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FrostWire

CNET 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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 1,296 votes

    • 5 star: 399
    • 4 star: 402
    • 3 star: 147
    • 2 star: 76
    • 1 star: 272
  • Current version:

    1.5 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "was goog but now junk"

    July 6, 2011  |   By kongo36

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    doesnt work like it used too

    Cons

    every time i try and get music i get some kind of settelment garbage about an i pod

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frostwire? More like No wire."

    July 3, 2011  |   By viixxxenn

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    I used to love this program

    Cons

    Every time I try to launch it, I get a launch error. Can't even use it anymore.

    Summary

    Unless I'm doing something wrong, I wouldn't bother using this one any more.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I us to like it and now I don't."

    June 30, 2011  |   By wheelsatv

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    None. It us to be Great for getting music from it.

    Cons

    All you get are those messages about how they lost there lawsuit and you can get a free IPod

    Summary

    I went to there website and did what they said to get rid of all that IPod message stuff and now it comes up that there not enough sources.
    I'm waiting in Hopes they fix it before I find someone else for my music.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "To much Spam!"

    June 27, 2011  |   By Roxyo09

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    None, it's gone down hill since the updates. You used to be able to find your fav music with an artist search or even just the name of the song. Now it's all junk!

    Cons

    It's a spam box for someone who wants to spend hours just blocking the same IP's over and over again. There's no way to get around it and you just end up wasting hours looking for a song that doesn't exist on FW.

    Summary

    Go somewhere else. It doesn't download good and even with adjustments to the settings you cannot get anything but spam!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "No real changes that I can see."

    June 24, 2011  |   By ok4mi2

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    The application works and seems quite functional for a free download.

    Cons

    I find it is less the application as a problem but the files being shared now days seem like a crap shoot. Under most searches either no or few real results show and many are junk files.

    Summary

    The P2P software is fine as it goes but the availability of good files and of specific files searched is diminishing all the time.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "T THINK this is an improvement....."

    June 23, 2011  |   By Jim Brunner

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    Easy to download

    Cons

    Impossible to do all the "choices" for files window...I"ve filled it out ten times, and the Frostwire site just won't open. I assume I'm doing it wrong, but Frostwire doesn't give the promised "prompts" to help fill out the defaults, browses, etc..

    Summary

    If I can ever open this program on my new computer, like I was able to open and use it on my old computer, I will be happy. I don't expect any help from Frostwire, because most of these reviews are never read anyway......I'll probably end up downloading another pnp site and say a permanent "goodbye" to Frostwire. On the other hand, they could surprise me, read this, and help a loyal customer figure out how to use their program. Let's see what REALLY happens.......

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  • 4.0 stars

    "No particular advantages."

    June 21, 2011  |   By typhooned

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    Less corrupted files

    Cons

    Needs to save IP addresses that you block so you don't have to keep blocking the same addresses for every download

    Summary

    No real difference found yet from previous versions.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Time to find something else."

    June 20, 2011  |   By dhkiley

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    Quality of the files that are available are usually quite good.

    Cons

    Too many selections are false. Most of what is listed at a 320 bit rate are actually a Frostwire warning and you don't know it until the download is complete.

    Summary

    Time to look for a P2P application that eliminates all the false listings, it's totally annoying. I haven't found any real good ones that have such an extellent user interface but again, the false listing cancel out the interface.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The newest version 4.21.8 is terrible"

    June 20, 2011  |   By mikerohay

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    There are no pros unless you think the site looks nice

    Cons

    The song lists are not real songs, It takes forever (if at all) to get connected and it just won't work

    Summary

    The older versions of Frostwire were a thousand times better.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Taken over by Spam"

    June 19, 2011  |   By CHRIS42060

    Version: FrostWire 4.21.8

    Pros

    The user interface looks nice.

    Cons

    This program has been taken over by spam and the developers have no way of fixing the issues

    Summary

    AVOID. The only thing you will find is a bunch of fake songs. DO NOT DOWNLOAD

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