Previously on PlaybackTime I’ve discussed PeerCast and Carnegie Mellon University’s ESM, both peer-to-peer streaming systems.
BitTorrent is an open-source (under the extremely generous MIT license) protocol (its URIs begin with “torrent://”) for peer-to-peer file sharing rather than peer-to-peer streaming. But as with PeerCast and EMS, the bandwidth burden is intelligently distributed amongst clients. BitTorrent been around for a while, but a much-improved 3.1 version has just been introduced, and recently it’s been gaining momentum as a method for sharing digital media.
BitTorrent clients are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. | BitTorrent home | BitTorrent development home