well the problem come not from the speed but the smaller number of people on the network and the fact that most of them likely have a very smal queu for uploads. i know i only permit a max of two people to upload when i am online (which is rare). for the most part i have only had trouble getting a few songs. but now that i have all i wanted everything else i want to grab i have gotten quickely except video but download speed for video is spotty in evry application.
personally i don't find giFT any better than any other P2P. Since the demise of napster and the changing of morpheus (one of the best p2p from my windows stint) there has not been a really good p2p. besides i really don't believe in them any more though they do provide a means for me to obtain simpsons and futurama episodes.