BitTorrent

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"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya."
Leonard Cohen / Hallelujah

Posted on October 27, 2003 8:39 PM in Computers
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Being a big Pearl Jam fan I've heard of BitTorrent, a P2P music file sharing utitlity, quite a few times in the past. However, it wasn't until tonight that I actually tried it out to see what all the fuss is about. As it turns out, BitTorrent is actually pretty cool, given the fact that there are all kinds of music-trading communities out there taking advantage of the technology. The actual user interface leaves a little to be desired, but it's easy to see that underneath the hood, BitTorrent takes P2P to a new level. It's also very fair, the more you trade to others, the more bandwidth you get on the download site of things. So, as I tried it out tonight, downloading a copy of Pearl Jam's recent gig at Benaroya Hall, I noticed that people were actually downloading off of me a lot faster than I was downloading the files. After a bit of research, though, it made more and more sense.

Unfortunately, I ended up giving up on the download, mostly because I was going after 700 plus megabytes of data that would need to be decompressed into a few hours worth of wav files, and I only have about half of my 10Gb hard drive space at my disposal (yes, I know...I am way overdue for a computer upgrade). However, after using BitTorrent for only a few minutes, I can see that it is a tool I will be using again in the near future (probably after that much needed upgrade), and I would most certainly recommend it to anyone who is addicted to music and wants to avoid the notoriously lossy quality of mp3s.

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