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I was introduced to Rapigator by a friend and after trying Napster, which I found was not all that good and also them putting a cost on it, I used Rapigator for my music downloads.
Rapigator is a free download utility that allows users to share music files between them, it is easy to download and use. It has had many upgrades and now it finds all of the mp3’s that I have on my hard drive, which previous versions did not.
The main reason that I use it that you can get a list of servers and you can tell it to sign you up to these servers so you can share files with the members that are on that server, you also get what I call the free servers, these are servers that are already there when it loads, this is useful as then you are going to get a lot of users on those servers and so are going to get a lot of songs to swap.
The interface is self explanatory as it has tabs for search, servers (which is called chat), search results and a nifty feature, it shows you a real time graph of your download and upload bandwidths. A nice feature with the search is that you can tell it how many songs you would like it to get you from each server, so if you have a song that is very popular you could get 1000 from each server you are connected to, it will try to find up to 1000 before moving on, this can lead to long search times. You can set the list to be in order of connection speed, name, ping rate, bitrate so this leads you to be able to download music that is the same bitrate as others.
If you get disconnected from the user that you are downloading from you can tell it to resume and it will try to get that user again or you can tell it to down load from someone else, this only works if the length, bitrate and most of all the name of the song are the same so be careful.
I am currently not using Rapigator anymore as I have moved over to audiogalaxy, but there is some songs that t cannot get me and I know that somebody has them as I tried to get them from Rapigator so I may reinstall it, it defiantly is worth having as its search facility is better than audiogalaxy’s.