Many Internet users are turning to torrents for their, eh, “file sharing” needs. Torrents allow one user to download parts of a file from dozens of others, meaning incredibly fast download speeds and consistent quality. If you’re new to the world of torrents, here are a few sites that will help you get started.
A super-small and super-fast torrent client, uTorrent has tools that let you optimize your connection as well as a whole bunch of resources for new torrent users. There are also numerous links to places where you can find torrents.
Brian’s Bittorrent Faq and Guide
If you’re new to bittorrents, you’re going to hear a lot of words like “tracker” and “seeding” that you don’t understand at all. Even fairly experienced torrent users usually have a few questions, and Brian’s Bittorrent Faq and Guide can probably answer them. You can also find tutorials on many different subjects and a plethora of useful links, all in plain, easy to understand text.
This site can help you test your connection to make sure you’re running at an optimal speed for torrents. It’s a useful tool when used in conjunction with some of the other tools on this list.
TorrentFreak’s Guide to Creating Torrents
This page will let you know the basics of getting your own torrents up and running, enable you to share files through a multitude of different torrent sites. Since some of those trackers force you to maintain a reasonable upload-to-download ratio, it’s an important skill to learn if you want to stay an active member of the Internet’s torrent communities.
The Pirate Bay
The most famous torrent site is also the best public source for torrents available. You’ll be able to find nearly anything you want on The Pirate Bay, though the speed of downloads varies pretty wildly. Finding software is particularly easy, and there are also movies, albums, and pretty much everything else you can think of. The Pirate Bay kind of prides itself on the amount illegal material they link to, so if you’re not keen on stealing movies or music, be sure to know what you’re getting into before opening up torrents.
This is another great search engine for torrents, with over one million torrents indexed. It can be handy when you’re trying to find a particular elusive file and you aren’t having much luck. Ditto on the illegal material warning, by the way–torrent spy, and any public tracker, really, will have a ton of illegal content.