Suggestions for visiting a.b.m.d.?


Hi group!

I've been a lurker for a little while, but haven't posted yet. I have a fairly large collection of Disney media and I would like to add my fair share to a.b.m.d. (and maybe download a bit too!)

What I'm trying to find out, however, is what service you guys recommend for accessing the newsgroups. I'm very okay with paying for my access to it, and would love to hear your suggestions! Thanks in advance!

Scott Bogle

New Member
Hiya Jeff! ;D

For the server, check first to see if your ISP offers free usenet access. Most ISPs do, especially the broadband ones, but sometimes the quality of those servers is kind of lacking. Usually you can find out about them by going to the ISP's tech support page.

If you don't mind paying for Usenet access then I think Giganews ( is definetly the way to go. They have GREAT retention for binary groups (posted files stick around longer - a couple weeks or so as opposed to two or three days on most "free" servers) and completeness with very few if any server "hiccups" that might prevent parts of the file from downloading properly. The prices aren't bad either.

Next you have to make sure you have a newsreader program to access your server and display and decode the files. Make sure you use one designed to support binary groups so they decode the files properly, otherwise you'll just get a bunch of gibberish text posts instead of awesome Disney mp3s! :p

I use Xnews ( - totally free, easy to use, feature packed, and updated regularly to keep up with new posting technologies and whatnot. Many people also like to use Forte Agent or the freeware version Free Agent ( although I haven't tried them myself.

After that just plug in the server details, access a.b.m.d, and start downloading!

Hope this helps,