Download Utopia: A 17-Year-Old File-Sharing Program Is Still the Best Place to Find Obscure Music

The lifespan of software is a curious thing. Unless a program is deemed irreplaceable by an industry (like Photoshop), most die out or are succeeded by a better—or cheaper—option a few years later. Even games, outside of retro collectors’ items or unicorn hits (Diablo II), lose steam. After the downfall of Napster, Kazaa, Limewire and the rest of the early file-sharing clients, most people assumed that single source peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy programs—the kind where you download music or other files from exactly one user—died out. But one of them, Soulseek, weathered three of file-sharing’s mass extinctions, and has quietly remained one of the best sources of obscure music. Read More >>

RapidShare Removes Anti-Piracy Speed Restrictions

The race to be the new MegaUpload would appear to be back on, thanks to file-sharing network RapidShare removing the 30k download speed limit it stuck on free users to stop MegaUpload refugees hammering it in the wake of the rival site's shutdown. Read More >>

Rapidshare Want Third Party Linking Websites Shutdown

Speaking at the Technology Policy Institute forum in Aspen, Rapidshare's Chief Legal Officer, Daniel Raimer, called for a crackdown on third party websites that facilitate piracy by linking to infringing content to get around the lack of an internal search function -- basically, he said piracy isn't Rapidshare's fault, blame the linkers. Read More >>

RapidShare Aims Its Guns At Dropbox With Its New RapidDrive

RapidShare, favourite of file sharers everywhere, has decided it wants to go legal and grab a slice of the tasty Dropbox-style pie. It's just unveiled its brand new RapidDrive cloud sync and storage service, which is bound to make finding those personal files even easier. Read More >>

Five Great Alternatives to MegaUpload

The FBI shuttered file-sharing web site MegaUpload yesterday; arrested its executives, and have called the site an "international organised criminal enterprise." Even though there's little doubt that MegaUpload was host to some copyrighted material, it was also a great way to upload and share large files, like photo archives and video, and send them to friends without worrying about hosting, Dropbox quotas, or overloaded inboxes. Now that it's gone however, here are some other great sites that let you share large files effortlessly. Read More >>