Bittorrent and the Shins

So if you are still afraid of Bittorrent, now would be a good time to get your feet wet. The software has gotten easier to use, the hype about it has gone down a bit, and more importantly, there are more sources for downloading files than ever. Still don't believe me? Follow these two steps:

1) Download a Bittorrent client. I recommend uTorrent because it walks you through how to set it up. You can also download the original Bitorrent client. Another popular one is Azureus.
2) Find some files to download. Instead of downloading the file directly, you download the torrent package file which contains the file (or a bunch of files). You don't have to worry about all that though. Just download .torrent files and open them using your software from step 1, and it should take care of all that stuff.

Some popular places to get torrent files are:
Bittorrent (they try to stay legal)
The Pirate Bay (they try to stay illegal)
Oink Music Site (invite only site, but very good)

To start you off here is a link to download the new Shins music video, "Phantom Limb".

Oh and if you are wondering what makes Bittorrent so useful:
1) it keeps files organized as packages (good for albums)
2) as the popularity of a torrent goes up, the faster your download becomes. look for torrents with lots of seeders (people sharing the file).

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Doruk (not verified) says:

I use BitTornado. It doesn't look as intuitive as the other stuff you have linked but it gets the job done. Downside: eats up a lot of CPU power so it's hard to have it running in the background with multiple DLs.

I would get another client besides the original because it can't handle torrents with many many files.

As for finding torrents, I recommend I think it searches across different sites and aggregates them somehow so you probably get access to more seeders.

Torrents are great! I've been using them for downloading for several years now although I did get slapped on the wrist one time. Be careful downloading stuff from the Teaching Company!


T T C Downloader (not verified) says:

Why be careful downloading stuff form the Teaching Company? Is there any risk? What do you mean by "getting slapped on the wrist"?

Please answer, I'm really curious!