Soulseek

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 52 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
157 NS 13e
File Size:
1004.82KB
Date Added:
November 04, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
2,810,278
Downloads Last Week:
115
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: You will be taken to a third-party site to complete your download. Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

Editors' review

Though it's mostly easy to use and boasts a couple of extras, Soulseek's shaky performance makes it a strictly average file-sharing option. The interface isn't beautiful, but it does provide large clear icons for performing actions such as searching for files, sharing folders, and creating a wish list. In some cases, we immediately were able to begin looking for results, but in others, we had problems connecting.

When we were able to undertake successful searches, we found many files were unavailable. Search speeds also were below average, although the inclusion of a chat-room feature is a nice touch. Since it is free, P2P fans might take Soulseek for a spin, but they'll probably also want to keep another few file-sharing clients at their disposal.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 52 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1 stars

    "Viruses galore"

    September 28, 2014   |   By Clovenhoof

    Version: Soulseek 157 NS 13e

    Pros

    - Access to an amazing breadth of material
    - easy to use interface, though not as easy as previous versions

    Cons

    - with the program comes two dozen or so adware and malware programs. Some of them are extremely difficult to remove, and they are very intrusive.
    - program seems to have removed a couple of useful features from previous versions
    - seems to have made retrieval of files more difficult by adding a layer of unwanted subdirectories to the destination folder where files are saved

    Summary

    I've used so many previous versions of Soulseek that I never thought there would be a problem. I just clicked through all the "next" buttons without reading, and now I'm paying the price. I've spent days purging all these unwanted programs from my PC, and there are a few I just can't get rid of.

    My bad. Live and learn.

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  • 5 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 stars

    "pure and simple"

    April 01, 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 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 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 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 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 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 stars

    "next to the best of music downloading sites"

    December 08, 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 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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