Everyone loves getting something for free. With Clickster you
get a double dose: This free program searches the Web for free MP3
music files from your favorite artists, and delivers them to your
desktop. Clickster’s developer, Robert Palmer, insists that there’s
no copyright issues to worry about, since the MP3s that Clickster
accesses are free files stored on Web sites. As long as you don’t
share the files, you’re safe.
That said, “free” does have its price. The interface isn’t very
well designed, and the touted ShoutCast Internet radio features
didn’t work in my tests. There’s no in-program Help system, so be
sure to read the documentation
online before you use Clickster for the first time, or you will
quickly become confused.
Once you figure out how to use Clickster, you can quickly search
for MP3s from your favorite artists, or of particular songs. You
can listen to a track from within the program before downloading
it, or click the Safe Browser button to take a look at the Web site
from whence it came. You can download up to three tracks at a time,
even while Clickster is finding more files. Note that despite
Palmer’s claims, Clickster doesn’t necessarily speed up downloads:
Files downloaded at my connection’s usual speed, no faster.
Clickster lets you build Playlists that you can embed into your
own Web pages–complete with a media player. Creating a Playlist is
simple, but I didn’t try embedding it into a Web page. Since the
resulting Playlist is a simple XML file, however, it’s probably
fairly straightforward to get it onto your own site.
Basically, Clickster functions as an MP3 search engine, streams
files just fine, and lets you download supposedly legal MP3s for
free. Its lack of in-program playlists and album information could
turn off some music aficionados, however.