What happened to Ares, the download program that marked a generation before streaming platforms

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Initial note. If what you are looking for is the story of that other Ares, the pizpireto soriano immortalized by cameras from ‘Callejeros’ while singing “Pim-pam, take Lacasitos” in full breath control and after a night of partying, in that case take a look at this article of Motorpasion. Here it is the turn of an equally popular Ares, but something older.

The protagonism touches you now ares-galaxythe file sharing software, the famous P2P (peer-to-peer) program that allowed a generation to download on their computer from the latest theme of El Arrebato or Evanescence to the latest installment of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

If you wanted to access —or share— a movie, video clip, photos or programs, Ares offered a tool relatively simple and open. So attractive was it that it became a classic of the PCs of the first decade of the 2000s, before Spotify will enter the scene and calasen other streaming content platforms. It wasn’t as convenient, fast, or affordable as picking up a movie on Netflix or listening to a song on Spotify, but it did offer other benefits.

And those advantages made him gain popularity in the 2000s… and survive decades later.

simple and successful

To find the origins of Ares Galaxy you have to go back two decades, to 2002, when it started rolling in the wake of other P2P, such as napster or Kazaa, a few years younger and who in one way or another succumbed to the tremendous success they ended up achieving. It was easy to install, its interface was uncomplicated, and the files were found and could be downloaded more or less quickly. With these ingredients it did not take long to penetrate among users.

And he won, of course.

The program started with the Gnutella network, but a few months after its premiere, it decided to bet on its own decentralized network. The next big change came in 2005, when released your code under the GPL license and became free software in a move, perhaps, to avoid the legal problems that Napster had faced just a few years earlier. Over time, P2P gained customers and funds until it reached a popularity comparable to that of Emule, also launched in 2002.

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It wasn’t all champagne and roses.

Ares became the gateway to a cosmos of content, including songs, episodes of series, movies and games, but also in a virus strainer so feared that one or another owner of cybers —another vestige of the Internet— came to prohibit its installation. Some people modified the code to create variants with adware or malware incorporated which it then put into circulation.

Thus, between downloads and the occasional anger when verifying that your computer was infected, Ares celebrated his birthday and wrote a chapter in the recent history of the Internet, one that he shared with other clients peer to peer equal to or even more popular than Ares Galaxy itself, such as eMule, LimeWire or Soulseek. While, Daniel Eck and Martin Lorentzon they laid the foundations in Sweden for Spotify and a change of cycle. New times, new uses, new tools, you know.

That the years of fame are far away does not mean that Ares Galaxy, Soulseek or eMule passed on to a better life. The old Ares can still be downloaded today from SourceForge.

Perhaps without the profusion of content of a decade and a half ago, but in 2018 we still told you how could you use it —complete with a search engine, channels to chat with other users and with its own native player— to download chapters of some other series. Not manycertain.

Now, as an exercise in nostalgia, it’s priceless.

Images: Wikipedia Y sourceforge

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