Here’s some exciting news for movie fads and gaming enthusiasts. Adding to the line of file storage services,BitTorrent, the popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, has just launched a new service that lets you sync files across multiple computers. The service, called BitTorrentSync, has yet to be perfected, i.e., it is still in the pre-Alpha stage, and is coming to light to undergo a test process.
BitTorrent wants to test the service and expects users to help “build something sick,” as it put in a blog post. The new service is intended for direct sync between devices without cloud caching through native apps. It is applicable for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and native NAS integration.
What’s more interesting is that BitTorrent’s new service may work on mobile devices also. And, files shared on its network will be encrypted. However, the application process seems to be tedious, and the online application form contains too many questions about the number of PCs involved, the users’ country, etc.
The new service is part of BitTorrent’s other experimental services like BitTorrent Live and BitTorrent Surf. The former focuses on live-streaming, while the latter looks to make Google Chrome a torrent customer. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are already using torrents for file distribution.
The company is also infamous for online piracy. Torrent sites begin offering torrent files to share copyrighted content within a few days of new movie or game releases. BitTorrent has some history of bad publicity, which has led movie makers and game developers to lose a fair amount of money.
Well, BitTorrent’s new service will compete with the better-known services, such as Google, Amazon and Dropbox. And, the announcement comes close on the heels of the launch of Kim Dotcom’s new file sharing service called “Mega.”