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First, lphant and lphant 5.1 are not the same thing. lphant is a peer-to-peer file-sharing program that uses the eDonkey network and BitTorrent protocol. lphant 5.1--the subject of this review--is an imposter application that looks very much like the original lphant, but that operates on a restricted, proprietary network. This network is supposedly the first P2P network to be approved by the Recording Industry Association of America, and through some tricky maneuvers--including commandeering the original lphant's Web domain and advertisement server--lphant 5.1's operators have sought to acquire the original application's user base. As far as we're concerned, the whole thing stinks.
Questionable back story aside, the program does function as a P2Pclient--sort of. Like the original lphant, the application's interface is attractive and slick, and we find it interesting that the program contains social-networking-style features such as profiles, friends, and status updates. But the actual file sharing, which is what the program is about, isn't so great. Many of the search results are YouTube videos, which can be viewed from within the lphant interface. Although clicking the Download button adds these videos to your library, they're not actually downloaded; you can't view them if you're not online. When we tried to download songs from other users, they appeared to download completely, but we got a Failed Download message when we attempted to play them. Overall, we can't say we were impressed with lphant; it looks good, but it doesn't deliver much.
lphant is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not recommend this program.
Lphant is a free peer-to-peer file sharing application. It's been made for ease of use, while also being able to download files quickly. It includes a variety of tools to manager your media library. The software also allows you to optimize multiple downloads occurring simultaneously. By joining the Lphant community you also have access to 15 million free song and video downloads.
In version 5.1: Brand new interface. iPod and MP3 players support.
What's new in this version:
Brand new interface. iPod and MP3 players support.