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WinMX is a peer-to-peer file sharing program authored by Frontcode Technologies. WinMX began its life as an OpenNAP client capable of connecting to several servers simultaneously, although Frontcode later, starting with WinMX 2, created a proprietary protocol, termed WinMX Peer Network Protocol (WPNP). WPNP version 2 was phased out as WinMX 3.0 and its WPNP version 3 protocol came into existence. Frontcode operates several cache servers to aid WPNP network operation. Lopster used to have WPNP 2 support, although it was locked out with the arrival of WPNP 3.

Downloads can be very fast for popular songs since the user can run a "Multi-Point download" that simultaneously downloads the same file in small pieces from several users. By doing this, a hit song can be downloaded in less than 2-3 minutes. WinMX was very popular in Japan due to its ability to handle 2 byte characters. By 2001 it was the de facto P2P application in Japan. However, WinMX's Japanese popularity dropped sharply with the arrest of several users, and resulted in the development of a semi-secure, encrypted, serverless application called WinNY (N comes after M, Y comes after X). WinMX is also especially popular in Italy and Hong Kong.

In early 2004, rumors have been spread around in Hong Kong, saying that the Customs Department is prosecuting people using WinMX to share copyrighted items, which turned out to be not true. A number of people consider WinMX a much safer downloading program than Kazaa, partly due to the fact that no spyware comes with WinMX.

In the post-Napster era,WinMX started life as a client for the OpenNap network, which threatened to crumble under the weight of traffic after Napster closed. To deal with this, WinMX recently developed its own decentralised Gnutella-style WinMX Peer Network. They say: '(WinMX) allows you to connect, download and share files with MILLIONS of other users (in) one of the most diverse networks of shared media files in the world.' Ignore the outdated references to OpenNap and you'll find a real file-sharing gem here. The greatest strength of the WinMX network is its vast range of content - as well as big names like Supergrass we also found lots of more obscure artists such as reggae star Alpha Blondy. This proved decisive in putting WinMX ahead of our Bronze winner, KaZaA. WinMX isn't going to win any beauty pageants, as the design is a bit scary for the uninitiated. We found the download speeds to be quite fast in general, but there were still many times when songs we requested were placed in a long queue. However, WinMX does tell you what number you are in the queue, so you can choose to wait or just cancel the download.

WinMX is a file-sharing program. In addition to letting you share MP3s and other types of files, WinMX allows you to connect simultaneously to many established networks based on the OpenNap and Napster protocols. This is designed to yield more search results from a larger base of users. WinMX supports any file type, allowing you access to a diverse assortment of shared video and picture files, as well as the usual MP3 audio files. WinMX also features full chat and hot list capabilities, all wrapped in a multiwindowed interface. WinMX respects your privacy and doesn't contain spyware.

Beauty is only skin-deep, as WinMX proves. This P2P client helps you to share, find, and download files from WinMX or other OpenNap protocol networks. The awkward interface is littered with buttons, but it enables even a novice to share files on P2P networks by scanning your drives for media files. You can easily find files by keywords, bitrate, and connection. You can even join chat channels. To save money, the application displays the time you've spent online and limits incoming/outgoing traffic. As a spyware-free and fully functional file-sharing client, WinMX wins fans among beginners and P2P veterans.


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