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there was a thread on ilm about its disappearance and where to get it now, but ilm is down. where is soulseek anyone??????????????????

gareth (gareth), Friday, 9 August 2002 18:50 (seventeen years ago) link

its ok

http://195.74.211.135/


thanks anyway

gareth (gareth), Friday, 9 August 2002 18:54 (seventeen years ago) link

...or, http://www.slsk.org

dleone (dleone), Friday, 9 August 2002 19:08 (seventeen years ago) link

ten years pass...

so glad this is still around

More Than a Century With the Polaris Emblem (calstars), Saturday, 20 July 2013 13:32 (six years ago) link

Spotify has reduced my usage significantly but it's still handy indeed.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 20 July 2013 15:57 (six years ago) link

I basically use slsk these days for individual tracks and when I see a cool album on a blog somewhere with a dead d/l link.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 20 July 2013 16:20 (six years ago) link

It's still very handy for seeking out rarities, I think.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Saturday, 20 July 2013 16:47 (six years ago) link

still pretty good for dance 12"s

the late great, Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

is the mac version still rubbish?

PaulTMA, Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

every cool person i know gets all the idm, microhouse and grime mp3s they need in primo 160kb/s from slsk these days, dont know why l4m0rz still actually buy music IMHOhttp://l.yimg.com/lo/api/res/1.2/_qIwROO2K4kFM.sCuxDb2Q--/YXBwaWQ9bWtihttp://www.5foq.com/vb/images/Smils%20For%205foq/rolleyes.gif

the mac version is now fantastic

maven with rockabilly glasses (Matt P), Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

TIP

maven with rockabilly glasses (Matt P), Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

soulseekqt

maven with rockabilly glasses (Matt P), Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:45 (six years ago) link

hooray!

PaulTMA, Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:53 (six years ago) link

ya i'm all over this add me i have 2 accounts for my laptop (roiheenok) and pc (flopson)

flopson, Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:40 (six years ago) link

I have been using it on and off since early high school!

Simon H., Sunday, 21 July 2013 03:02 (six years ago) link

can you still use slsk (and get away with it) if you're in the USA? I've downloaded practically nothing since 5 strikes took effect.

soulseekqt

requires snow leopard (10.6 or up) : /

j., Sunday, 21 July 2013 03:13 (six years ago) link

do you know of anyone who has ever gotten a strike?

flopson, Monday, 22 July 2013 22:20 (six years ago) link

felt "safe" because my isp isnt on the "list"

maven with rockabilly glasses (Matt P), Monday, 22 July 2013 22:28 (six years ago) link

I usually have an ILX room up if I'm online (elvis_telecom)

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 22 July 2013 23:17 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

still going strong

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 28 November 2015 10:08 (four years ago) link

Here here
Just used it yesterday

calstars, Saturday, 28 November 2015 14:24 (four years ago) link

First rule of slsk, don't talk about slsk.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:21 (four years ago) link

do you know of anyone who has ever gotten a strike?
― flopson, Monday, 22 July 2013 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's the thing--it's been going long enough that it can't possibly be a secret at this point. The agencies that monitor this stuff, haven't they decided that, for whatever reason (primarily music rather than films?), soulseek just isn't worth bothering about? I only use it for occasional songs now, but it does come in handy at times.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:28 (four years ago) link

second rule.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 November 2015 13:19 (four years ago) link

The agencies that monitor this stuff, haven't they decided that, for whatever reason (primarily music rather than films?), soulseek just isn't worth bothering about?

I think this must be the case. I remember a few years ago the search results for major label releases used to be swamped with obviously fake users, but that doesn't seem to happen any more.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 30 November 2015 13:33 (four years ago) link

man, i used to love SOULSEEX on os x before the lion update a few years ago. once you got used to it, it made the most sense of any version of slsk. it was better than the windows client. people used to complain that it used too many windows, but i always felt like its heavy window usage was a virtue - it felt like it kept keeping multiple chatrooms/user messages/user shares/downloads etc. well organized, and, because i had exposé set up with hot corners, i always kind of had fun switching windows.

such fond memories of SOULSEEX - browsing through user shares and randomly chatting with people played a major part in my formative music exploration in my late teens/early twenties.

those days are gone, though. ah, memories. i just have the regular mac client now + it looks exactly like the windows version = lame.
i never did bother with nicotine on os x, by the way. i was all about SOULSEEX, all about ssX.

anyway, how long ago was it? seven, maybe eight years ago, that the main port number changed, and many, many people didn't update their client/port number and just assumed slsk went to shit and abandoned it? yeah, what a shame. i updated my shit, at the time, and although slsk's been a little different since then, it never really stopped being COMPLETELY AWESOME for me. it's still GREBT for all sorts of oddities and obscurities, and, albums, too...

ah, the SOULSEEX days on os x. what a time to be alive. good times, good times.

LEGALIZE COCAINE (monster mash), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 00:54 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

there's too many slsk threads for me to find the most recently bumped one, but so i got a record there the other day and when i went to play it whoever encoded the mp3s put a naked picture of (presumably) himself as the album art. two things surprising about this. first is that i haven't run across it before, because there are some skeevy people on the internet, and second is that i really can't imagine anybody else on earth giving a shit about this record. if you're an exhibitionist and want people to look at pictures of your cock, why the hell would you embed them in a long-out-of-print compilation of outtakes by bands like "touch" and "stray dog"?

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:11 (three years ago) link

you could always msg them and ask!

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:13 (three years ago) link

i thought about it but i'm already married and honestly he wasn't much to look at naked.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:14 (three years ago) link

also, he's not even online! it took me three weeks to download the damn album because he's never online!

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:16 (three years ago) link

Maybe all his files are encoded that way, not just the album you downloaded.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:56 (three years ago) link

Still extremely useful to me around year-end time.

clemenza, Friday, 23 December 2016 03:20 (three years ago) link

Well, it's not called "Buried Treasures" for nothing!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 23 December 2016 04:02 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

goddamn your locked files sir

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:45 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, what's up with that?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:46 (eight months ago) link

it brings the true free-leeching spirit of SLSK into disrepute, stingy arsey bastards!

calzino, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:49 (eight months ago) link

So annoying, as are those tl/dr scripts full of daft rules that pop up on occasion

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:52 (eight months ago) link

anyone who uses that auto message for anything other than 'if you can't download try browsing my files first' is a grade-a prick

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:54 (eight months ago) link

absolute bell ends.

calzino, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:55 (eight months ago) link

'TRADE ONLY' – go fuck yourself, buddy.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:57 (eight months ago) link

just want to say bison2, harlemjazz and murdercitydevil - these are what I call proper SLSK'ers. lol I feel like I know them, but have never had any interactions with them.

calzino, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:02 (eight months ago) link

Amen to that.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:05 (eight months ago) link

my hero = soulvent

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:12 (eight months ago) link

Bless all the Japanese music enthusiasts on there, so much amazing stuff I've found.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:28 (eight months ago) link

Can only otm that. My obsession with Japanese music has been fueled profoundly by slsk. I wouldn't know where else to find stuff like that.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:50 (eight months ago) link

Not being able to wishlist an item + "flac" because it will just bring up the singular padlock cunt who has it (and is always online) is excruciating

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:01 (eight months ago) link

can't you ignore that user? or does that do something else?

StanM, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:08 (eight months ago) link

murdercitydevil

top bloke, never spoke a word to him tho

rn I'm trying to find the Asper Bothrops EP and there are two padlock fuckers with it in wav format, it's torture

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:11 (eight months ago) link

^^ ding ding ding.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 08:15 (two weeks ago) link

as if p2p filesharing isn't nuff hi-tech and futuristic! There is no way I want to be reliant on shitty Virgin broadband for music listening and I'll take mp3 players over 4g streaming for music on the go, forever.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 09:37 (two weeks ago) link

yup

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 10:02 (two weeks ago) link

I dunno - I systematically download locally the files I want to listen to from streaming services so i don't really see a big difference there. As for permanent ownershipn, if I really feel strongly about owning the files for good, i'll just go and buy the CD. I understand this may not be an option for obscure/exotic/bootleg files (which are the only things I still use slsk for).

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 11:10 (two weeks ago) link

no judgment; i honestly didn't even know that services like soulseek were still around.

jaymc, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 12:55 (two weeks ago) link

I still use it a few times a year. I think my profile note thing now apologetically describes my pattern of (offensively low-level) usage as "I share what I download but it's mostly just things that are either not on Spotify and/or I can't be bothered digging out of the physical collection" or similar.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:14 (two weeks ago) link

What's wild is how great it still is. Been getting tons of obscure 80s stuff lately that's prob never even made it to CD let alone near a streaming service

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:14 (two weeks ago) link

i mainly use slsk for out-of-print stuff/imports/dance 12-inches and yeah it's just... ridiculously great. occasionally failed me on the more obscure dance 12-inches but you can't have it all

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:20 (two weeks ago) link

soulseek is the last good thing on the internet

adam, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:38 (two weeks ago) link

it pays off surprisingly often for me (knock on wood)... felt like I was never going to find the Naomi N'Uru "Wurm" album or Spikes "Colour in a Black Forest/6 Sharp Cuts" comp(out of print Aussie punk/wave/alt band, CD goes for hundreds) and soulseek obliged me when I added them to my wishlist.

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:55 (two weeks ago) link

soulseek is still pretty good though not as great as what was before it died

ufo, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

I still stump our streaming service enough to warrant searching for files. Same goes for torrents, for that matter. Bugs the hell out of me that we have five premium places to stream movies and they still regularly don't have the *one* movie I want to watch when I want to watch it. Took us forever to find that excellent Amish documentary "The Devil's Playground" the other night. It was supposedly on Netflix, I think, but we ended up having to watch it on youtube.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 14:19 (two weeks ago) link

I still grab a lot of stuff from there. there's so much that's not available on streaming or only through some foreign iTunes store which is its own adventure (and I'd probably jump through those hoops if I knew the artist was making more than like 40 cents)

frogbs, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 14:21 (two weeks ago) link

Soulseek RULES even more than Pink Floyd. Can you imagine?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

"Last good thing on the internet" is so right. Still use it weekly for otherwise unstreamable/unfindable music and movies. Never got into torrenting bc of it.

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

indeed, I still use it all the time

idk if it's my network but my phone seems to have bad connectivity in a lot of spots when I'm on the road. plus I don't have unlimited data. so streaming is kind of a no-go for me. I'll drop cash on Bandcamp & for vinyl of course but yeah, give me the MP3s and I'm happy

frogbs, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

Anyone know how to fix the browser becoming so wide due to copy and pasting overlong text, by mistake? Can't seem to resize it horizontally.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

wait you can get films on slsk?!?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

it's p2p mahnnn, you can get anything. It's a good epub source as well.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

@Paul, I had the annoying way-too-wide-screen thing on. Removing and re-installing did the trick for me.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, I probably use it more for films than music today tbh. I dont mess around with new releases or tv series or anything bc that stuffs available thru other means, but for old/foreign/silent/OOP stuff thats not otherwise avail, slsk is a goldmine.

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

I've done that thing where I've swapped laptops and been logged in on the old one for so long I've forgotten everything to do with logging in. I was probably paranoid enough to set up a new email address to register too, so not sure a reset is even an option. Will I lose anything by re-registering?

I was going to abandon it as I only use is sporadically but seeing this revive has given me itchy fingers.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

it's good for hard to find audiobooks as well. I only just found this out recently.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

@Le Bateau - thanks!

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

Echoing the love for Soulseek, it's my primary download source. There's a few users I've bookmarked with loads of UK pirate radio air checks from the 1960s, and collections of mono vinyl rips that I can't find elsewhere. Great for bootlegs, too, since I hate dealing with FileFactory etc. on blogs. I love it when I stumble on someone's exhaustive collection using the browse feature, too.

blatherskite, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pleasantly surprised it's still around, but these things do eventually enter into a phase of fuzzed out low-key stagnation. It feels a little like running IE 6. There are lots of old bootlegs that used to be around back in the day that aren't anymore... there's stuff there that you can't find anywhere else, but the same is true of Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube - there is no One Music Service to Rule Them All and that's probably for the best. Honestly I do think Bandcamp is better than Soulseek these days... at least I hear more music on Bandcamp than I do Soulseek, and I feel better about it...

Whenever it goes I'll miss it, especially as I myself have never developed a basic level of trust for streaming, for anything that I don't have multiple backup copies of.

It's nice for ebooks (like there's stuff there that isn't on Libgen), audiobooks. Not so great for films. Is the ED2K network still around?

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:46 (two weeks ago) link

New SoulseekQt build

huh, weird, does it chop off the first/last characters of searches for anyone else? i can't tell if it does so in the display or in the string actually searched on

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:15 (one week ago) link

Same here. We need a hotfix for the hotfix.

pomenitul, Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:24 (one week ago) link

i guess you could always add repeated characters to the start and end of your string : )

which if you do, does prove that it's a display problem and not a search string problem

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:31 (one week ago) link

Since people here are reporting that Soulseek is still active and useful, I thought I might start up a client again and share what I have.

But then I remembered that when I used Soulseek on Linux a decade ago, Windows users were unable to download any of my files with : in the filename. The colon is permitted in filenames on Linux, but not on Windows, and I use colons a lot because I share a great deal of classical music with multiple movements (e.g. "Symphony No. 4: III..flac").

What used to happen is that people on Windows would try to download from me, the resulting file would be empty on their end, and then they would send me angry private messages and ban me from accessing any of their shares. I wonder if this bug was ever fixed.

Melomane, Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

macos too

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:19 (one week ago) link

We need a hotfix for the hotfix.

Another reason never to update to Catalina, which is another factor pushing toward a future, devoutly to be wished for, in which I never use a computer again.

lukas, Saturday, 11 January 2020 20:56 (one week ago) link

Soulseek on windows is a great program

calstars, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:16 (one week ago) link

I do love the slsk.exe

brimstead, Sunday, 12 January 2020 01:13 (one week ago) link

You can always try and run soulseek Windows via Wine on a Mac.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:18 (one week ago) link

I love how if you run a search for The B@atles it won't throw back anything but you can search for individual albums, songs, bootlegs etc: I wonder what other artists/bands it does that with.

Maresn3st, Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:29 (one week ago) link

yeah, something I've been trying to test, seems they stopped adding popular artists at least 5 years ago.

also stripping those apostrophes out of your searches is always a good idea for some reason

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:55 (one week ago) link

I'm pleasantly surprised it's still around, but these things do eventually enter into a phase of fuzzed out low-key stagnation. It feels a little like running IE 6.

Slsk is an exception to the rule, and it's good not bad that the interface is more or less the same than it was 20 years ago. Only stupid thing is the ability to lock folders now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:58 (one week ago) link

Yeah keep the UI the same until I die, I'm not bothered

I wonder what other artists/bands it does that with.

I run across this in weirder areas, some Drag City or Matador bands and indie rock on that level sometimes.

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:05 (one week ago) link

After years of familiarity with the Windows client I do find the Mac version UI even more hideous.

nashwan, Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:19 (one week ago) link

yup

calstars, Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:53 (one week ago) link

my pet peeve is there's this one user (a lot of the sharing i find has been centralized to a few "seeder" type accounts with fast connections) whose files show up in searches but when i try to download from them always shows up as offline. it's only that user, too. i used to be able to download from them fine, i have no idea why i can't download from them anymore.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 January 2020 14:33 (one week ago) link

is it g4nx0

adam, Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:43 (one week ago) link

I think that means they've blocked you?

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:43 (one week ago) link

i thought that was red FILE NOT SHARED in my transfers list

adam, Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

is it g4nx0

― adam

nope

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 January 2020 22:49 (one week ago) link

Saw 80 new answers on the soulseek thread and panicked

ingredience (map), Monday, 13 January 2020 02:10 (one week ago) link

Is there any sort of alternative to soulseek - eMule maybe?

groovypanda, Monday, 13 January 2020 08:13 (one week ago) link

frostwire

groovemaaan, Monday, 13 January 2020 08:32 (one week ago) link

is it g4nx0

― adam,

it is for me! what's his or her deal?

mom, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 05:15 (one week ago) link


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