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March 12, 2002

Episode 2: Attack of the Morpheus Clones
The recent hoopla around Morpheus finally settled last weekend. By now most of you have updated your versions of Morpheus or KaZaA and decided which side you're on among the file-swapping factions. Of course, we're milking the trend for all it's worth this week by featuring two software titles that ride the coattails of the file-swapping craze: Cinematograph, a one-stop media player that handles numerous formats; and Audiogalaxy Satellite, another competitor for the file-swapping throne.

Problem children that they are, file-sharing programs won't stay out of the news for long. The record companies won a small victory in their lawsuit against KaZaA, Morpheus, and Grokster as the judge ruled the case would go before a jury. Look for this new chapter of file-swapping brouhaha to hit a courtroom near you in October.

Wayne Cunningham
Features Editor, CNET

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This Week's Top Ten Downloads

Morpheus and KaZaA continued their rampage on our servers this week, while newcomer DivX Pro Video Bundle made the list in its first week, coming in at No. 4.

This Week's Top Movers

Are these the Top 10s of tomorrow? Here are some of the fastest-rising downloads on our Most Popular list.

Want more? See our Top 50 downloads.

Picks of the Week

In Utilities

ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0.081
License: Demo ($49.95)
File size: 3.4MB
Minimum requirements: Windows (all)

Protect your business or personal Internet connections from hackers with this popular and powerful set of utilities. Tools include a firewall, an application control, an Internet lock, and e-mail protection. The latest version of ZoneAlarm Pro features advanced cookie control, an improved user interface, enhanced program control, and more.

In Audio

Audiogalaxy Satellite 0.609
License: Free
File size: 565K
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/NT/2000

Set up a music satellite to share and find MP3s through a simple Web-based interface with this perennially popular file-swapping program. Audiogalaxy Satellite features easy-to-use search tools such as proximity downloading and built-in throttle adjustments for fast queries and downloads. The latest update fixes a write-to-disk bug, improves support for Windows XP, and offers a streamlined sign-up process for user accounts.

In Multimedia

License: Shareware ($35)
File size: 517K
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/NT/2000, DirectShow or DirectX 7.0 Drivers

This lightweight movie and media viewer is stuffed with features. Cinematograph lets you watch DVD, MPEG, DivX, VCD, S-Video Compact Disc, AVI, Windows Media files, and QuickTime videos at full-screen resolution with parental controls, search capabilities, and options to organize playlists of your favorite movies.

In Games

Command & Conquer: Renegade Multiplayer Demo
License: Demo
File size: 89.4MB
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP, 500MB disk space

For the first time, experience the Command & Conquer universe up close and personal as you fight it out on the ground among the structures, vehicles, and weapons made famous in the original C&C. Gain full access to the 28 characters, 23 weapons, and 11 vehicles featured in the team-based C&C multiplayer mode.

In Business & Finance

ePrompter 2.0
License: Free
File size: 968K
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

We admit it: we goofed last week when we represented ePrompter as a shareware program costing $24.95. This small tool that lives quietly in your system tray is actually free and sports a new mini e-mail client that lets you forward and reply through the account where your messages were received. You can also send original messages through any account you have on your ePrompter and store your contact list in the new address book.

Overheard on

Here are some user comments about a popular multimedia tool:

"Excellent tool for video editing"

"Don't touch it!"

"Nice for the price"

"Take out the ads"

"Get This...Get Happy!!!"

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