This file-sharing program from 1999 is the best way to find obscure music

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This file-sharing program from 1999 is the best way to find obscure music

While P2P file-sharing programs like Limewire, Napster, and Kazaa have all but disappeared, there’s one from 1999 that somehow survived and is now the place to find obscure music.

Called Soulseek, the software was created by programmer Nir Arbel as a venue to trade techno and dance tracks. Over the years, as file-sharing clients died out, it became audio heaven with its staggering music catalog.

Pre-war blues, self-released albums from unknown bands, vinyl rips of old soul groups – Soulseek’s got it all.

It features IRC chat windows, which has helped build a strong community of audiophiles. Private rooms, meanwhile, are where the hardcore users hang out and share their passion for music.

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