I used it once years ago and wasn't too impressed really. Sure it's better than kazaa, morpheus, limewire, etc. But, upon second glance from hearing what some people here say about it, is that it's not too bad.
At the same time not the greatest. It has been infiltrated by the media cartels, fake files are a big problem on the network. Then there are some things i don't know. Like is it's chat better or worse, or even if it has a friends list. It appears that ares is still eclipsed by winmx in handiness, features, and what you can find on there, even despite winmx's current state of no encryption with file transfer. When you get down to it, also that ares is just no where near as cool or fun to use as winmx.
Thoughts and other people's experiences with the p2p?