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A Look Back at Digital Music Piracy in the 2000s

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Abhimanyu Ghoshal, writing at TNW:

    What was particularly interesting back then was the wide range of ingenious methods people used to share tunes. Back in the day, people went beyond simply hosting music on public-facing websites, and instead, found ways to send and receive tracks directly with other internet users. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and take a look at some of the ways people grew their music collections in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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  2. Drew Beringer

    @drewberinger Moderator

    AIM file sharing for me in 2003
  3. Jared Luttrell


    Limewire was the wild west for me.
  4. supernovagirl

    Poetic and noble land mermaid

    I look back fondly those days. Lots of nostalgia thinking about it all.
  5. mattylikesfilms


    Limewire and KaZaA ruined my shitty PC but I got so much music including the leaked version of Finch's Say Hello To Sunshine monthssss before the release which I ended up pre-ordering on CD anyways.
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  6. grimis16 Jan 2, 2019
    (Last edited: Jan 2, 2019)

    Regular Supporter

    Once Napter went down and Limewire/KaZaA was ruined by loop tracks, I moved on to mIRC around 2001. I think I used mIRC until about 2010. I was exposed to so much great stuff that I never heard of on this site or any other.

    "LimeWire was perhaps the best known of the lot, and was estimated to have been installed on every third PC in the world at one point in its existence." That's insane to think about.
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  7. dorfmac


    napster wasn't only good for filesharing, they also had featured artists and turned me on to the jealous sound. that alone makes them better than any other filesharing method/service
  8. Pepetito

    Regular Supporter

    those were the days.
  9. thegreatbenbino

    Be excellent to each other!

    I'm excited to one day explain to my children that I used to wait 3 hours to download one song... only to find out it was a low quality rip, the wrong song, or a virus. What a time to have lived.