The Lowdown on BitTorrent

What is it?
BitTorrent is a file sharing system that lets you download really big files quickly.

How does it work?
Instead of downloading a file directly from another persons computer to yours, one person has the file and lets others download chunks of it bit by bit and each chunk that a person downloads is then passed on to the next person and so on and so forth. Its like a daisy chain.

Whats so good about it?

If lots of people are downloading a file, the chances of you being able to jump on and get it are greater than if you had to seek out that one person who has the complete file.
Can I download anything I want then?
Not quite. There are illegal torrents out there, but the BitTorrent community ismaturing with age. The BitTorrent Entertainment Network has recently been announced, and will let you download movies for as little as three dollars.

Ok where do I start?

You will need a BitTorrent client program to download torrents to start with.
You can get the official one at, but I particularly like uTorrent from
Once you have installed it you can click on bittorrent links at websites and it will open the program and them minimize the window so you can use your pc while continuing to download.

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