File sharing certainly hasn’t disappeared, and every day, millions of songs and albums are traded on the internet free of charge, which is hurting musicians more than the extremely low payout rates most streaming platforms offer. In this three-part series, I examine a handful of the brands that pushed illegal downloading of music onto the masses, looking at what they did and here those names are now. Part one examined what Napster looks like today, the second article focuses on the citrusy company LimeWire and the third will examine Kazaa.
Limewire was, if not the most famous and notorious of the file sharing sites, perhaps the most-used. Anybody who utilized the program could see that it was clearly designed to be user-friendly, and I personally remember it being much easier to navigate and understand than other options, which at the time was important, as there weren’t many people who had a lot of experience with anything like file sharing or peer-to-peer networks… read more >