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BitTorren's ongoing efforts to convince the world it's not just a tool for evil have produced “Bundles”, a “new type of torrent file where fan interaction, like email collection or donation, happens inside the torrent.” BitTorrent says Bundles can make “every single piece of content could function as a flyer, and a standalone …


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  1. Khaptain

    Wasp's nest

    Would this not the make the companies that are sending out spam advertising even more responsable, in a twisted kind of way, for the available of possibly copyrighted content to all and sundry for "free".

    Whereas today you have to make a personal decision to use torrents, tommorrow you would actually be encouraged to do so.

  2. DrXym Silver badge

    The main application for this

    Is to move The Pirate Bay and other sites into the cloud. Kind of obvious really and surprisingly overdue. Implement the site up as a web 2.0 style app, and use XML requests for search requests and the data and ads. Next step after that is a distributed search.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The main application for this

      or simply use something like gnutella, which is designed for this, and then use bittorrent for what *it* was designed for - i.e. p2p distribution with one or more reliable permanent seeds.

      The *only* advantage bittorrent has over gnutella is that most of the content has migrated to bittorrent, due to ill-informed decisions by users.

      anon because whilst this is fact, I know it will be downvoted by bittorent fanbois, who just like any other fanbois out there downvote something not for inaccuracy, but simply because it says something they don't like.

  3. AMB-York Silver badge

    New way to get a virus

    You can almost hear them warming up the virus creation engines.

  4. Justice


    You are currently downloading 'Game of Thrones - Season 3'

    If you provide a valid email address we'll send you a FREE court date.

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  5. Crisp

    Keep your disposable email account handy.

    ln -s /dev/null inbox

    Job Done.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yes m'lud, whilst my client might not agree that an IP address does not identify a particular individual, the freetard; Sorry m'lud, plaintiff, concerned entered his email address into a bit-torrent bundle being downloaded concurrently with my client's copyrighted works.

  7. Great Bu

    "Torrenting for work purposes"

    Obviously, how can you be expected to maintain peak operational efficiency without oodles of free donkey porn.

  8. jubtastic1

    It looks like an old school multimedia thingy

    Like they used to distribute on CD's with magazines, can't remember the proper term for them but they were supposed to be the future of books etc.

    I think something integrated into the protocol, a distributed store, hosted by the fans themselves, something that evolves and improves over time could work for some artists, but this isn't that, this is just a multimedia bundle you download like any other file, except with locked content, it's going to struggle to compete with free and unlocked.

    Here's a concept for a bittorent music store, dedicated client app, 50p a track, but you gain credit for seeding, replace Apple, Google & Amazon hosting with fan hosting and redistribute the 30% cut those entities take back to the fans. The store itself and the artists content you've bought are synced through BT so you get new content delivered that otherwise you'd have to hunt for. Literally get the fans involved and reward them for it with exclusives and first peeks etc.

    1. Fibbles

      Re: It looks like an old school multimedia thingy

      Just what we all need. Yet more shite clogging up our ISP's already creaking networks because a bunch of people on them thar interwebs have an inexplicable fear of dedicated music stores...

  9. Anonymous Coward

    I don't trust this...

    I think this only serves one purpose: to allow more advertising and other crap to be pushed down our throats. Of course I could be uber cynical here due to my experiences with uTorrent; at one time the advertising and other "toolbars" became so obnoxious and awkward that I dug up a previous installer, went back to the previous version and immediately turned off the option for updates all together.

    And so I'm still looking into something less intrusive for Windows, but can't really be bothered that much because the Torrent protocol hasn't changed at all and as such the older version simply works.

  10. Gene Cash Silver badge

    "attack on ... Bookmarks"

    WTF? EXPN? That would be "instant shitcan" in my book, if I'm interpreting this correctly.

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