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What.cd Shut Down

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

    This article has been imported from chorus.fm for discussion. All of the forum rules still apply.

    One of the more infamous private music sharing sites, What.cd, has been shut down:


    What.cd, an invite-only music torrent website first launched in 2007, has been shut down after a raid by French authorities. The private tracker offered free (and often illegal) access to a massive, deeply thorough collection of music and was popular among audiophiles for its strict rules around quality and file formats. The site was created after the shutdown of another well-known torrent website, Oink, which operated between 2004 and 2007.

     
  2. shea

    Tonight I'm coming home. Supporter

    Fuck.

    I only got to use one of my FL tokens...
     
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  3. dylan

    Most-liked person on chorus Prestigious

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOO

    It'll be back up, right? Like TPB is after each raid?
     
  4. therookielot

    Punk, Absolute Supporter

    Glad I got Apple Music. Haven't used that site in a minute.
     
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  5. crunchprank

    crunchprank.net Prestigious

    Not sure how many people here were active users beyond just downloading, but What consisted of the greatest, most knowledgeable audiophile community I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of. This will be missed.
     
  6. Drewski

    Maybe so, maybe not.

    This is horrible. I'm having PTSD from when OiNK shut down.

    First Waffles disappears and now this? Woof...
     
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  7. y2jayjk

    Trusted Prestigious

    I've been able to survive without it but rip
     
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  8. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    whoa.
     
  9. hoodrat

    Regular

    Waffles and What both gone in the span of a few weeks. Hopefully Waffles makes its way back.
     
  10. CyberInferno

    Line below my username Supporter

    Pretty similar to my first reaction. Sitting at a ref light yelling "Noooooooo" at my phone. Hopefully it will come back up as you mentioned.
    I've got a Music subscription too, but no subscription will ever have nearly the catalog that what.cd had. They had every obscure single, every 7", every international edition of every album, etc. and all in a multitude of high quality audio types. I bet there were well over 100 variations of blink-182's TOYPAJ alone.
    I'm really, really hoping this site pops up somewhere else. Or that the majority of stuff pops up again on another similar site (as was the case with OiNK stuff popping up on what.cd

    EDIT: I commented before actually visiting the site. Not a promising message. Dammit.
     
  11. contra11mundum

    I hate spoilers. Supporter

    What
     
  12. Daniel182

    Let's hold our breath until we disappear

    Very sad about this. :(
     
  13. serotonin

    who told you this room exists? Supporter

    That is... beyond depressing. What was an archive beyond my imagination. I buy vinyl and subscribe to streaming services and go to every damn show I can manage and support the artists I love. What.CD was.. it was beautiful. The community was great, the standards were insane.

    I feel its warranted to be able to have FLAC versions of the albums I own on vinyl without having to rip them myself. I'm sure that's another discussion with differing opinions. Regardless of that, truly bummed.
     
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  14. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Just another nail in the coffin of this fucking stupid year.
     
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  15. FTank

    Trusted Prestigious

    honestly never used or had access to this at all
     
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  16. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I would have given you the one invite I had that I will now never get to use. :tear:
     
  17. FTank

    Trusted Prestigious

    :uhoh: always did wonder what this was all about though... real shame for those who used it a lot.
     
  18. brandon

    brandonmarshall.net Prestigious

     
  19. cerealtony

    tech-savvy at-risk youth

    Lueda from AP.net graciously gave me an invite to what.cd about 7 years ago and I've loved it ever since. So so sad to see it go.
     
  20. fishguts182

    Regular

    What.cd was awesome for finding rare stuff in FLAC format.
     
  21. TheWater(s)

    Kiss The Sky Prestigious

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  22. isaidreiss

    Uppin' the Punx

    :tear:
     
  23. 0rb

    Diagonal

    Easily the best torrent tracker ever to exist. I relied on this so much to get good quality rips. Now what do I do?
     
  24. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    haven't used it much since streaming but it was a very important part of me having all high quality well tagged music and plenty of deep cuts, really a bummer
     
  25. josh.hofer

    Newbie

    Still can't believe it's gone. We all knew something like this could happen at anytime, but when it does, it really hits you hard. Easily one of the best music communities ever created. Really really going to miss it, discovered so much new music there it's bonkers. Nothing can touch their artist matrix for recommendations!

    RIP What.
     
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