How to Use Soulseek

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How to Use Soulseek
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Soulseek is a free-to-download file-sharing program developed by Soulseek, LLC. The application earned its name early on in development due to a planned feature to connect people with similar tastes in music; the feature was dropped but the name stuck. The program is a basic peer-to-peer file-sharing application that can be used to download a variety of media. Piracy of music is a problem on Soulseek, but many legal files are available and some artists chose to release their albums directly through the Soulseek label. Soulseek features a basic, easily navigable graphic interface that makes searches quick and easy.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Free hard drive space

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    How to Use Soulseek

  1. 1

    Download Soulseek directly from the official website (see Resources below). Files hosted on other websites claiming to offer Soulseek often harbour malicious software.

  2. 2

    Install the Soulseek application by running the executable file once the download is complete. You will need to choose a target directory for the application.

  3. 3

    Start Soulseek. You will immediately be asked to choose a user name and set a download directory for files obtained from Soulseek.

  4. 4

    Set the maximum number of allowed simultaneous uploads and downloads, as well as the maximum transfer rate.

  5. 5

    Perform a search by typing a keyword that describes the file you are looking for in the search bar. Avoid typos and over-specificity, as either will limit search results. Double-click on the left mouse button to download a single file, or right-click and select "download containing folder" to download the entire root directory.

Tips and warnings

  • Run a virus scan program after downloading files off of Soulseek.
  • Soulseek should not be used to download copyrighted media.

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