Mac P2P Software......

mattpol

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I am about to make the big SWITCH.......I plan on ordering my new PowerBook G4 (Top of the line.....800 MHz, 1 GB Ram, 60 GB HD, etc...) sometime this week. The one thing that I am still a bit unclear about is Peer-to-Peer file sharing software for the Mac. Can you fill me in on what programs I will be able to use to share movies, music, and the like?

thanks a bunch!!

peace out,
matt

ps: i'm already planning to send in my switching story to apple, and maybe someday you'll see me on TV sharing my experience!:D
 

King Cobra

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I know a lot of people here who recommend Hotline, Carracho, or something like that.

But for over six months now I have found Limewire to be a life saver. It's a bit tricky to learn, but if you want ask me what there is to need to know other than the basics, and I will have a short lecture-like post describing how to maneuver around the tricky spots.

BTW, if you plan on downloading music, and you really like a song, I would also get the CD for it. :)
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britboy

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If you search through the mac-help/questions forum, there are some threads dealing with p2p s/w.

Congrats on making it to the bright side :p
 

King Cobra

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Wait a second, I didn't realize you were switching. I would have mentioned that in my previous post...

Way to go on the right move! :)

Let me fill you in on some of the advanced stuff with Limewire...

To get a download going you have to know certain things about the Gnutella network.

(1) To access hosts from the interactive software program called Limewire select "connect on startup" from Preferences, if you have not done so.
(2) You may want to discover the quantity of files and the total network file archive size your network client can access. To find this information out pull down the Statistics pop-up from the Options menu.
(3) When the amount of archive file sizes has entered between 5 and 10 digit numbers, and if the number of accessable files has at least 4 digits in its actual quantity, start a search.
(4) Note that once you get results you will see stars representing the "Quality" column of your search results. The more, the better.
Your most likely successful download(s) will have up to 4 stars; however, this is not always the case. Any result with one star usually represents a busy host. Ignore.
(5) Note that some hosts are firewalls, and are sometimes represented by results that are associated with one, two, or three stars. Since you cannot see the actual host you want to download from before actually downloading, there is a chance that the file may just have a low quality rating and may not be behind a firewall. If you try to download something from behind a firewall, the server may let you through. If not, you may be waiting forever.
(6) The following are firewall hosts:
192.168.xxx.xxx
10.1.xxx.xxx
0.0.xxx.xxx
(7) Note that if you want to avoid downloading from a host, take a look at the quality column and the speed column for that result. If this result and another result have the same number of stars, the same download speed, AND the same color for that speed (color is either green or black), then most likely the two results were uploaded from the same host.
(8) If a download happens to suddenly wait for a reply, you cannot download from that host as easily for a while. However, if you possess the latest edition of the client software Limewire you can find a different host with the EXACT same file title and download from there, leaving off where the original attempted download discontinued.
That was from post 173. Now, from post 176: (If you are still having problems, follow these guidelines)

Sugggestions:
(1) When opening Limewire, do not open any other applications along with it.
(2) Do not just start jumping from menu to menu once Limewire is open.
(3) Once a new version of Limewire comes out, go to CNet to find out their rating and what other people give Limewire from a 1-5.
[If the rating seems acceptable, download the latest version of Limewire.]
(4) On rare occurances, a version of Limewire may actually be recalled (Limewire 1.5). Make sure you have a backup.
(5) The faster computer, the better. Jack up your computer with hefty amounts of RAM. (I have 1024MB and Limewire works mostly fine.)
(6) You may have too much stuff on your computer, such as junk files or other old files, which will conflict with your computer. Try to find any conflicting files, and delete them. (If you use Photoshop 6.0 update to 6.0.1. The update will get rid of a lot of the junk invisible files 6.0 created.)

Finally, if that doesn't work, and Limewire regresses, find another client.
The best of luck with the Titanium and Limewire. :)

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LucasLand

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the best p2p program

Drumbeat is by far the best program out there. It just came out a few weeks ago. This thing connects to all the servers on the planet that serves mp3. Everytime I start it it says that there is approx. 30 million files available for a total of 1 petabyte. That's PETABYTE, not gigabyte or terabyte. Go here and check it out. Up until then i was using limewire which connects to the gnutella network and there is a new one called Neo which connects with Kazaa. Drumbeat will connect to much more than that.

http://drumbeat.info/

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King Cobra

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Regarding Drumbeat...

I am aware of an OS X version in progress, but I have a feeling that it is also going to cost $30. I do not pay for Limewire, although I will admit petabytes does make me faint in happiness...but I would not want to pay for it. Plus, I checked out the reviews by people at CNet with the OS Classic and I was not thrilled. People were complaining about stability and a poor interface.

I would rather stick with what I have been using. Besides, I am basically getting all that I need to find that I could not find on the internet. So I am happy. :)
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LucasLand

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paying is fine by me

Normally I would agree with not paying, but when i have petabytes worth of music and movies at my disposal I'll be glad to pay. Just think about how much you'll be screwing all those record execs who are sitting in their mansions! Don't worry about the artists either, just make sure you buy a ticket the next time your favorite bands come to town.

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King Cobra

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I'll think about Drumbeat...it seems as if it has a LOT of potential, considering that these guys are supporting OS X and the application is not even that old. And petabytes...oh man...I think I am in a trance... :rolleyes: But for now my parents are kind of on a dinero situation. So I will have to stick with Limewire and the lousy gigabytes until a little later.

But I will keep Drumbeat in my mind until I feel ready to switch.
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britboy

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I love how the developers of drumbeat have concentrated on the mac first :p Classic version already available, X version soon, and windows not for a few months. I like it :D