UPDATE: December 2012
The popular file-sharing platform went through a lot of changes. iMesh is now offering access to more than 15 million songs and videos, all legal and free. The iMesh 11 comes with an improved media library, iPod and MP3 players support, a variety of colour schemes, HD video playback, and much more. Here’s a short video that explains iMesh’s new features, directly from the wolf’s mouth.
Though back in the days file sharing was arising and after the defunctness of Napster, iMesh was in front position, when p2p applications began spreading and multiplying, some of the file-sharing programs among which iMesh just couldn’t face the competition.
iMesh has since made some improvements but it didn’t manage to make the most necessary ones.
iMesh includes a smooth interface which offers proper access to program’s main functions such as options for searching, uploading, downloading, and accessing the media library. Its additional, worth mentioning features are: a media player, links to the company’s Web forums, and a built-in chat. You’ll also enjoy distinctive tools like advanced search-filtering and lots of download info. The software only supports the Gnutella network.
With all its effort to bundle fewer applications in the latest versions the program still requires you to install an iMesh-sanctioned toolbar and view ads in the interface. Although iMesh is a step forward in this app’s history it fails to offer some much needed features, it provides limited network connectivity and the addition of third-party software maintains its rather mediocre position among p2p clients.
Something that you may find particularly upsetting with iMesh is the presence of at least two kind of spyware modules, one of them being – commonname – a toolbar giving out lots of data from your system. Moreover, you’ll find that chucking it out is quite a challenge. It’s not all over once you’ve uninstalled it because it “forgets” a malicious little thing called cnbabe in your system tray which does a lot of damage to a healthy P III.
Downloading with iMesh is not the most satisfactory experience. You’ll see yourself waiting and then waiting some more as your tracks queue up, no matter how good or bad are connections. In spite its “success” of locating a few copies of the same file and resume downloads, to our disappointment, we discovered that usually no more than 1 in 6 files makes it all the way.
Overall, this file sharing program is not worth your while.
Screenshots of iMesh: