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As an “active media trader” (a polite term for someone who downloads and shares “lots of things” – wink-wink!), I have a list of applications that I use on a regular basis. One of them is Limewire which (almost) always gives me good file searching results.

Recently, I came across an application which looks like, works like, and even sounds like Limewire. It has all of LimeWire’s abilities and more; it finds and shares files, connects to six ultrapeers networks, does torrents, integrates with iTunes, is chat-able and skin-able, and is totally free. It It’s called FrostWire. Just like Limewire, Frostwire is also built on Java so they can both work on multiple platforms.


The extreme similarities between these two intrigues me, though. Even the boldest copier wouldn’t go that far. A quick Google and Wikipedia search later I found out that FrostWire is actually the clone of LimeWire, developed by (part of) the same team and has been released to the public since October 2005. The full story can be found here.

Anyway, after giving little Frosty a proper trial for a few minutes, I decided to ditch the original and use the clone instead. My (very subjective) reasons are:

– It connects to as many networks as LimeWire Pro so FrostWire is faster than the non-pro version of LimeWire (I used the non-pro Limey).
– It does torrents also, so no other torrent clients are necessary. I haven’t done any scientific tests but I kinda feel downloading torrents using FrostWire is faster than using other Mac torrent clients.
– It’s free. And we all love freebies.


Still, there are some things that I don’t like about FrostWire:

– It slows my machine – the good ol’ iBook G4. (I know what you’re going to say. Don’t. I love this white ancient baby. But if anybody is willing to buy me a speedier machine, it wouldn’t be polite to reject the kindness, will it?)
– Even though the developer claims that they had a junk filter built in, I found that searches still produces a lot of junk, especially with popular strings. So choose your results carefully.

All in all, it’s one more path to follow for you file hunters out there.

Happy hunting!

  1. John F.
    October 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I know this is an old thread... but a question: Is it possible that Frostwire and Limewire do something to my setup so that even after they're closed, my Internet connection would be dramatically slowed for awhile? I've experiences this several times, and always after running one of these programs. Takes a few days to clear up. Even with reboots of the router.

    • Scott
      October 31, 2009 at 4:01 pm

      May have to do with your ISP. Some (personally I'd guess most) will reduce your bandwidth if you are doing a lot of torrent downloading. There have been a number of them identified- some even openly admitting it. A quick google search will give you the info, and ways to check.

  2. Sean
    June 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Why use LimeWire or Frostwire when you can just use a torrent program and download torrents? Genuinely curious, I've never really understood.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      June 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

      Well sometimes one will give better result than the other. Torrent method is good for 'recent' files - as the quality of the download will decrease little by little, and the Wires are preferable for individual files.


      • Aibek
        June 8, 2008 at 2:55 am

        I used to be a Limewire fan, but then slowly switched to torrents. Torrents seem to be alot faster these days.

  3. Clark F. Lewis
    June 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Open the Preferences, Filters.
    You'll see a bunch of options to filter out all the bogus results. I often add keywords to filter out all the spam. Then, as you use it, just keep blocking all the hosts that give you fake results, in a matter of a day or two it will be "trained" and you'll have the best downloading experience ever.

    FrostWire FTW!

  4. Laurence John
    June 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I tried Frostwire for a little while, but I found it annoyingly buggy and unstable... other people I know shared the complaints and eventually I just gave up on it.

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