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Community Level 6Chris_Padden

Chris_Padden

Good Napster Alternative

AdvantagesEasy to use and install, good selection of free music

DisadvantagesCrashed on me a few times

"With Napster over the hill, losing most of its content due to copywriters, threatening to charge for its use and so on, I was keen to look for another free alternative. Bear Share name occurred a few times, being highly recommended on the web, so why no seeing as it was free what have I got to lose? Bear Share is a Peer-to-Peer network file sharing system, not just for music mp3, but all sorts of other files including movies, pictures and other ..." Read review
13.10.2001

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Community Level 3hugon

hugon

Great Napster Alternative

AdvantagesEasy to use, reliable

DisadvantagesRisk of picking up viruses

"With the people about to lose Napster to a subscription fee, and Napster already blocking access to about a million copyrighted songs, quite rightly, people are looking for an alternative. There are a few on the market - Scour, Audiogalaxy and Gnutella to name a few. In my opinion Bearshare is the best of the lot. With Napster due to stop offering free access in the summer, we can expect to see people leave it in droves and start using other peer ..." Read review
27.04.2001

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Community Level 7wampyrii

wampyrii

For Those Who Can Not Bear Life Without Napster

Advantagessee review

Disadvantagessee review

"Bearshare is yet another of the Napster-esque programs springing up all around the net hopping to cash in on Napster's apparent demise. It is a file sharing program which like Napster allows users from around the globe to share the contents of their hard drive with other like-minded individuals. Unlike Napster however, Bearshare does not just limit you to the sharing of mp3s but rather anything which can be stored upon ones hard disk. This means that ..." Read review
06.07.2001

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Community Level 3pippoodle

pippoodle

The teddy bear who likes to share.

AdvantagesA great way of sharing files online.

DisadvantagesSlows down when simultaneously uploading and downloading .

"Sharing of Mp3’s almost ground to a halt with the suspension of file sharing at Napster.com. Whilst surfing the Internet I stumbled across a similar site called Bearshare (www.bearshare.com). Bearshare version 2.2.6 is a file-sharing program from Free Peers, Inc that incorporates many different features. It also comes with a parental control feature so the kids do not see anything they shouldn’t. You can share MP3, JPEG, GIF, AVI, MOV, MPEG, ASF ..." Read review
20.08.2001

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Community Level 5andyev

andyev

Warning Take care with Bearshare

Advantagesfast, easy to use

Disadvantagesa lot of unsavoury content

"Bearshare is the latest in a line of peer to peer clients that's lining up to take the place of the Napster program, now Napster has been forced by the record companies to block access to over a million copyrighted songs. What is Bearshare? Bearshare is a program that effectively "piggybacks" you on to the Gnutella peer to peer network, allowing you to share chosen files with other Gnutella users over the internet. It works in a similar ..." Read review
21.05.2001

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Community Level 3JudgeIronF...

JudgeIronFist

Bearshare rocks!!!

AdvantagesFast connections and millions of songs available

Disadvantagesnone

"Bearshare is a powerful peer-to-peer file-sharing program. It lets users find, download, share and publish audio and video files. You can even burn music and load them into an empty disc. In Bearshare, there are a lot of registered users, which will then ensure a smooth and fast download of any kind of audio or video files that you want. Files that are rated with five stars are those that have availability. These files can then be downloaded very ..." Read review
20.01.2009

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Community Level 5BananaMan111

BananaMan111

Share and download your files with Bearshare

AdvantagesNice looking web site, good p2p application

DisadvantagesMost file sharing program run on same networks

"Bearshare.com is the web site that is the portal to downloading a copy of Bearshare, which is a program for downloading files from other users of the program. It is great for downloading audio, image, media, programs and documents and with the vast amount of people using the network files are easily available. My Experience with bearshare.com **************************************** I very often visit download.com looking for the latest and ..." Read review
02.08.2005

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Community Level 3sailormn

sailormn

Bearshare - A great tool for sharing files

AdvantagesLots of peer hosts, useful client application

DisadvantagesEnglish-speaking community

"...you need to go to bearshare.com and download the software. The software is easy to use. You can search for files using their extensions (for example "song.mp3", "picture.jpeg") or by author names, singer names etc... A list of matching results will be shown while the search is still going on...the best thing abt bearshare software is that you can choose which returned host to use based on its QoS (Quality of Service). You can choose to see the ..." Read review
19.08.2001

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Community Level 1DuncF

DuncF

Bearshare kicks ass

AdvantagesEasy to use; easy to resume downloads.

DisadvantagesNot enough UK sites e.g. for the latest dance music.

"If you want MP3 files for free bearshare is the software you need. It is available free at www.bearshare.com This program gives you access to the Gnutella peer to peer network. Using this network the program searches host computers for any filename or string of characters you enter. Once you have located the file you want you can download it. The network relies on people sharing the files on their systems and this can lead to a few problems. First ..." Read review
18.09.2001

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Community Level 515091983

15091983

Whats after Napster......

AdvantagesAllows you to re-connect before you lose your download

DisadvantagesNot really user friendly.

"Well I've been very worried about the sure closure of Napster as I love Napster and was worried about what I will do when it does close down. I set myself the task of trying to find the next best thing to Napster. I then stumbled upon Bearshare as it was recommended on a site so I thought I'd try it out. I must say, compared to Napster, Bearshare isn't very good as it looks dull and boring and isn’t as user friendly, I’m afraid ..." Read review
12.05.2001

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Community Level 5kleft

kleft

so so

Advantagesgood features-can resume broken downloads

Disadvantagesslow/cut-off constantly

"I came across bearshare while trying to locate other alternatives for napster. I downloaded from www.download.cnet.com where there are a number of alternatives listed. The programme is easy to download (1.5mb) and install/setup. It does give a wider choice of download sites and in many cases actually shows which country the user you're downloading from is by showing a flag next to the nickname. The various features are quite helpful bu i found ..." Read review
03.05.2001

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Community Level 4fna2007

fna2007

Dependent on you to use

AdvantagesResume broken downloads saves time

DisadvantagesWorms,Viruses

"Bearshare Bearshare is another peer to peer client program from Napster which allows users to share files with each other.Napster the company it self is taking a lot of heat by music companies all over the world for illegal copyrighted songs. What is Bearshare and what does it benefit you? Bearshare connects you to the Gnutella peer to peer network,which leads to users all over the world sharing files.Napster has removed their responsibiliy ..." Read review
16.12.2007

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Community Level 1dE_logics

Quick review of bearshare.com

"I see it more as an limewire alternative, if not better. Its faster, contains more verity of content, and has audio files of higher quality. The client is too better than limewire where the number of searches at a time are limited. Its navigation is too better The only downside (that too in the client) is that you cant review you downloads while the the files are being downloaded (since the incomplete files fail to play in media players) on the other hand Limewire has a dedicated player. Another major problem is that, you might encounter lots of viruses, i even found one in an audio file.
26.08.2008

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Community Level 1krout

Quick review of bearshare.com

"DO NOT USE BEARSHARE AS I BOUGHT A BRAND NEW PC ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO USED BEARSHARE FOR TWO DAYS AND IT GAVE MY PC 200 VIRESES WHICH MEANT IT JUST FROZE I TRYED GETTING IT REPAIRED BY THE SHOP AND THEY SAID SOME1 FROM BEARSHARE WAS HACKING MY COMPUTOR AND AND WRECKED IT. I DIDENT %25100 BELIVE THIS UNTIL MY GIRLFRIEND USED IT ON HER LAPTOP AND EXACTLY THE SAME HAPPEND SO BEWARE OF BEARSHARE IF YOU WANT YOUR PC TO WORK PROPERLY.
04.08.2008

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Community Level 1deano_eff_...

deano_eff_2k6

Bearshare free - dodgy and useful

AdvantagesYou can download lots of files

DisadvantagesThere is a risk of getting viruses, Junk. There is adware!

"Bearshare is a Peer - 2 - Peer, file sharing program which allows you to connect to the gnutella network. The program is good for downloading music, pictures, videos and programs. The design of the program looks very good but the bundled software can be very annoying. The program does come in several different languages. Bearshare only works on windows too. The speed of downloading files is quite fast but you do have the risk of downloading junk and ..." Read review
15.08.2006

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