Native Soulseek P2P app comes to the iPhone

Native Soulseek P2P app comes to the iPhone

Ben Wilson

Representing perhaps the first genuinely useful native peer-to-peer application for the iPhone, iSlsk, which is capable of accessing the Soulseek music sharing network, has debuted.

SoulSeek was created by Nir Arbel, a former Napster programmer, and offers access to a vast peer-shared library of files, composed primarily of music. THe network boasts hundreds of thousands of active users.

The iSlsk iPhone application allows users to search the SoulSeek database, select files for download, and even queue transfers. The music is automatically added to the iTunes library on the iPhone and is instantly playable. You can see the application in action in the embedded YouTube video below. Tap here to watch it if you're on an iPhone.

Installation of iSlsk requires a jailbroken iPhone. Follow our guide to third-party applications to jailbreak your iPhone and get it ready for applications, then make sure you have the "Big Boss" repository added to Installer.app. This source should be added automatically when you install the "Community Sources" package as described in our guide, but you can also manually add it going to Installer.app and following these instructions: tap the "Sources," button, then tap "Edit" in the upper-right corner, and finally "Add" in the upper-left corner. Enter the URL of the source you would like to add (thebigboss.org/repo.xml) and press "OK." Installer.app will add the source, and you will be able to find the new application(s) in the normal "Install" menu.

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