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The world's fastest Gnutella P2P file-sharing application

Limewire is no longer available, due to a court-ordered injunction requiring it to cease all operations. View full description

PROS

  • Search new files
  • Direct connect with a friend
  • Integrated media player
  • Block adult content
  • Filter out content that copyright owners do not want to share
  • Lots of help files

CONS

  • Pop-up window asking you to buy PRO version
  • Torrent download function is a bit hidden

Good
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Limewire is no longer available, due to a court-ordered injunction requiring it to cease all operations.

LimeWire is one of the most popular peer-to-peer file sharing apps out there based on the Gnutella file sharing network.

However, like Vuze before it, LimeWire appears to be encouraging legal downloads with the LimeWire Store. The library is so far a little limited compared to competitor download stores, but we expect this will expand.

Otherwise it's business as usual on LimeWire all via a simple and and clear interface. The latest design makes scanning your search results much easier, and downloading files is totally intuitive. The inbuilt player is still unintrusive and useful for checking audio and video files, but no more.

As mentioned earlier, LimeWire goes out of it's way to check you are aware of the legal implications of illegal filesharing and on installation you have to agree to not infringe copyright, and if you download a file for which LimeWire can't find a license you will be warned and can stop or continue at your own discretion.

The friends function has been much improved. You can sign in with your Gmail, Jabber or LiveJournal accounts, and share files between any of your friends there who are also on LimeWire. This is much easier than tapping out IP addresses, and if enough of your friends use LimeWire, it could become great community sharing tool.

LimeWire searches remain within the Gnutella P2P network, but you can open torrent files with it, and it functions very well as a torrent download client. This is not the most advertised feature of LimeWire, which may a way of keeping legal challenges at bay, but it's a shame that you can't search for torrents within the program.

LimeWire is one of the simplest, most legal and user friendly P2P file sharing applications out there.

Changes

  • Updated interface for smoother navigation
  • Faster BitTorrent downloads
  • Improved performance

— User reviews — about LimeWire

  • meedooy

    by meedooy

    "i love it"

    Best: Lightning fast Simple to use Beautiful default interface Works straight out of the box Free Worst: L... More.

    reviewed on May 12, 2012

  • gee86

    by gee86

    "i love it "

    i love this program i love this program i love this program i love this program i love this program i love this program ... More.

    reviewed on August 22, 2011

  • cancorea

    by cancorea

    "The best video player available. "

    Best: Lightning fast Simple to use Beautiful default interface Works straight out of the box Free Worst: Limited options... More.

    reviewed on April 26, 2011

  • lilwyn

    by lilwyn

    "atrevete joe vera"

    the limewire is the best programm for dowloadn music videos in the net..so i hope it keep dong this for all us . More.

    reviewed on November 9, 2010

  • rsopa@aol.com

    by rsopa@aol.com

    "The New Downside to Limewire"

    I have been a Limewire Pro fan for years. I never had a problem with this software on my macbook pro until recently. W... More.

    reviewed on October 4, 2010

  • ginnybar1

    by ginnybar1

    "LimeWire is new and improved"

    The new site is so much easier to use than before. Downloads are plentiful and filters add a new sense of safety while d... More.

    reviewed on July 29, 2010