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Top 20 p2p and BitTorrent Search Engines for 2008

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  1. Invisible

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    1. Bitsoup Bitsoup is a growing favorite amongst P2P downloaders. As the trend towards private torrent sharing continues, you will need to signup and join as a member to participate in the Bitsoup swarm.
    2. Snarf It! (born from previous Suprnova influences)
    3. BiteNova (formerly known as “Bi-Torrents”, BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.)
    4. Demonoid.com is back online! After legal conflicts in April of 2008, they have reestablished themselves outside of the USA, and have resumed torrent operations. Demonoid is still a private community, and members are held liable for any leeching that their invited friends do in this community. If you are lucky enough to get a Demonoid membership, invite your friends carefully, lest you lose your own membership. FYI, I (Invisible) am a member here!
    5. Torrentportal.com
    6. Isohunt.com (In a shocking turn of the tables this September, the Isohunt webmaster is counter-suing the Canadian music industry. He is claiming that previous copyright violation suits against him were unfounded, and that he is entitled to have his legal expenses recovered. Read the entire story at isoHunt - the BitTorrent and P2P search engine)
    7. Torrentscan.com (a “meta-search” engine, which is a search engine that searches other search engines)
    8. Torrentmatrix.com
    9. YouTorrent.com Still in beta testing format, this new torrent site claims to be the largest legal torrent search engine today. Accordingly, the result sets are much smaller than the “pirate” counterparts, but definitely try this site for yourself.
    10. Torrentz.com (special thanks to reader, Jonathan R., for this link)
    11. Torrents.to
    12. FileMP3.org
    13. Mininova.org has 190,000 torrents indexed as of April, 2007. Mininova is the successor to Suprnova, one of the original big torrent databases of the Web.
    14. Torrentspy.com March 24, 2008: Torrentspy has voluntarily closed its doors. Instead of conforming to the American court mandates to change their privacy policies, the Torrentspy team has opted instead to cease operations. A sad day for downloaders everywhere.
    15. Torrentreactor.to (Torrentreactor has made a comeback from a hijacking and an uncooperative hosting service. They have moved to a different server setup and a Tonga country domain outside the USA. Read the details on their home page.)
    16. Torrentbox.com FYI: like Isohunt, Torrentbox is being sued by the MPAA as of February 28, 2006. The days for this fine search engine may be numbered.
    17. BTjunkie
    18. TorrentTyphoon.com (a unique bittorrent meta-search engine that searches several of the most popular sites. Unfortunately, it does not do a good job categorizing the torrent files themselves)
    19. Yotoshi.com
    20. The Pirate Bay (Pirate Bay, by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Pirate Bay has an immense database of 600,000+ torrents, the largest database at this time.)
      (May 31, 2006: The Pirate Bay has been shut down by Swedish authorities. Details are available on the Pirate Bay home page.)
      (June 2006: The Pirate Bay has restarted operations, now that the police have duplicated the PB hard drives for forensic purposes. Enjoy this database while it is still around, folks!)
    Any comments?
     
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    ndio nini hizi, ni zaidi ya google na yahoo? kwangu misamiati na ni mashkolo mageni.
     
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    Bit Torrent search engines have been in the news a lot lately. There have been always issues with sites like the Pirate Bay who find it really hard to get out of the news, and with a blog called TorrentFreak you are now able to track all this new instantly. Below are the top 5 bit torrent trackers if you are looking to get your hands on all the free music, games or movies you can get.

    • Isohunt.com - If you want to use this tremendous Canadian site, you better use it while you can. Note: any torrent listed as “ISOhunt release” means that it is a file verified by the administrators…a nice feature to help you get authentic torrents, not fake files.)
    • The Pirate Bay - by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Pirate Bay also has an immense database of 600,000+ torrents, the single largest database available on the web.
    • Torrentspy.com - March 24, 2008: Torrentspy has voluntarily closed its doors. Instead of conforming to the American court mandates to change their privacy policies, the Torrentspy team has opted instead to cease operations. A sad day for downloaders everywhere.
    • Torrentscan.com - (a meta-search engine: Torrenscan is a search engine that searches other torrent search engines)
    • Bitsoup - Bitsoup is a growing favorite amongst P2P downloaders. As the trend towards private torrent sharing continues, you will need to signup and join as a member to participate in the Bitsoup swarm.
    Torrents are a growing industry and if you take the above top 5 torrent trackers and put their traffic together, they are larger than Google.
     
  4. Mtaalam

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    hahaha hmama umenichekesha kweli....hehehe hiyo yote kwako ni misamiati??loh!
     
  5. Invisible

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    Mkuu Mtaalam, wengi hawajui Torrents ni nini na tofauti ya Torrents na Search Engines.

    Ni vema kuwaelewesha na inapotokea mtu anahitaji maelezo zaidi basi tushirikiane kueleweshana
     
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    ni mashkolo mageni.
     
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    Mama,
    Mashikolo ndiyo nini? Neno limekaa kama KIJAPAN (Yashika......)

    Invisible, keep it up. Fungua watu macho bila ya uchoyo wala dharau.
     
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    Ahh, swali kidogo.
    Hivi hizi torrents zinapishana vipi na P2P? Maana huwa naziogopa sana kwani kulikuwa na wakati Wazee wa mji walikuwa wanapiga hodi nyumbani na kubeba kila kitu na wewe unawahishwa hapo Lupango. Wasiwasi wangu ni kuwa je huko siachi IP namba yangu na au sintakuwa nawapa watu wengine nafasi ya kuingia kwenye computer yangu na kuchukua mafaili kama miziki na hapo niwe nimevunja sheria?????
     
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    Sio ki-Japan, ni ki-Sukuma.
     
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    Kumbe hujui Kisukuma!! Nilijua utanielewa nasema nini. Hata hivyo asante kwa jibu. Yashika pia ni Kisukuma ila Kijapan YASHICA ni jina la Kamera.
     
  12. Invisible

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    After reading Sikonge's comment I said to myself "I have to bring out something to make things clear".

    * BitTorrent (protocol), a peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) communications protocol
    * BitTorrent client, a program that downloads files using the BitTorrent protocol
    * BitTorrent, Inc., an American corporation that develops Internet content distribution technology based on the BitTorrent protocol
    * BitTorrent (software), the official BitTorrent client.
    * BitTorrent DNA (Delivery Network Accelerator)

    Sharing music online: some musicians hate it, some musicians love it. It's barely legal in the USA. It has been largely unenforced in Canada. And millions of people do it every day, regardless.

    Copyright warning. Unless you live in Canada, you must understand that copyright laws are commonly violated by P2P sharing. If you download a song, movie, or TV show, you do risk a civil lawsuit. Canadians are somewhat protected from these lawsuits because of a Canadian federal court ruling, but not residents of the USA or most parts of Europe and Asia. This lawsuit risk is a reality, and you must accept this risk if you choose to download P2P files.It's called "Peer-to-Peer Sharing" (P2P). It's based on the cooperative sharing of thousands of individual users. It works by having participants voluntarily install special file-sharing software on their machines. Once that P2P software is in place, these users start to trade music MP3 and AVI files of their favorite songs and movies. The sharing works by each user sharing little bits at a time. No charge, no cost...it's almost as easy as doing a Google search.

    This file trading, called "uploading and downloading", is the core of the P2P online community. Although the files are commonly large (from 5 megabytes to 5 gigabytes), P2P software can make your bandwidth connection achieve amazing speeds. For millions of people, it is possible to download an entire music CD in under an hour, and an entire movie in under 3 hours.

    The great controversy is over copyright and money: that music and movie artists claim that they are not paid rightfully when users share files without the artists' express permission. In Canada, court arguments have been made that it is half-legal...Canadians can download music, but not upload it, and the CRIA authorities should not be necessarily allowed to view the names of ISP users who P2P. In other parts of the world like the USA, the UK, Australia, and Europe, file sharers will get sued in class-action lawsuits, often for tens of thousands of dollars. In a couple of intimidation cases, the governments of Australia and Britain actually charged some file sharers in crown prosecutions. Yet despite these frightening law court actions, millions of people still trade files every day.

    This controversial habit started with the most famous of P2P networks, "Napster 1.0". Napster flourished from 1999 to 2002, and enjoyed 70 million users trading music. At its peak in 2002, Napster was estimated to have 85% of the college students in the USA participating in some way in online music trading.

    Something sad happened to Napster in 2002: the Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster for copyright infringement, and ordered 250,000 songs removed from its P2P community.

    How to Download Torrents

    1. You use special Torrent search engines to find .torrent text files around the Net. A .torrent text file functions as a special pointer to locate a specific file and the swarm of people currently sharing that file. These .torrent files vary from 15kb to 150kb file size, and are published by serious Torrent sharers around the world. Find a torrent program that will suit your needs, the most common clients are uTorrent, Azureus, BitTorrent, or Opera. Some other torrents are LimeWire and FrostWire. You can also download torrents without the need to download any software, by looking at this WikiHow Article, which actually works through any firewall or school, ISP, company or third party throttling. There are plenty of other clients available as well. Follow the instructions on downloading and installing your chosen client.
    2. You download the desired .torrent file to your drive (this takes about 5 seconds per .torrent file at cable modem speeds). Once you have found the desired file on the torrent site, click the "Download This Torrent" (or however they word it). Usually, the web browser's file download manager will ask what to do with this file. You want to open the file with your torrent program. If it doesn't open that way, just save the .torrent file to an easy to locate place. Then open your torrent client and use the "Open Torrent" feature.
    3. You open the .torrent file into your Torrent software. Usually, this is as simple as a a double-click on the .torrent file icon, and the client software auto-launches. In other cases, this software will even open the Torrent file for you. The download will start automatically. You may now go and do something to pass the time, because torrents do not require your attention and will download in the background.
    4. The Torrent client software will now talk to a tracker server for 2 to 10 minutes, while it scours the Internet for people to swarm with. Specifically, the client and tracker server will search for other users who have the same exact .torrent file as you.
    5. As the tracker locates Torrent users to swarm with, each user will be automatically labeled as either a “leech/peer” or as a ''seed" (users who have only part of the target file, versus users who have the complete target file). As you might guess, the more seeds you connect to, the faster your download will be. Commonly, 10 peers/leeches and 3 seeders is a good swarm for downloading a single song/movie.
    6. The client software then begins the transfer. As the name “sharing” implies, every transfer will happen in both directions, “down” and “up” (leech and share).
      *SPEED EXPECTATION: Cable and DSL modem users can expect an average of 25 megabytes per hour, sometimes slower if the swarm is small with less than 2 seeders. On a good day with a big swarm, however, you can download a 5MB song within 3 minutes, and a 900MB movie within 60 minutes.
    7. Once the transfer is complete, leave your Torrent client software running for at least two hours. This is called "seeding" or "good karma", where you share your complete files to other users.
      Suggestion: do your downloads just before you go to sleep at night. This way, you will seed your complete files, you will increase your upload/download ratio, and you will have complete downloaded files by the time you wake up!
    8. Movie and music plug-ins: you will likely need to install media players and updated codec converters to play your downloads:
      • e.g Windows Media Player, DivX, RealAudio, Daemon Tools Virtual CD/DVD.
      • e.g. XP Codec Pack and other coder-decoder converters.

    9. Enjoy your movies and songs!
    10. Fair warning: you will want a second hard drive once you start serious Torrent downloading. Songs and movies require large disk space, and an average P2P user commonly has 20 to 40 GB of media files at any one time. A second 250GB hard drive is common for serious P2P users, and the recent low prices on hard drives make it a good investment.
    Tips

    • You can close your torrent program and turn off your computer when you need to. Most torrent programs will resume download process automatically when you start them back up. If the download doesn't resume automatically, there should be an option to start downloading, by either right clicking on the file and choose "Start" or a button somewhere in the program.
    • There are other torrent clients (programs) that can be used so do your research on these also. The most popular torrent programs are uTorrent, Azureus and BitTorrent.
    • When looking for torrent files, try to find ones with plenty of Seeders. When searching for torrents, you can often sort the results by seeds, simply by clicking on the seeds column header.
    • Seeders (Seeds): Are people who have a complete copy of the torrent's files and are only uploading (sending) data to the people who are downloading (peers).
    • Leechers (Peers): Are people who have a portion of the torrent's files while they are downloading they are actively uploading to help other download more quickly.
    • Torrents are an excellent way to get the latest games, software, tv shows or movies at very high speeds.
    Warnings:

    • Downloading torrents can slow your computer down depending on well your computer performs. Recommended specs for each client vary, but on average you should have at least 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz CPU. You will also need space for the files you want to save.
    • In certain juridictions it is illegal to download content through peer to peer networks such as bittorrent. There is a program which blocks certain IP addresses from communicating with your computer and can help protect you while downloading. PeerGuardian can be found at: phoenixlabs.org/pg2or [1]
    • Keep your anti-virus program and its definitions fully up-to-date, downloaded software from 'sharing' sources carries a high risk of infection.
    • Downloading torrents can slow your overall internet connection down if you don't properly tweak your upload rate. DSL and Cable modems have problems downloading if you're uploading at your maximum rate. Set your clients maximum rate to 80% of your maximum upload rate if you can adjust it. If you set your upload rate too low, your downloads will slow to a crawl.
    That's why I download em torrents for you and test em before bringing them to you.
     
  13. Abdulhalim

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    Hizi torrent clients/software ni aina ya wizi wa kimtandao, ambapo mwanachama hutumia software mahususi kushare mafaili mbalimbali na wanachama wenngine duniani waliounganishwa na mtandao.

    Hii ni technology maalum kwa wale wapenda chee, wanaopenda kuvuna wasipopanda.

    Beware kabla hujaamua kuvunja sheria
     
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    Inafurahisha kule juu unapigana na ufisadi wezi wa mali za umma halafu huku chini unatetea p2p hii haiendani kabisa watanzania badilikeni jamani jueni kwamba wanaotengeneza software hizo wanatakiwa walipwe kwa jitihada zao
     
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    Shy,
    Inategemea unafanyia nini hizi Programs. Kama unasoma tu na kutumia nyumbani sidhani kama wanapata hasara. Shida inaanza ukifungua kampuni halafu uwe na hizi progam feki. Wakikumata UTAPEWA SIKU SABA, na baada ya hapo UKIONE CHA MTEMA KUNI.
     
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    hata kama unaende kutumia kwenye charity kama inatakiwa inunuliwe wewe unaitaka kwa ujanja huo , hicho kitendo ni cha kihalifu
     
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    Halafu mnalalamika mbona ict haikuwi mbona hakuna ajira sasa fikiria unavyopata software hizo kwa njia hizo utakuwa umeziba ajira za watu wangapi ? Umeikosesha serikali mapato kiasi gani kama ungeamua kwenda kununua dukani upewe na risiti ?
     
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    Duh,

    The way ulivyoandika nikaangalia katika walioandika NANI hasa alitetea wizi. Unamlenga nani hasa? Manake unavyoandika ni as if kuna mtu kasema "Nendeni mkaibe".

    Hivi unataka wewe peke yako ndo ujue nini maana ya P2P na Torrents? Hao wasiojua ndio maana wamepewa maana yake, umuhimu wake na ubaya wake tena huku wakipewa na ONYO juu ya matumizi ya Torrents hizo.

    Tatizo ninaloliona zaidi ni wewe kuandika "Watanzania badilikeni" ilhali unajua hii teknolojia haikuanzia Tanzania.

    Be frank, kitu gani katika masuala ya ICT unachotumia wewe ambacho ni GENUINE? Usifiche... Hakuna ubishi kuwa ulimwengu tulio nao ndio huu na kuendelea kuwaficha watu ili tuonekane sisi tunajua ilhali tunakopi via P2P na kuonekana 'wataalam' haipendezi. Ni kuwa wazi, mtu kama anajaribu kitu akijaribu at his/her own risk na ukiwa unampa na risks za kitu husika.

    Ndiyo maana mimi (ambaye najua wazi ndiye unanilenga) nikaweka hiyo warning hii:

    Au ulitaka niitafsiri kwa kiswahili mkuu?

    Najua huwezi kukubaliana nami katika lolote hata siku moja!
     
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    Wabongo Bwana..

    Kweli ndivyo tulivyo!
     
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