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July 22, 2011

Frostwire Kills Gnutella

TECHNOLOGY - If you've been trying to download and share files via the old FrostWire recently you will have noticed only the BitTorrent files are now working.

The reason is because FrostWire has shut down the Gnutella network part of its program and the new FrostWire 5 is now BitTorrent ONLY.

After LimeWire was shut down last year FrostWire took over as the leading file-sharing application on the Gnutella network. On June 27th 2011 FrostWire announced that it would leave Gnutella entirely and focus on BitTorrent instead. It took them a little under a month to bring this into effect.

For some people this decision may very well signal the end of the once-mighty Gnutella network, while existing BitTorrent networks will only grow stronger... however this would not be accurate. BitTorrent is used mostly for sharing videos, music and sometimes software... whereas Gnutella does all that plus photos (usually porn)... and as we all know the porn industry is huge on the internet.

Therefore its doubtful this is the end of Gnutella, which is still one of largest P2P networks on the Internet.

The problem with Gnutella however is that its increasing full of spam. Sometimes files are just blank with a phony warning about codecs when in reality what has happened is Hollywood execs have spent considerable resources spamming the network with bogus files. (We should note however that FrostWire 5 is still riddled with spam / fake files, just a different kind of fake files / spam. The annoying part for users is that because its a torrent file you can't test out the file first to make sure its real, whereas in Gnutella you could preview files to make sure they were real.)

Plus there was only so much time FrostWire could continue to dodge lawyers and legal issues concerning sharing of pirated material.

So now there are several replacements for the Gnutella Network die hards...

#1. Shareaza

#2. Blubster

#3. FreeWire

#4. Phex

Whenever one Gnutella network collapses a bunch of others step forward to take their place. Same stuff, different people running the show.

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