A growing number of individuals and organizations are using BitTorrent to distribute their own or licensed material. Independent adopters report[1] that without using BitTorrent technology, and its dramatically reduced demands on networking hardware and bandwidth, they could not afford to distribute their files.

Film, video and music Edit

  • BitTorrent Inc. has amassed a number of licenses from Hollywood studios for distributing popular content at the company's website.
  • Sub Pop Records releases tracks and videos via BitTorrent Inc.[2] to distribute its 1000+ albums. The band Ween uses the website[3] to distribute free audio and video recordings of live shows. Furthermore, Babyshambles and The Libertines (both bands associated with Pete Doherty) have extensively used torrents to distribute hundreds of demos and live videos.
  • Podcasting software is starting to integrate BitTorrent to help podcasters deal with the download demands of their MP3 "radio" programs. Specifically, Juice and Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player) support automatic processing of .torrent files from RSS feeds. Similarly, some BitTorrent clients, such as µTorrent, are able to process web feeds and automatically download content found within them.


  • In 2008 CBC became the first public broadcaster in North America to make a full show (Canada's Next Great Prime Minister) available for download using BitTorrent.[4]
  • The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) have since March 2008 experimented with bittorrent distribution from this site. Only selected material in which NRK owns all royalties are published. Responses have been very positive, and NRK is planning to offer more content.

Personal material Edit

  • The Amazon S3 "Simple Storage Service" is a scalable Internet-based storage service with a simple web service interface, equipped with built-in BitTorrent support.
  • Blog Torrent offers a simplified BitTorrent tracker to enable bloggers and non-technical users to host a tracker on their site. Blog Torrent also allows visitors to download a "stub" loader, which acts as a BitTorrent client to download the desired file, allowing users without BitTorrent software to use the protocol.[5] This is similar to the concept of a self-extracting archive.

Software Edit

  • Many major open source and free software projects encourage BitTorrent as well as conventional downloads of their products to increase availability and reduce load on their own servers.

Games Edit

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