failure. I didn't realise this at first, as I had a lot of B-Tree corruption problems. When I finally went to see someone at the genius bar they warned me against Limewire as allegedly it writes to disc in an unconventional way and can corrupt information already on it. I suppose this was partly due to the large file I had downloaded, but I landed up changing my hard disc and stopped using Limewire. No problems since
  14. sargent bannana macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    google has free downloads go to youtube
    thats my youtube page i have a video that shows how to download songs of google for free watch it:) enjoy subscribe rate comment :D

    i prefer itunes alot more though its so hella better (hella better?) i make no sense
  15. aosman macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Definitely go for torrents. Downloading using Limewire is inefficient and insecure.
  16. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Absolutely false. The genius just told you that so you'd download music from their company. They're not going to tell you to use Limewire. Your HD likely failed from something other than Limewire, either a mechanical failure or some spyware downloaded from somewhere else.
  17. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I'd also say the same about torrents.
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you understand how an OS works, you won't allow yourself to be deceived by such nonsense. No program on your computer will ever write to the disk or read from a disk. When a program needs to write to the disk, it gives the information to be written to the OS and the OS handles all input and output and interaction with devices. It is impossible for a program to physically damage a disk, other than just wear it out from overuse, shortening its natural lifespan.
  19. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    Torrents typically are better for getting something in whole as opposed to Acquisition or Limewire when you only need a single file. Also, on torrent sites read the comments, people will usually post when there is something wrong with it - whether it's poor quality or doesn't work.
  20. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I must be missing something, how do you pay for the music you download with Limewire?
  21. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    You don't. That's the inherent problem with Limewire is that they are not a legal distributor of music.
  22. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005

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