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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 (nineteen years ago) link

its ok

http://195.74.211.135/


thanks anyway

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

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

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

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

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

still pretty good for dance 12"s

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

is the mac version still rubbish?

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

TIP

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

soulseekqt

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

hooray!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

two years pass...

still going strong

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

Here here
Just used it yesterday

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

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

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

second rule.

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

you could always msg them and ask!

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

Still extremely useful to me around year-end time.

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

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

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

Yeah, what's up with that?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:46 (three years ago) link

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

calzino, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:49 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

absolute bell ends.

calzino, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:55 (three years ago) link

'TRADE ONLY' – go fuck yourself, buddy.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:57 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Amen to that.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:05 (three years ago) link

my hero = soulvent

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

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

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:28 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

StanM, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:08 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

A little silhouetto of a man who has (allegedly) a huge selection of lossless files

I spit coffee just now

new board description please

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 16 October 2021 10:36 (eight months ago) link

A little silhouetto of a man who has (allegedly) a huge selection of lossless files that he locks and will only let other users d/l from him if they trade him something he wants.


Ah thanks

calstars, Saturday, 16 October 2021 12:10 (eight months ago) link

Try searching for 'Beatles', nothing comes up, you could find stuff if you use other terms though.

Yeah, I think I used to be able to find individual songs using creative search terms (e.g. a couple of words from a song title reversed), but that was a few years ago.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 October 2021 13:40 (eight months ago) link

foreign stuff being missing is typically just no one has it

Yeah, but I'm talking like almost Blackpink levels of pop for the most part. Stuff that I would definitely expect someone to have, coming up with zero results. P sure that's keyword exclusion. (I wish I could remember an exact example of who I was searching for, don't think it actually *was* Blackpink in any of the cases.)

emil.y, Saturday, 16 October 2021 13:58 (eight months ago) link

I think even The Db's are blocked

PaulTMA, Saturday, 16 October 2021 14:05 (eight months ago) link

might just be the problem it has with apostrophes

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 16 October 2021 18:59 (eight months ago) link

I didn't know there was any search blocking on Soulseek. "beatles" indeed no results!

couple of words from a song title reversed

hey jude and "Hey Jude" and jude hey gave me a load of good results. hey jude, hey just turned up some medleys with "Hey Jude" in them. Don't think there is song title filtering?

might just be the problem it has with apostrophes

It seems good at including punctuation right where you use it. "the db's" is blocked. No results. Funnily "db's" alone is not blocked. And "the dbs" works for the many people who have their files named that way.

"who's zoomin' who" also no problem.

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 17 October 2021 18:07 (eight months ago) link

yeah slsk search is a piece of shit

flopson, Sunday, 17 October 2021 18:25 (eight months ago) link

"hed kandi" doesn't work but "kandi" does and then you can filter with using "hed"

― boxedjoy, Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:14 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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― Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:21 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

this made me lose it, don't know why as it actually is news i can use

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Sunday, 17 October 2021 18:40 (eight months ago) link

rutracker for pop music tbh.

RobbiePires, Monday, 18 October 2021 02:38 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, but I'm talking like almost Blackpink levels of pop for the most part. Stuff that I would definitely expect someone to have, coming up with zero results. P sure that's keyword exclusion. (I wish I could remember an exact example of who I was searching for, don't think it actually *was* Blackpink in any of the cases.)

i usually don't have much trouble finding that sort of stuff on soulseek, but sometimes it's just no one's online & someone has it the next day

ufo, Monday, 18 October 2021 03:07 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Every time I use this now, I have to uninstall and reinstall--something about ports. I reinstall and it works fine--till I log off. Fix?

clemenza, Sunday, 23 January 2022 03:42 (five months ago) link

in the comment tag of something i downloaded:

Thank you for download my friend. I hope you will enjoy. Keep yourself from soulless and pop music. And be yourself.

mookieproof, Sunday, 30 January 2022 02:51 (five months ago) link

xp it's to do with port forwarding and your internet router. you need to go into your router settings and allow port forwarding and all that business. not sure exactly what, sorry!

maelin, Sunday, 30 January 2022 21:23 (five months ago) link

There’s a song that’s been remotely queued in my list for over a year now. How does that happen?

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 09:20 (five months ago) link

I have a metal demo queued that only one user has shared, he's almost never on and when he is I'm at like 5,000th in the list, just enjoying the absurdity of it at this point.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 14:20 (five months ago) link

Oh it's been queued for like 2.5 years now.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 14:20 (five months ago) link

Times like that you miss Audiogalaxy's ability to continue downloading the file from other users if the one goes offline

groovypanda, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 15:03 (five months ago) link

That’s fine if more than one person has that file.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 16:11 (five months ago) link

Don't some users bump up downloaders based on their "credentials" or whatever they use to judge them? So if you don't have anything they want, they'll just constantly promote others downloads who do.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 19:13 (five months ago) link

idk if anyone does that, but i have noticed a lot of people think they do. i get people asking if i'll bump them to the front and i'm like no i can't even look at my uploads without crashing slsk idk what goes on over there

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 1 February 2022 20:18 (five months ago) link

iirc you'd have to leave your computer/soulseek on all the time to retain your place in queue?

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 20:25 (five months ago) link

yep that's how it works.

visiting, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 21:29 (five months ago) link

I do leave my computer on all the time!! Do they still do the whole “download privileges” thing?

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 23:48 (five months ago) link

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. If you donate to slsk you get bumped to the top of the line.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 02:07 (five months ago) link

One thing I absolutely love is when someone has a song you've been looking for for years, you set it up to DL, they log off and then log back on and that file's been unshared. Very classy.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 3 February 2022 08:26 (four months ago) link

how do people have time to be so petty and weird???

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 February 2022 10:47 (four months ago) link

good question, especially if it's just one bloody song

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 3 February 2022 13:11 (four months ago) link

sometimes people accuse me of not sharing files. idk if there's an error where it sometimes falsely says things are unshared or if people don't know what a queue is

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:21 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Another "one guy has the album you're looking for but he's got it locked" night. I don't even know if I want it really but the only way to hear it is to illegally download it. I wanna DM the guy and say "hey can I get that" but I don't know if I would be able to resist appending "Your Majesty" to the request.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 18 March 2022 09:17 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

so i was looking a flac of "last last" by burna boy to legit purchase and download but i can't find it. i hop on slsk and a few people have it, one even in 24 / 48. they're all in folders called "Singles Week". does anyone know what "Singles Week" is and if there's some kind of legit subscription or something for it?

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Monday, 20 June 2022 19:13 (one week ago) link

I don't know what Singles Week is, but FYI you can buy that flac at 7digital:

https://us.7digital.com/artist/burna-boy/release/last-last-21581467?h=01&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 20 June 2022 21:04 (one week ago) link

I've noticed those Singles Week things before. Oddly higher resolution than you might find a track anyplace else.. including this one. Not into hi res so whatever.. but it's weird and I imagine it's upsampled from I dunno what kind of source.

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 20 June 2022 21:22 (one week ago) link

xp ty

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Monday, 20 June 2022 21:30 (one week ago) link

Recently read Stephen Witt's How Music Got Free, which was pretty exhaustive--from the development of the mp3 forward--and was surprised that Soulseek wasn't mentioned.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:05 (one week ago) link

ssshh ;-)

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 15:04 (one week ago) link

The first rule of Soulseek is…

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 15:06 (one week ago) link

If anyone asks just tell them it's a dating app

Evan, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 15:27 (one week ago) link

gotta keep slsk on the dl

Portrait Of A Dissolvi Ng Drea M (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 16:39 (one week ago) link

there was a whole chapter on soulseek, but you have to be sharing at least 1gb of files to be allowed to see it

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 16:46 (one week ago) link

actually two chapters but you have to trade scramoutcha for the second one

groovypanda, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 08:11 (one week ago) link

i could see a book on the topic not bothering with it. Has it had any time on "top" of music file sharing? After the big programs were dead it became all about torrents with immaculate encoding and tagging. Pretty strange. Bless the seek

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:59 (one week ago) link

Though frigged if i know what the main torrent site would be right now... or is it all just fragmented into genre sites?

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:01 (one week ago) link

ime they are all shitted up now and practically unusable. I pay a few quid a month for a usenet nzb site for movies, but if I'm looking for something like Herbie Nichols complete blue note recordings then slsk is still the only place 100% guaranteed to have it.

calzino, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:05 (one week ago) link

i could see a book on the topic not bothering with it.

Kidding aside, that was my question: do I think Soulseek is better known than it actually is? The book dealt with all the famous torrent sites (never used one), Megaupload, etc., but not even a passing mention. And it still goes on...maybe it's just not prominent enough for anyone to bother shutting it down, or even to warrant a footnote in the book? (Plus streaming has taken over.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:08 (one week ago) link

I feel the author would have to know, and know of its sorta underground status.. and maybe consciously felt it best not to potentially draw undue attention to it.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:12 (one week ago) link

re those Week xx flacs, I don't know, but:
- someone has a few of these Singles Week xx yyyy folders in a directory called "torrents"
- mostly these folders just contain flacs but a couple of people have some which include a file called "errors.txt", which is a list of track names, un-Googleable numeric IDs and the text "EBUSY: resource busy or locked, open '\T!D@L Music\New Tracks/WKxx/<filename.flac>" (I have Googleproofed the service name here)

So my possibly erroneous conclusion is: someone has a script to rip the new tracks from T!d@l every week and uploads them to a torrent site, but I have no idea how they do this or what torrent site.

(also the tracks have 90% English language titles and like 5% Dutch, so maybe that tells us something about the ripper's location, or maybe not)

I don't have a T!d@l account so I don't know if they still have that Burna Boy track, or whether there's an easy & legit way to get a weekly playlist of new singles releases there.

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:24 (one week ago) link

sometimes i look at what people have grabbed and i'll be like..... wtf i have megadeth albums??

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:34 (one week ago) link

Under the Music section on various torrent sites you'll often see a folder like "UK Top 40 WK 17-06-22" or whatever, which will contain all the top 40 singles for that week, so I guess someone somewhere is ripping them somehow xp

groovypanda, Friday, 24 June 2022 09:43 (one week ago) link


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