I'm sure everyone knows what BitTorrent is, but it is the most popular peer-to-peer file sharing protocol for sharing large files. Before you had to have a tracker to create "torrents" which coordinated this sharing, but now you don't. This should make it even easier for people to make BitTorrent enclosures in blog entries and otherwise use BitTorrent to share files. Having said that, there are value added trackers like Prodigem which I'm sure people will use to charge for and otherwise track their files.

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BitTorrent Goes Trackerless: Publishing with BitTorrent gets easier!

As part of our ongoing efforts to make publishing files on the Web painless and disruptively cheap, BitTorrent has released a 'trackerless' version of BitTorrent in a new release.

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In prior versions of BitTorrent, publishing was a 3 step process. You would:

1. Create a ".torrent" file -- a summary of your file which you can put on your blog or website
2. Create a "tracker" for that file on your webserver so that your downloaders can find each other
3. Create a "seed" copy of your download so that your first downloader has a place to download from

Many of you have blogs and websites, but dont have the resources to set up a tracker. In the new version, we've created an optional 'trackerless' method of publication. Anyone with a website and an Internet connection can host a BitTorrent download!

[...]

Although still in Beta release, the trackerless version of BitTorrent, and the latest production version are available at http://www.bittorrent.com/

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Awesome. This should blow the doors right off of the whole "DIY content distribution" debacle. The value add here for sites like Prodigem and others is not only providing a place to up torrents to, or hosting, but also some sort of editorializing. Someone's gotta go though all that noise to find some signal... ;)

Of course "illegal" filesharing will go nuts as well, but that's another issues entirely. ;)

Azureus beat Bram to the punch with the ability to have trackerless torrent with the most recent version of their engine, that came out about 2-3 weeks ago.

The problem now is that Azureus and the "official" BT client use different algorithms for the trackerless clients and therefore might lead to incompatibility issues.

Eek! Is this a fork? Is there some developers list where people talk about BT protocols?

I am curious about Prodigem.
How do they keep people not paying from downloading contents?
Is such mechanism built in BitTorrent?

The times are changing and God bless you for helping to catalyze the process. No joke.

It is not a fork. Just appears that Bram and the Azureus developers did not communicate about their algorithm selections prior to implementation. Hopefully it works out in the end and that there is no incompatibility isues.

BitTorrent was never a standard, not even a de facto standard. It was just an open source project that others mimicked. Well, now they are saying 'fork you' to each other. Nothing new except we'll see a lot of confusion ahead which just creates a window of opportunity for the next neato project.

To the prodigem question above- first, most of the content on Prodigem is free and downloadable by all. As for the for-sale content, within tracker'd BitTorrents, you must contact the tracker to begin downloading content. If you are a paid customer, we let you proceed, otherwise we return an error message with the URL where purchase can be made.

Thank you, Mr. Lerhaupt.
So, the trackers are customized so that payment system works and that is one of Prodigem's core competences, isn't it?

>Thank you, Mr. Lerhaupt.
>So, the trackers are customized so that payment system >works and that is one of Prodigem's core competences, >isn't it?

That may be true but if any of the downloaders are Shareaza then then the tracker will be bypassed and the clients will share the file with you.

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