Morpheus – A Giant That Is No More

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Morpheus was a popular client for OpenNap, FastTrack (later abandoned), Gnutella and Gnutella2, and even BitTorrent, and is even featured in the (in-)famous “Don’t Download This Song” from “Weird Al” Yankovic. It had all the features of a good P2P-client, a build-in music player, a big community, iTunes integration, you name it.

Never limited to only one network, support for protocols came and went, and the userbase grew more and more every year. Apart for some advertising, it was completely free, although a paid “Ultra”-version was available as well. Touted by the Times, CNet and others as a wonderful piece of software, it rocked the file sharing community for years.

Other than competitors such as KaZaA, it contained no spyware and was capable of getting through many firewalls, which only helped it to grow into a name everybody knew.

In 2008 however, developer StreamCast filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, after a long legal batel with MGM Studios (read more about the case on Wikipedia: MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd.), and the website went down on October 29, 2008.

Version 5.5.1 was the last version, and there will never be a new one; this was the end for this file sharing giant. Live in piece, Morpheus!

Luckily, there are other ways to share and download files these days. Browse around our site for more information.

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