Free Kazaa 
Kazaa Media Desktop was commonly used to exchange MP3 music files and other file types, such as videos, applications, and documents over the Internet. The Kazaa Media Desktop client could be downloaded free of charge; however, it was bundled with adware and for a period there were "No spyware" warnings found on Kazaa's website. During the years of Kazaa's operation, Sharman Networks and its business partners and associates were the target of copyright-related lawsuits, related to the content distributed via Kazaa Media Desktop on the FastTrack protocol.
In 2003, Kazaa signed a deal with Altnet and Streamwaves to try to convert users to paying, legal customers. Searchers on Kazaa were offered a free 30-second sample of songs for which they were searching and directed to sign up for the full-featured Streamwaves service.
Kazaa Lite Resurrection has been very well received by the file sharing community for trying to keep Kazaa Lite widely available, free of charge, without any malware, spyware or adware included. It has even been featured on U.S. national TV on the popular TechTV TV show. You can see the KLR TechTV video here.
Admittedly, the first two reasons might come across as over-cautious. The original creators of Kazaa have yet to pursue any lawsuit against Kazaa Lite and despite the virus risks, these unauthorized versions do have active users. There are few active users (a few thousand), but there are people sharing files. The code is therefore at least functional and maybe virus-free.
Downloading and sharing copywritten material is illegal. LoveToKnow does not condone the use of P2P programs for illegal purposes. If you take the risk of using Kazaa Lite or other file sharing services, please use these programs responsibly and share only Free Music and other freely-distributable media. Learn more about Downloading Legal Music.
Like LimeWire 4.9 basic, the free version of Kazaa 3 won't search past its set limit unless you tell it to do so. Kazaa searches to the preset limit of approximately 200 hits, then requires you to hit the search button for more. In our generic search on the keyword cars, Kazaa came up with about 300 hits total. Not bad, but the vast majority wouldn't download correctly. Kazaa's network is littered with fake files and media files that open browser pages on their own. As with any P2P client, be careful what you download and be sure to scan your download with an antivirus app before opening the file.
Online support for the free version of Kazaa is vague on many subjects, but searching the Web should answer most of your basic questions about the program--and convince you that you're better off without it.
It was so popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was free to use, which made it accessible to a large number of people. Secondly, it was easy to use and had a simple and intuitive interface. Finally, it had a large user base, which made it easy to find and download the files you were looking for.
P2P file sharing programs are free. Period. But there are P2P scam sites out there that want you to pay them instead. P2P scam sites are rogue companies that have set up shop to fleece unsuspecting music downloaders looking for file sharing programs by charging a fee for an otherwise free service. No P2P file sharing software costs money. Exceptions would be a site asking members to make a monetary donation to help pay for bandwidth, hosting costs, and other administrative costs.
To be honest, I do not know the ins and outs of P2P scam sites. But I know this: all P2P file sharing programs are free. Think about it a moment. It is because music files are being shared free of charge (without artists receiving royalties) that organizations like the RIAA are mad and suing.
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