Advantages Fast, easy and free. And that's just me!!! Limewire
Disadvantages Remembering the old favourite's names!!
I recently listed my top ten favourite websites, and after searching through Ciao today I see I can write a full review on one of them, so here I am, again. It's a teriffic money saving opportunity to music lovers, as well as ringtone lovers (with datacables and MP3 compatible phones!)
There are several skins built in, and more to easily download. At the basic screen it's rather dull and drab, but functional. With a concertina folder style screen there are tabs at the top, boxes lower down to help you in finding your file whether it an image, video, audio, document or program. For video's you can choose the year, director, stars for example. Similarly with audio you can narrow down the search by album, artist, title, genre etc. Once you have typed in your choice it takes a matter of seconds to find files in excess that you are looking for, all displayed on a large screen. Here you can arrange them at will by quality of the track, likelihood of download, length, speed or size!
*Where do I get it?
www. Limewire. Com (no spaces). Downloading the software is easy, and can be running in the background while you complete other tasks, as long as you don't ignore the prompts, it takes around ten minutes on a small broadband connection (1.1mbs).
Once it arrives and makes itself comfy on your pc it's easily accessible from your desktop and recognisable by the green "slice of lime" button.
*The Search facility.
I had to pop this note in having forgotten about it until I tried to think of a disadvantage for the review. There have been two instances when I haven't remembered the title of a song, let alone the artistes name. (If you have read any of my other reviews you will know already my memory is infamous!) The first was Lasgo - Something. Here it took positively hours of brain storming and I still couldn't think, only of "SGO" which I typed in the search box. Lo and behold, it found my song, I was over the moon!
The second instance was a song for both DH and myself, and we could only sing the lyrics out, but not remembering the chorus! I had people on chat racking their brains, and friends and family through text trying to help. I swore after his brother in law told us the title and artist I wouldn't forget it. You know what? I have, but luckily I have it on Limewire. Little quiz here though. I gave out then information that went like this.
It's a female singer, throaty voice, like a slow rock ballad. Lyrics...
"It was a rainy night when he came into sight
standing by the road, no umberella, no coat
so I pulled alongside and offered him a ride.........
I didn't ask him his name
the lonely boy in the rain.......
He brought the woman outta me
so many times easily
and in the morning when he awoke
all I left him was a note
I told him I am the flower ...."
*Accessing my material.
Once you begin downloading the file will show up in a box at the bottom of the screen. From here you can preview it to check the quality and content. If you don't like what you see or hear, you can kill it. Alternatively if you do like it and it stops downloading, either because you have turned your pc off, or the file holder has scarpered, you can click resume and hopefully find someone else who has it for you to access. Once your download is complete it moves over to the "Library" tab, and here you can listen and watch it, on or offline.
*How does it compete with Kazaa and others?
Unlike many others around, it's file sharing, so the biggest benefit is the price. It costs nothing to download the software, nothing to buy a piece of music, video or picture, but basically it's the same quality. Obviously there are dodgy copies on Limewire as you are accessing what people have on their system, which can be removed easily if you don't like it. I used Kazaa for quite some time until I was told about Limewire, I ended up with Trojan's and Worms galore. Not to say that Kazaa is bad, but my pc was so riddled with virus' it was on penicillin for months!
With the right use Limewire is an invaluable part of our family life. I can select what I want to listen to while I do my Ciao without disturbing DH sleeping upstairs without the need for headphones. Of course when DJ Sammy and "Heaven" is playing I have to disturb him a little!
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