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Great Lost Software: 16 Gone But Not Forgotten

Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked
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Available starting in 2003 for iTunes 4.1, OurTunes was an open-source Java-based utility for listening to other people's iTunes libraries on the same local network. The problem, but also the fun, was that it was a utility for copying files from those libraries as well. iTunes 7, released in 2006, changed its authentication scheme and broke OurTunes. iTunes has long permitted streaming music from shared libraries, and version 9 added the ability for a limited number of computers on a sub-network to copy each other's files. But the "free for all" nature of OurTunes has not been duplicated -- and isn't likely to be.

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