WHAT HAPPENED TO EMULE AND WHY DID IT NEVER TAKE OFF LIKE TORRENTS DID?

>still being used around the world
>only 1/1000 as popular as torrents
What happened?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    While I lived it at the time, it had a lot of crap files and viruses, all kinds of nonsense you didn't have to deal with as much when using torrents. Still have fond memories of eMule (and WinMX) though

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Whatever happened to e donkey

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >winmx

      >new message
      >it's some snobby cable prick fricking PISSED at you for "throttling" the connection
      >tfw only 56k modem

      >new message
      >it's someone complimenting your catgirl and Ranma collection
      Those were the days

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I miss winmx.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I still remember when I woke up, went to family computer to download some music and WinMX failed to give any results. That's when it all started to go to hell

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If there are seeds I can download something overnight on Torrent.
    In eMule I have to join the queue of some guy and then wait till it starts uploading to me and it may take 2 weeks for the file to get to me, but sometimes they were never seen again and I wasted all that time to get 90% of an unusable file.
    What's the benefit of eMule over Soulseek, anyway? It's like people never got the idea of using it to share whatever and not only music, but it's like a much faster eMule.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Although they did improve, eMule devs always seemed to be finding ways to not share file parts. "Just fricking upload" is a better strategy than stalling and waiting on some autistic fairness algorithm (credit system).

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >"Just fricking upload" is a better strategy than stalling and waiting on some autistic fairness algorithm (credit system).
        Wow, I had even forgotten about the credit system. It was some private tracker ratio tier bullshit, only implemented at protocol level. Another important reason ed2k fell in favor of torrenting.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          They didn't get the quicker you share parts to more people the quicker it spreads (at a geometric rate). They did however listen to my suggestion to send small files immediately rather than do vast amounts of peer exchange. Eg don't send 4000 peers and have them negotiate for an 800 byte file. Not a word of thanks of course.

          They also didn't understand the point of sparse files in NTFS (they should stay sparse and so are completely wrong for a P2P client). I could go on (the comedy tier multithreading upgrade for example) but I'm still too mad about it.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >torrents downloaded faster
    >everybody shrugged when their file was unobtainable even if two different torrents had all the blocks between them but weren't complete
    >couldn't add ep1c NFO and 'downloaded from' bragging spam because ed2k works file-by-file

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >torrent
    >cool word
    >mule
    >dumb animal
    It's all about branding

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It was certainly slow as a mule.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Computer users nowadays don't mind anymore to pay gorillion of dollars per month for Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, Napster, etc. etc.

    In some parts of the world internet piracy was seen as a crime as bad as murder. Sony BMG, Universal Music and other companies really enforced the laws. News channels broadcasted every pirate who went to jail.
    >THIS WILL BE YOU SOMEDAY IF YOU DON'T STOP TORRENTS!
    ...all over the place. That also left an impact on future millenials and zoomers.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    ed2k was mostly only popular in Germany and German laws are extremely shit for P2P so most switched to using Usenet or OCHs (since it's download-only which is legally much better). And VPNs only became popular later when torrent already dominated the world.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I sitll use it, it doesnt have everything new, but for some shit is way better than torrent

      nah man emule is still popular nowadays in italy, and you can also look easily for shit in spanish

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Fakes happened. Many people set the threshold so you had to share something to get the access. So a lot of people with slow connections and small HDDs started to put fake files on the compressed drives. Soon it was impossible to find anything useful, as the entire network was spammed to death with malware and fakes.

      Wrong, it was really popular in France, Eastern Europe and many other places. I've been using it in 2000s as a porn source.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >painfully slow development
    >download speed not as fast as torrents
    >client was heavy as frick, no server usage feasible. desktop client was resource-intensive
    >shared all your files like napster did which scares many people away
    >complex, confusing setup that kept normies away
    >centralized with servers like emule security that made setup even more confusing and easy to take down
    >no clients for linux, 1 dead mac client
    >had only a few clients and they mostly died
    >allowed too many people to share viruses and cp
    >terrible names like donkey, mule, etc

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >torrent
      >cool word
      >mule
      >dumb animal
      It's all about branding

      >torrents downloaded faster
      >everybody shrugged when their file was unobtainable even if two different torrents had all the blocks between them but weren't complete
      >couldn't add ep1c NFO and 'downloaded from' bragging spam because ed2k works file-by-file

      While I lived it at the time, it had a lot of crap files and viruses, all kinds of nonsense you didn't have to deal with as much when using torrents. Still have fond memories of eMule (and WinMX) though

      Plus the e2dk/emule client model made it very hard to distribute NEW content faster because you needed to wait for clients to get new content themselves from god knows where before it could be shared on the network....meanwhile torrent sites just had to post the torrent/magnet basically anywhere online on multiple sites and everybody could get it and share it at the same time with 1 click and have it go to their clients.

      Torrents made downloading new content way easier and ed2k links came too late.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >WHY DID IT NEVER TAKE OFF LIKE TORRENTS DID?
      But it did take off.
      During the early to mid 2000s, eMule/ed2k was very popular, arguably more popular than torrents at that time.
      But thanks to all the caveats other anons itt already mentioned (fake files, viruses, dodgy centralized servers, queues, etc), it was replaced by torrents. Especially after TPB started gaining popularity around 2005 or 2006.

      >shared all your files like napster did which scares many people away
      It did? I don't remember that. Maybe if you didn't bother to go to the settings screen and configure it properly.

      >What's the benefit of eMule over Soulseek, anyway? It's like people never got the idea of using it to share whatever and not only music, but it's like a much faster eMule.
      Yes, Soulseek can be used to share any kind of content, but 99% use it to share only music. I have no idea why either. If I ever decide to share all my hoarded content I've always thought of using Soulseek. Maybe it's just the times we're living in.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >What's the benefit of eMule over Soulseek, anyway? It's like people never got the idea of using it to share whatever and not only music, but it's like a much faster eMule.
        Meant to reply to this anon

        If there are seeds I can download something overnight on Torrent.
        In eMule I have to join the queue of some guy and then wait till it starts uploading to me and it may take 2 weeks for the file to get to me, but sometimes they were never seen again and I wasted all that time to get 90% of an unusable file.
        What's the benefit of eMule over Soulseek, anyway? It's like people never got the idea of using it to share whatever and not only music, but it's like a much faster eMule.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Yes, Soulseek can be used to share any kind of content, but 99% use it to share only music.
        Because it's made for music and has the features for that. For example, you can filter search results by audio bitrate, but not by video resolution.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >During the early to mid 2000s, eMule/ed2k was very popular, arguably more popular than torrents at that time.
        Nope. ed2k never reached the heights that torrents did. I remember people trying to use Kazaa clones like Fastrak, Shareaza, WinMX, Gnutella and other things like Bearshare and Ares instead of things like ed2k but then they all slowly but surely went to torrents, leaving everyhing else in the dust.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I never understood how DC++ worked and even though everyone said it was superior to eMule/WinMX, I just stick with those because I was filtered by DC++

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I never understood how DC++ worked
      It's literally in the name (Direct Connection). If a user was sharing a file you wanted, you directly downloaded it from them. The benefit was that it was easier to manage what you were sharing, but the downside was that you were limited to a single users connection speed, unlike torrents. I used DC++ way more than torrents in the early 2000's.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I didn't mean the protocol and all that, but how to get files and shit. I remember there being some thing where you had to join something maybe and I dunno. It's been close to two decades. For eMule and WinMX I just remember it was way easier to use.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I think they were called hubs. Once you connected to a hub, you could search available files or just browse shares of anyone else in the hub. I didn't think it was all that difficult to use. I used it mainly for music, but I eventually discovered a site called something like LavaMuze where you could buy MP3 tracks for pennies each. It was way more convenient for me at the time than any other option.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            DC++ was based. Share your whole windows drive to get past the limits. Good old times. Emule and dc++ had tons of fan made parodies of music, TV shows, movies etc at least in Finland.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    torrents are more popular because it allows the content to be more curated. but gnutella and emule are superior in the fact they don't depend on centralized websites to find files. you can search the network directly. the downside of that is yea, you'll occasionally download fake files but that was always part of the mystery of the internet.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    > I'LL DO THE LOGO
    I see why it failed.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It was the style of the time

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        so was herpes in the 70s, but that wasnt really a good idea, was it?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Everyone has herpes anyway it's nbd. Besides, fomo from not having it would be worse

          I think they were called hubs. Once you connected to a hub, you could search available files or just browse shares of anyone else in the hub. I didn't think it was all that difficult to use. I used it mainly for music, but I eventually discovered a site called something like LavaMuze where you could buy MP3 tracks for pennies each. It was way more convenient for me at the time than any other option.

          It just never clicked with me. I was pretty young at the time and didn't understand much English so that didn't help

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >The installer gave the option to share your whole hard drive
    I don't remember if it was hopt in or out but I've seen wild stuff.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      eMule had saner defaults
      original ed2k clients were basically distributed p2p Napster

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    eMule's user experience was top notch. The friction for sharing stuff was minimal (just put it into a shared folder), and even rare obscure content could be found and downloaded.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Search was integrated and fast. Now you have hundreds of ad-ridden torrent sites, each with a small subset of existing torrents, and each with its own unique webshit UI.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Leaving tens of thousands of files available for seeding was perfectly normal and commonplace. Now how many people do that with torrents? Even just renaming or moving a file makes torrent clients shit themselves

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Now you have hundreds of ad-ridden torrent sites, each with a small subset of existing torrents, and each with its own unique webshit UI.
        that was solved by private trackers many years ago. only 3rd worlders and little kids use public torrents now.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Search was integrated and fast. Now you have hundreds of ad-ridden torrent sites, each with a small subset of existing torrents, and each with its own unique webshit UI.

      why you say was anon?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I still use it occasionally. Really shines for rare stuff

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          i dont download things that often in emule, but if i open qbitorrent i open emule too, which means almost daily
          now i just notice that i should share my torrents folder in emule too

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Really shines for rare stuff
          never found anything rare on emule unless you think shitty xvid rips of latin movies are rare

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            i dunno what are you doing anon but you are doing it wrong
            git gud

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >The friction for sharing stuff was minimal (just put it into a shared folder)
      yeah but many people don't like that because it makes them worried about what is going to be on the folder if they aren't careful. With torrents you have to make a torrent file for everything in your destination folder before it goes online so its impossible to leak anything important from your PC. Another reason why people prefer torrenting music than using soulseek.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The client should've been hardcoded to refuse sharing drive roots or Documents, Downloads, %AppData% etc. Browsers do the same with the file system API

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was a stop gap that only had a ~year to get popular between Kazaa and when torrents became a thing.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >WHY DID IT NEVER TAKE OFF LIKE TORRENTS DID?
    Because with torrents you can use any client you want and still works

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There are different ed2k clients too, moron.
      eMule isn't even the original client.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        FEW!
        Now compare it to torrent clients.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The only time I heard about its on news showing some pedoring being busted
    Im amazed its still being used as honeypot just like it was back in the day

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    what the hell

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    donkeh

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Lips

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      sex with

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I used it because my campus banned bittorrent.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Emule system allow CP interchange in mass and without regulation until Government knock knock your door.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      So does HTTP, we need to ban HTTP ASAP.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    worst p2p software i ever used.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Most people just want to download stuff fast and are too dumb to properly open ports and spot fakes, widespread CGNAT was the nail in the coffin.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My personal experience as someone that didn't know much about computers back then was that emula had some content that was hard to find but it was a mess with fake files and malicious content whereas torrents had high quality highly curated private trackers.

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