UNKNOWN -- I downloaded a ton of really, really hard songs to find about 3 or 4 months ago and I played them through my computer with no problem. I was off the computer since October, 2012 and just got on today to play some of those songs and it would not allow me to unless I subscribe to the PRO or some kind of bull version. I downloaded them mostly for free but I do not consider it free because I downloaded a ton of my music just for people to share and download. I do not think they have the right to block those songs after they gave you the permission to download them. Besides, some of those songs I downloaded had a fee in which I gladly paid for.
Bearshare is a TOTAL RIP OFF and should be sued for false advertisement. I am deleting it as soon as I find a way to transfer my remaining songs to a new music website. It sounds like Limewire Time. Did this happen to anybody else out there? If so, you can E-MAIL me at: **. I will soon have a new library of Classic Rock, Blues, Southern Rock, Hard Rock and many other styles of music to SHARE with people. I look at it this way!! It is like lending your buddy an album or CD in the old days after you purchased it yourself.
I'm a musician and I do not think sharing or trading music hurts the musician as much as they say. I have my own recordings of music I wrote, played and recorded myself and I had it on Bearshare for anyone who wanted it for free. I figure, that is the best way to get your music out there for people to hear. Give it to them for free!!
After searching for an online music resource I downloaded Bearshare. I downloaded this "Free" program only to find that my computer took a beating. I un-installed the program and still found traces of Bearshare in many different locations on those computers. This program also made different web browsers a Bearshare homepage of which I could not get rid of. I would recommend that anyone with the same issues read their license agreement.
Please contact me if you are interested in joining my lawsuit with Bearshare as they have violated many aspects of their own agreement with their consumers - not to mention destroyed two of my own computers. Once downloaded this program is nearly impossible to expel from your computer. Hopefully I have stopped you from even thinking about a Bearshare download. FYI: I have had Bearshare "stupidly" on two computers. I'm writing this on my third (without Bearshare) and this computer works great.
I purchased quite a few music downloads from Bearshare at .99 to 1.29 per song. Lately I have noticed that some of them won't play anymore and when I called them, they said they have the right cancel them if the artist changes the license rules. The funny thing about that is that if I chose to pay the 9.99 a month to belong to Bearshare then it will play.
Imagine buying something and paying for it only to have it removed from your home 2 years later because the manufacturer changed their mind and doesn't want you to have it! The government needs to crack down on these scam artists.
I paid for and successfully downloaded 15 songs from Bearshare's website. I could play the music on my WMP 9, but was not able to burn them or sync them to my mp3 player. Every time I tried to burn the 15 songs, I got "license required" message. The license was supposed to come with the payment I made. Also, I kept getting lewd pop-up ads; and my computer has been infected with embedded spyware and viruses from Bearshare. When I called their "customer service," I was told I couldn't get a refund for the "paid items," even though I told them it was unusable for the purposed I paid for. Buyer beware-- this is a bad news service!
This service is the internet's version of "Hotel California." You are put on a billing cycle (in my case $7.95). Once you check in, forget about checking out. Oh, they will explain in detail "how to cancel" but then you are led on a goose chase of non-existent links. Finally you wind up at a phone number you are supposed to call. Since I could not find any conceivable way to cancel by hitting a cancel button like any reputable online business. I had no choice but to call the telephone number. Guess what?
I was on hold for a while... then I was told I was "next in line" for a few minutes... then I was told that due to "heavy call volume" I should try back later. Then I was disconnected. "Next in line" to "Heavy call volume." This company designed its website to TAKE YOU MONEY and it will continue to TAKE YOU MONEY long after you want out! My advice: avoid this dishonest company like the plague. If you already have made the mistake I did, call your credit card company investigation department and have them bill the cost right back to Bearshare. I have had no problems with online purchases until I ran into Bearshare. These guys are the worst.
I found after hours of looking.... 212-729-5702.... use this number for billing and account problems.... My son tried to cancel his subscription online and a month later we were still getting billed, this put an end to it... Got a real person on the phone and they refunded our money.