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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and Effective"

    October 29, 2012  |   By dk2401

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    Downloading is easy and without fuss.
    Just does the jobs reliably.

    Cons

    Doesn't look cool.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "pure and simple"

    April 1, 2012  |   By jcf300

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    Simple to use. Plentiful sources.

    Cons

    Just that the software is an older format, but that's what makes it simple.

    Summary

    It's an older, yet simple, format. It reminds me of my Napster days. It's a small download file and I've found more older music I've been looking for and I'm thrilled.

    Definitely not a memory/hard drive hog.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect in it's simplicity"

    March 14, 2012  |   By cpcmopar

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    -Safe
    -No spy-ware, ad-ware, etc.
    -Rare, underground, hard to find music
    -Easy to download entire albums with one click

    Cons

    -None that I can think of

    Summary

    I've been using Soulseek since 2003. I was first turned onto it by a buddy of mine in college who is a computer programmer. Since then it's been the only file-sharing service I trust.

    I've never had a problem finding a track or an artist; even really obscure ones or even local bands. I'm constantly amazed at how many people with great taste in music are on Soulseek keeping it running.

    I love the UI. Elegant in it's simplicity. The look of it hasn't changed in 10 years and I'd say that's a good thing. I've never had a problem with download speeds or it crashing on me.

    Highly recommend!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Soulseek 4Lyfe!!!"

    August 25, 2011  |   By leaderclearsthelunar

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    Extensive Live, Rare, Out-of-Print collection of music from all genres.
    Chat feature to get recommendations and stuff.
    Ability to browse other peoples' collections and d/l directly from them.
    No Spyware, Adware or ads.

    Cons

    Absolutely none.

    Summary

    I've been using Soulseek for about 10 years. If you're looking to download the new Justin Bieber album in about 3 minutes... stick with UTorrent.

    HOWEVER - If you're looking to download a Stiff Little Fingers bootleg, or a Palace EP, or a Billie Holliday record (yes, "record" - ripped from vinyl), or some German Dubstep, or some Norwegian Black Metal or some Appalachian yodeling music, or... whatever other obscure type of situation you might happen to be into, then Soulseek is for you. If you're a musician, it's also a great way to share your recordings with others.

    I'm sure you can find that Justin Bieber album, too.

    If you really want to do that to yourself, I mean.


    Seriously - Soulseek has a slight learning curve and the occasional technological quirk, but these only add to it's charm.

    <3

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  • 4.0 stars

    "one of the best software ive seen yet , thank you."

    May 24, 2011  |   By ricks1949

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    awsome....

    Cons

    sometimes you have to wait too long for action.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worth dealing with the occasional quirks."

    March 30, 2011  |   By the_sheep_look_up

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    Displays bitrates in search results; only rarely do I not find what I'm looking for.

    Cons

    Temporary freezes when search returns a lot of results, reported bitrates are occasionally wrong, overall performance somewhat clunky.

    Summary

    I've been using Soulseek since 2004. Mostly I use it to find and share rare, out-of-print music, and only very rarely have I come up empty-handed from a search. The fact that bitrates are reported during searches and browsing is great, although every once in a while they're not completely accurate. Aside from that, the only problem I've had with the program is that it tends to freeze up if a search returns more than a few hundred results, rendering my machine useless for a minute or two.

    I haven't really felt the need to use any other program for sharing since I discovered Soulseek. In the seven years I've been using it I've only had a few problems with other users. There are of course the occasional leechers as well as a few ban-happy users, but that's to be expected with as many people as are using the network. You will need to wait in queues from time to time, and yes, they can be long, but I don't really think it's fair to complain about waiting for free music. As far as speed goes, I've never gotten much more than 150kbps up or down, but for music files I think that's more than adequate. I'm only moderately computer-literate, but I never had any problems setting up or configuring slsk, it's simply a matter of setting up port-forwarding and designating share and download folders.

    I consider Soulseek absolutely indispensible, and despite its quirks and somewhat clunky performance, it's the only program of its kind that I bother with.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "vnicolasc@yahoo.com"

    February 17, 2011  |   By vncazares

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    This site is good and confidential.

    Cons

    I didn't see any cons.

    Summary

    If somebody wants to download music. I recomend this site

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  • 4.0 stars

    "next to the best of music downloading sites"

    December 8, 2010  |   By z34montegirl

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    They have most of the music I am looking for

    Cons

    not much I don't like.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential resource for music lovers"

    September 12, 2010  |   By nickdude3

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    Totally clean, spy- and adware free. Clear, easy-to-use interface. The widest selection of music imaginable.

    Cons

    Not as fast as torrents. The latest version has some bugs and crashes occassionally.

    Summary

    I have almost never failed to get the song I want with soulseek. For this reason it the ONLY p2p I have used since the original napster and then Kazaa filled us with Adware.

    If you're not looking for the latest releases, or the top 500 of all time, and just want to expand your music collection then soulseek is all you'll ever need. On average download speeds are about twice as fast as real time - 2 mins to download a 4 min song. While there may be faster ways to download music I've never found any more reliable. I love the option to browse all the shared files of other users. Its fantastic for stumbling across all those great tunes and bands that sit in the back of your mind. The community is populated by people who clearly love their music - the files are 99.9% meticulously organised.

    The UI is beautifully simple. Use the column headings to sort the results to get the fastest connections, the most efficient bitrates and the most complete collections. Use the wishlist to patiently find those rare live performances from any time in the last 50+ years. Search results will turn up performances, versions and remixes you never thought you'd be able to own, or even knew existed. The extent of the results really is outstanding.

    You can have 100% confidence in the security - no adware, no spyware, no viruses among the files, or corrupted files. The latest version seems to crash more frequently than previously, but their record with bugs suggests the programmers will sort this out - and remember it is free. There is an option to 'donate' which allows you to jump the queue for files that have a number of people trying to download them, but there is literally always another option with nobody in the queue.

    Go carefully through all the setup options initially - paying particular attention to the 'return upload' option which is the cause of the 'forced upload' other reviews have mentioned, and can be annoying. Among the search results you will occasionally find an album with 1 track missing, and no track numbers to confirm it. Let me take this chance to recommend allmusic.com to check track listings and use in combination with soulseek to give you your dream record collection.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good for those who can live with the flaws"

    July 17, 2010  |   By bland_flabbis

    Version: SoulSeek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    No spyware, extremely wide selection of music available, general community feel to it.

    Cons

    There are design flaws which make it difficult to use. You need to get used to these before you'll get the most out of the program.

    Summary

    It's a bit like a throwback to the golden age of Napster and filesharing. You don't have to worry about downloading spyware or popups and there is a much wider selection of music to download than is available via any single torrent archive. As stated above, however, it's fairly difficult for new users and it can also be a little bit buggy.

    Even though I've used this for several years and can download what I want from it, I still occasionally run into issues. For instance, when there are a queue of downloads and you want to abort/delete them, for some reason you often end up with the files still being downloaded in a new folder called "upload" - as if the user's computer you were attempting to download the files from hasn't been notified that you no longer want the files. Granted maybe I am doing something wrong here, but if you have a program that is genuinely difficult to learn how to use then you can't just throw it back on the user and assume everyone is an idiot. Ease of use is part of a well designed program and Soulseek has a few issues that you can only really get to grips with through trial and error.

    With this stated, once you get to grips with it you will find it a very valuable filesharing option. I personally use torrents as a first option, but if (as is often the case) you can't find a torrent for the music you want then you can almost always find it on soulseek.

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