Here at FSF, we’re always on the lookout for the next big BitTorrent idea. From the latest hot new trackers to the discovery of torrent utilities & online services, we try to cover it all. Here we present you with 10 new & exciting BitTorrent projects that are currently underway: BitSmash, Top-Trackers, BirdTorrent, FreeTorrentHosting, MinTorrent, TorrentPump, FreshTorrents, Torrentshare, SpaTorrent and TorrentHub. Enjoy the read!
The BitSmash Project
Update: Feb. 23/09 - Unfortunately, the BitSmash project has been retired.
BitSmash.com is a centralized statistics and research project for BitTorrent, primarily for public trackers and their torrents. How it works: BitSmash collects stats from the trackers of a given torrent (i.e. ”tracker.thepiratebay.org” - not the public site that is it hosted on). Users may enter a torrent name (or release name, such as “Outlander”), and BitSmash will show tracker stats for the most popular torrents; and results can be sorted by number of downloads, seeders and health (combination of seeds & peers).
Magnet Links: Torrent ‘magnet links’ can also be entered into a search; results will be specific to a particular torrent. On many torrent sites, you’ll notice a “magnet link” download option. If you copy/paste the magnet link (URI) into the BitSmash search, BitSmash will produce the public trackers, detailed statistics, and the available torrent download locations - specific only to that torrent.
Say, for example, that Mininova shut down today. While the database of torrents that Mininova hosted would be gone, the torrents are still very much alive and well on the BitTorrent network, because of the public trackers. Since Mininova is mostly just an indexer, and only uses its tracker for their “Featured torrents” section (aka ‘legal torrents’), the loss of Mininova would have little impact on the BitTorrent world (aside from seed/peer numbers, and even these would all but rebound completely through other sites). However, if ThePirateBay were to close up, it would affect most of Mininova’s torrents tremendously (and the entire public community), because TPB runs the largest tracker in the world. BitSmash can provide alternative download spots for a torrent, as well as additional trackers - in the event that a torrent indexer or tracker goes offline.
Features: Searching (torrent name, torrent URL, magnet link, release name); tracker index; maps; API search; seed/peer/download stats; history & blacklist. Really, there’s too much to explain what info BitSmash can provide - if you’re a torrent geek, go check it out.
Top-Trackers.com is an exciting new private tracker indexer, brought to us by the torrent forum at http://tracker-invites.us. Top-Trackers is just that: Users can submit, rate and comment on private trackers - the one with the highest vote count is presented at the top of the list. While the site is absolutely brand-new, there’s only 35 trackers currently listed. Tracker info consists of:
- • Open or closed signups (although this is not ‘live’ info).
- • Tracker country of origin (or hosting location).
- • Torrent categories (appz, movies, games, etc.)
- • List of user comments for each.
BirdTorrent for Songbird
Anthony Hughes, the developer behind BirdTorrent has finally worked out most of the major kinks in his latest version 0.5.0 (released Feb. 6th, 09). BirdTorrent is an addon for Songbird that allow users to search for, find and download torrents directly into their music libraries - all from the Songbird media player. There’s still some bugs, so look for a 0.6.0 version soon.
As OpenBostonMedia reported, “Hughes has indicated his goal for Birdtorrent is to make music downloads as easy to manage in Songbird as iTunes music store downloads are in iTunes. (Of course, neither Apple, nor EMI, nor Sony, nor Warner will be taking any money out of your wallet when you use Birdtorrent)”.
FreeTorrentHosting allows users to share their torrents online with anyone! Simply upload your torrent, and share the URL link with whom you wish. [TIP: It helps if you seed your torrent - i.e. create the .torrent file in uTorrent, and add public tracker(s) to the list]. Here’s a few:
NOTE: The “Maximum filesize” is 1 MB, but remember - this is a .torrent file (all others are not allowed). You’ll be hard pressed to generate or find an actual torrent file larger than this. Also note: If you’re using above public trackers in the list, it takes time for them to update the torrent.
Another free torrent hosting service that recently launched is MinTorrent.se. It’s a Nordic site, so brush up on your Swedish first. Either that, or use Google’s translating service to get the gist - here’s the link. However, it won’t really help since you’ll need to login to MinTorrent, which isn’t easily translated online. We assume you’ll figure it out with a few trial-and-error translations.
TIP: Translate their ”Hjälp” (Help) link - or click here.
MinTorrent Says: “With the help of mintorrent.se, you can very quickly and easily harness the power of bittorrent to transfer many small and large files to one or more persons. You need to fill in “something” in the tracker field, but do not worry about any other settings where this is set automatically when the upload.”
We have no idea where TorrentPump came from, but they came. They’re off the hook! Why it’s so popular, we could only speculate - err, actually we can’t. When searching, it links you to other pages, and then other pages - this, like, umm, like totally blows. Obviously popular among the 11-16 demography - can somebody please clue me in to this recent popularity at TorrentPump? WTF am I missing here? I’m not kidding.
FreshTorrents is a small application for Linux that allows you to browse for popular torrents. It provides you with an alternative view on popular, cheap (bandwidth-wise) and new torrents giving you infinite filtering freedom. You can find new torrents with an high amount of seeders/leechers. The weighing of what is important to you (number of seeders, number of leechers, age) is in your hands.
TorrentShare.pl is a new online torrent utility, billed as the Internet’s first free 1-Click torrent-hoster, file-hoster and seedbox service - all rolled into one. Users can host their files with TorrentShare, where a DDL (direct download link) and a .torrent file is generated; both of which can be shared with anyone. Completely browser-based, there’s no software to install and the created DDL and torrent links are not announced.
** At present time, we do not recommend you sign up for a paid service. (Check their forums, you’ll see why). FSF signed up for their “48 hour” plan for € 3 (Euro) and we were unable to use the account whatsoever. This was two weeks ago, and we still haven’t heard back from the owner.
SpaTorrent.com is a new Spanish public torrent indexer, but even has eD2k links for many of its offerings. The site is entirely graphic - there’s no actual text listing for releases, just screenshots that link to a download page. Get your AdBlock+ FireFox plugin ready - you’ll need it.
If there’s one thing that the Internet is not lacking in, it’s public torrent indexers. However, TorrentHub.org does look extremely promising for such a new site. At last check, the categories didn’t work, and neither did the search. We’ll update this once they get it all fixed.
Hope you like my idea guys, thanks sharky for this great article !
The songbird one looks interesting!
Nice article sharky
Birdtorrent won’t install unless your on linux, what bullshit
ha suck it winblows/macfags
Enjoy all the awesome games and programs for linux, linux dousche
What about http://torrentzen.com/ ?
DOS 5.00 Says:
DOS 5.00 FTW!! WINBLOWS LUSERS, MACFAGGERS N LINFUX WANKOS!!
King Jing Says:
Torrent hub just links to mininova pages… This can not be considered a true indexer.
At least host your own torrents or something. But just shamelessly link to mininova is just… well, shameless.
top-trackers = torrentking.org with a more fancy design and less info/possibilities.
I am not that impressed. and its not a new idea, since my site torrentking does the exact same thing, and have done for a long time, the only thing that stands out on top trackers is the design, which is a template that i could apply to torrentking if i wished.
User submitted trackers.
Trackers ranked after user ratings.
Trackers irc channels
Trackers rss feeds.
shame on you sharky.
@ Simplicity . You are kind of consumpted because top-trackers.com is way over your site ?
i understand you , and you heave good reasons to be .
Let’s see what top-trackers offers :
* Rating trackers(1 to 5 stars , not just a simple rating as your site .)
* User comments
* User submitted trackers
* Trackers categories description
* Trackers ranked by user ratings
* Site stats .
*Clean design , not hot ads
* Easy Navigation
And , please remember that is just a beta release , not having still all the features we want to have , not YET
Hmm , do you think having trackers rss feeds and irc channels does make the difference ?
You are verry wrong if thinking this way
Ah , and should we talk about the accuracy of the data provided by your site ?
Well , taking a random tracker we see :
Url: Docs.torrents.ro - http://docs.torrents.ro/
User rating: 3.93 (Rate) -  People Has Rated this tracker!
Alexa Rank: 23453
Login: Registration is required in order to use this torrent tracker.
Date Added: 2006-11-28 09:48:37 (date added to this site)
Last Change: 0000-00-00 00:00:00 (Last update on tracker information)
Irc: No Irc
Language: romanian - romanian
No description submitted for this tracker.
What can i say , you have to do more than that
Good luck to modify your site , and to bring it to the present
Trackers ranked by user ratings < torrentking
User comments < - torrentking
User submitted trackers < — torrentking
and its no trouble to get the same design and features as on top trackers, i can just dl the template and apply it to my list. no need to do any coding or anything..
and regarding the info, it is mostly user submitted, and i do not go through 1000+ sites weekly or monthly to check the status on the sites, it is very easy to maintain a list of 50 or 100 trackers but try it with over a 1000 sites at once.
There is nothing new in top trackers, all done and all seen before, that was simply my point, and i have nothing against other tracker sites, but proclaiming to be new and different when offering nothing new, is just lame.
Also i would like to ask what does advertising for a adult dating site has to do with anything, top trackers advertise for google spam, and top trackers doesnt even offer to explain what language the site is on.
also top trackers only list 45-50 trackers how embarrassing.
And you would be surprised to know how many people that actually find it very useful being able to find irc channels for the sites.
And if you do find in accurate information on torrentking feel free to email me the correct info. since i still find it hard to manually check 1000+ sites.
and also what site stats are you talking about, i dont see any on top trackers.
clean design ? its a bloody ripoff, i can have the same design on my site if i wished, but i am not that lame.
besides 10000s of new features is coming to torrentking, this is only the beginning. HAHA
i have nothing about top trackers, it looks good, but making lame statements like it is a new torrent idea is false.
you are just consumpted , that’s all
Anyway , the users that visits both sites will decide which one is better .
If i where you , i would mind my own business and i would try to improve my own site , not to cry out other sites that you see as a menace to you
Have a good day , and i wish you good luck to other 9999 thinks that remain to improve to your site
i made a comment about the article, because i felt it was wrong, normally i do not have any trouble what so ever with other sites related to mine, i try to help out them all, and cooperate with most of them.
it is how the article is put out for top trackers to be some brand new cool idea, when it is in fact just old stuff in a free template.
and i am strongly aware of the lackings on my site, also why i keep developing on it. and trying to find new ways of gathering information.
You see , this is what you got wrong , not the ideea its self is new , but the site particullary is ,that’s all .
“However, if ThePirateBay were to close up, it would affect most of Mininova’s torrents tremendously (and the entire public community)”
TPB may be a public tracker that all the private tracker people don’t care about or like anymore (Not me personally), but it is in my opinion the heart of the torrent world. Or maybe the brain
They are the ones in the battle field fighting the MPAA/RIAA. They are the ones who ignore any take down requests and fight back at every chance. They never ask for money or anything really. They just want people to keep torrenting.
They also support so many other sites with their tracker, thank god they have the setup to support it all.
If they went down torrenting would seriously die, or come close. All Sweden based site would be gone, and a lot of site that are “legal” would crash. Luckily TPB can’t be taken down, they’ve taken a lot of precautions.
http://www.toptracker.ro <– looks familiar ?
They are the ones in the battle field fighting the MPAA/RIAA.
If they went down torrenting would seriously die, or come close.
–Meh. Private trackers wouldn’t be affected whatsoever. Public trackers, however would have a difficult time adjusting (but it would happen). When OiNK got shut down, it looked like the end of an era for music in the BitTorrent world - the fact is, it only strengthened the community; with great sites such as What.cd and Waffles to rise out of the ashes. If the lights go out on TPB for good, look for other public trackers (trackers - not ’sites’) to fill the gap. Does everyone already forget LokiTorrent? As TF says, it’s the Hydra Effect. Long live BitTorrent.
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