What is LimeWire?
LimeWire is a peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange program for sharing and distributing content on the web. LimeWire allows users to access or share file types such as AVI / MPEG (video), MP3 (music), JPG (pictures), etc.
LimeWire Pro is free, while LimeWire Pro is a paid version that promises faster peer-to-peer and download speeds. LimeWire runs on Windows, MAC OS X, Linux and other operating systems supported by the Java software platform. LimeWire uses that GnutellaNetwork and the BitTorrent protocol.
LimeWire enables individual users on the Internet to make music, videos and other files available for direct access to other users. In addition, users can browse other users' computers to find the content they want and download those files.
Limeware does not use a central server to store files. Instead, it transfers files directly from one user's (peer) hard drive to another user's hard drive. This is why the term 'peer-to-peer' applies to limeware sharing.
LimeWire is written in the Java programming language and runs on every computer with an installed Java Virtual Machine. LimeWire version 4.8 or higher functions as a universal plug and play (UPnP) Internet gateway device controller that automatically establishes packet forwarding rules with UPnP enabled routers. Users share a library using Digital Audio Access Protocol.