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‘Your KaZaA Library’ lets you relive the glory days of music piracy
Minus the malware.
Let’s take a trip deep down into the mislabeled and misguided world of KaZaA, the P2P site of years gone by that made you aware of that stupid “Gin and Juice” cover while also turning more computers into bricks than a mason would need to construct a chimney.
KaZaA existed in the renegade era of the Internet, when music piracy was only just emerging and everyone had an unironic LiveJournal account. It was a different time, to be sure, and people apparently miss that shit, because the Your KaZaa Library Twitter account is being hailed as the best digital throwback in a long, long time.
— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) May 12, 2013
Twitter.exe (old version- stars not hearts).zip
— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) November 4, 2015
For all its deep dives into the era of fake Weird Al songs and accidental porn, Your KaZaa Library exists in world-straddling vacuum where an “Eminem- Ben Carson/Christina Aguilera Diss.mp3” tweet can get more likes than a KaZaZ Lite download.
The brilliant curators of this account (they’re saying they’ve unearthed these gloriously fabricated files so whatever, let’s roll with it), @magicdad and @lucciinthesky, even feel your pain when it comes to the newest iterations of Twitter just rolling down the line of Lucky Charms shapes until it hits red balloons. They tweeted a Twitter.exe advertising the old version—with stars instead of hearts—and it almost sounds worth the risk of incessant pop-ups and evenings spent downloading the wrong file.
Weird Al – Secret Asian Man
— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) May 19, 2013
— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) May 23, 2013
Eminem- Ben Carson/Christina Aguilera Diss.mp3
— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) October 29, 2015
Sadly, @KazaASongs hasn’t been updated in over a week, leading fans to believe it’s on some type of hiatus to mourn the loss of Rdio, which was started by KaZaZ’s former head honchos.
But if the reemergence of @Skeletontunes has taught us anything, it’s to never say die. Come-back-KaZaASongs.avi.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.