Music City (makers of Morpheus) to relaunch Web site as a revenue-generating venue for new artists.
March 14, 2002 5:27 PM   Subscribe

Music City (makers of Morpheus) to relaunch Web site as a revenue-generating venue for new artists. Though this site will allow the user only so many test runs before purchase, the company's file-sharing technology still allows users to transfer other songs and files between each other free of charge.This will be part of the Morpheus upgrade, which is crappy so far.I need a new P2P.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet (17 comments total)
Barney, try WinMX. I've been using it for months and I've had far better luck finding obscure stuff than I did on Morpheus or even Napster. It ain't as pretty as Morpheus, but the results have been better.
posted by jonmc at 5:32 PM on March 14, 2002

Thanks, I was hoping someone could steer me to something better.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 5:37 PM on March 14, 2002

If you encounter someone named "jonmc" followed by a long string of integers with a long, weird playlist-that'll be me, send an IM and I'll bump ya to the head of the queue.
posted by jonmc at 5:53 PM on March 14, 2002

I also prefer WinMX to any of the other programs. It's fast, ad-free and doesn't plant any spyware. Not as user-friendly, but if you're smart enough to manage metafilter....
posted by Salmonberry at 6:03 PM on March 14, 2002

so is winmx's decentralized p2p network different from the gnutella network?
posted by techgnollogic at 6:04 PM on March 14, 2002

Also give Grokster a try. Same exact interface as the old Morpheus and plenty of people on the network. But please make sure you remove the spy-ware first!!!
posted by fresh-n-minty at 6:07 PM on March 14, 2002

WinMX is basically the OpenNap protocol of Napster (I think). I'd love for someone to write a program that does what WinMX does but with the same loveable interface of Napster.

My main complaint about WinMX is that a lot of users make it so you can't upload from them (either ridiculously low available slots or hacking it so no one can upload from you).
posted by geoff. at 7:17 PM on March 14, 2002

I was going to link to the Clean LImewire project but it's a geocities site and doesn't seem to work. There also seems to be one called Gnucleus for the gnutella network as well.
Something relately new is the circle.I haven't used it much though.
posted by davidgentle at 7:31 PM on March 14, 2002

davidgentle-Gnucleus is great, too. I especially like their automatic upgrades and how they refer to them as "mutations."
posted by jonmc at 7:57 PM on March 14, 2002

There's also Hotline (Windows, Mac), which although it has been abandoned by it's creators, still has a pretty strong community of users beihnd it. More of a glorified FTP interface than anything else, it's probably the best way to find full albums. Servers tend to be themed too, which is a nice way to find out about obscure artists in genres you already like.
Slef-link: I run a server called In The Pines, which focuses on traditional country, bluegrass, blues, folk and americana. Listed on & Access is free for everyone: l/p: guest/guest. If anyone wants to connect and can't figure out how to use the hotline interface (it's poorly designed, and is not obvious at all), drop me an email and I'll be glad to help you out.
posted by skwm at 8:07 PM on March 14, 2002

Hotline = excellent. It's kind of obscure, though... it helps to know where one can find a good list of trackers.

I think Tracker-Tracker is the only one left...
posted by ph00dz at 9:20 PM on March 14, 2002

Of the Gnutella clients, my favourite is Gnucleus. It's free and has no ads or spyware, and it's even open source, if you like that sort of thing.
It's also what the "new" Morpheus is based on - it's amazing how easily they made it suck. :P
posted by Mwongozi at 3:37 AM on March 15, 2002

despite all the copyright restrictions, i still find that audiogalaxy is far and away the best for finding really obscure music.
posted by boltman at 8:01 AM on March 15, 2002

Used the old version of Morpheus until I had to upgrade, upgraded, took one look at it and uninstalled it. I moved over to Kazaa. Same interface as the old Morpheus and works just as well.
posted by dabradfo at 8:34 AM on March 15, 2002

I went to Kazaa when Morpeus konked out also, and have already uninstalled it. Ads were popping up all over. It changed some registry stuff, installed several other programs (which I'm still stumbling across) and was all around bad stuff.

Also, it came with a Bonzi Buddy button. I never clicked on it, but several months ago, my wife installed a version of BB on our machine. All of the sudden ads were coming from nowhere, or out of the task bar, at all sorts of odd times. Terrible stuff. There oughta be a law...
posted by emptyage at 9:10 AM on March 15, 2002

I've gone for KaZaa too. emptyage, one of the screens in the custom install is which bits to install. I get ads in-screen and only one pop-up window at a time. Morpheus did the same thing.
posted by vbfg at 9:29 AM on March 15, 2002

I despise the painfully-slow-to-propagate gnutella network. KaZaa, AudioGalaxy, etc. all suffer from serious spyware afflictions. No thanks. Really.

Since Morpheus tanked and then returned with their pathetic attempt at a gnutella client, I've uninstalled it and switched to WinMX. As stated previously, however, while the selection may be fantastic, the ability to download the files you find is severely limited by its users.

The best part about WinMX is the ability to add as many OpenNap servers as you can find (from the Servers tab.) I generally start here and try to find more in Google and other search engines. Be warned, however, that those listed on the Napigator page are high-traffic and often difficult (if not impossible) to connect to.

I'm a huge advocate of rarities, unreleased tracks, and fan remixes of my favorite artists (Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows among them.) Until I can buy these on CD, ain't nobunny taking away my filesharing.
posted by Danelope at 9:38 AM on March 15, 2002

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