BitTorrent consumes 35% of internet traffic

A new report suggests that BitTorrent accounts for up to 35% of all internet traffic. Although popular among peer-to-peer pirates, BitTorrent is also widely used to legitimately distribute larger files like Linux ISOs, movie trailers, and game demos. Since BitTorrent makes no attempt to mask the identity of those sharing files, it may eventually fall out of favor with pirates. Thanks to Slashdot for the tip.

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    • MorgZ
    • 15 years ago

    doesnt steam use a v.similar protocol to bit torrent? i thought valve employed the writer of bit torrent?!?

      • h3dges
      • 15 years ago

      ya Stream is a variante of BT. And Blizzard have been shipping out Beta CD’s and Update for there upcomming mmorpg WoW.

    • jae
    • 15 years ago

    Whats a good client?

    • Division 3
    • 15 years ago

    The effects of lawsuites by the RIAA I say and other organizations

    • Spotpuff
    • 15 years ago

    Webtorrent looks really promising too (a BT style setup for webpages so site owners don’t get owned on bandwidth). The only problem there is BT isn’t designed for small files, but I’m sure somone will figure out a way around it; he benefits are too good to ignore.

      • GodsMadClown
      • 15 years ago

      The latency is kinda inherent in the model. For an example of why the distributed bandwidth model is not ideal for webpages, try using Freeweb. The technology is just not there yet.

        • Spotpuff
        • 15 years ago

        Very true; it takes a while to download things, but maybe someone can figure out a way around it 😛 there’s no reason a small file transfer should take a while… but yeah i agree, there are problems, but people always tend to solve them too 🙂

    • PRIME1
    • 15 years ago

    I have used BT for Linux ISO’s. It works great when a new distro comes out and it’s nice to be giving something back in return by sharing my bandwidth.

    Just let it run over night and you have a bunch of Linux CD’s, plus you helped other people download the files.

    • SpotTheCat
    • 15 years ago

    yep. BT is a favorite among site owners too, because much of the upload bandwidth is offset to users.

    it’s popularity is especially prevelent in areas with large files that come out periodicly, so everyone knows when to get it, so there are as many people connected to a tracker as possible so it can be as efficiant as possible

    • adisor19
    • 15 years ago

    Hey hey hey 😀 keeping in mind that just tonight i’ve got 15Gigs comming in, it’s not surprise hehe

    Adi

    • emkubed
    • 15 years ago

    That’s amazing. I torrent demos and trailers all the time.

    Whats the official % that spam takes up?

      • meanfriend
      • 15 years ago

      I seen reports where IIRC ~60% of all email is spam (almost double from last year). But how much of all traffic is email? About 10-20% I think. So maybe 5-10% of all traffic is spam…

      I too am amazed that BT would account for a third of all traffic…

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