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Editors' Review


FrostWire is a fork of the LimeWire source code, and as such, it functions exactly the same. When you search for a file using FrostWire, you get results from LimeWire, and vice versa.

However, the user experience differs in two ways. One is that the code is actually based on LimeWire Pro, the paid version of the popular P2P client, so users don't have to worry about simultaneous download restrictions, and they won't get bombarded by ads. Also, befitting the name, the interface has changed from green to blue and has been slightly improved. Tabs have rounded corners, and there are two additions, as well. Connections monitors your outgoing and incoming connections by host name, but also provides bandwidth information, the vendor and version being used, and more. There's also a built-in community chat.

When we tested it, the built-in media player in FrostWire didn't work with MP3s or MPGs, although those files worked fine in LimeWire and elsewhere. The app also comes bundled with the ASK toolbar, but you can opt out of that during the installation process. While some people have experienced faster download times with FrostWire compared with its parent, others have not. FrostWire and LimeWire are practically indistinguishable, although the lack of ads is a big plus.

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1 stars

"Update 4.20.2 refuses to launch in OSX.6"

March 03, 2010  |  By RobinQueens

 |  Version: FrostWire 4.20.2


nothing I can see


i updated to 4.20.2 and the App. refuses to launch!


unless it is a unique situation for me, this is useless~

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2 stars

"eyette reyes"

March 03, 2010  |  By dhayet

 |  Version: FrostWire 4.20.2


download songs


as of now i have no dont like about this product

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3 stars

"So far so good."

March 02, 2010  |  By victoriaflip

 |  Version: FrostWire 4.20.2


dont Know yet cant get to music


The fact that i cant get to the music is a little upsetting


I just want to download music without a risk to my computer.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.20.2
In version 4.20.2, BitTorrent Engine is replaced for a lightweight version of the Vuze BitTorrent core. Fixes torrent restart bug. Installer is 1/2 the size as previous version.
Publisher FrostWire
Publisher web site http://www.frostwire.com
Release Date February 20, 2010
Date Added February 28, 2010
Version 4.20.2
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Java Runtime Environment 1.6
Download Information
File Size 24.02MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 34,914,330
Downloads Last Week 3,558
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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