We’re moving quickly into the 21st century and internet file sharing is still here, still free, still dubious, and still not without risks.
Mac users have plenty of file sharing apps from which to choose to find and share apps, music, photos, and movies on the internet. Among our favorite peer-to-peer file sharing apps in Transmission, in the BitTorrent world. Sharing files in the BitTorrent world is fast and free.
Transmission Shifts Gears
The whole idea was to share very large files between many computers online.
That kept the heavy load of a large file download from being distributed by a single server.
Many computers reduce the server overhead and improve download speed. The distributed nature of a torrent is like a flood where a file spreads from many peers to a single download.
For Mac users who need to find files, apps, music, movies, photos online, there are many apps that utilize the BitTorrent protocol. One of our favorites is Transmission.
Using true Mac behavior, Transmission’s initial preferences just work. Whether you’re a Mac user, Windows PC user, or Linux users, Transmission set up is a breeze.
Even advanced features take only a few clicks to invoke.
Transmission supports file encryption, specific file selection, peer exchange, automatic port forwarding, watch directories, and per-torrent speed limits.
What’s not to like? Not much. If you’re new to peer-to-peer file sharing, Transmission is the place to start.
That said, there are other notable options for sharing files on the internet.
The popular LimeWire app was a favorite ranking high on our list until a US federal judge issued an injunction to stop its use. Why? Many lawyers, content producers, and courts think that peer-to-peer file sharing is illegal.
Caveat emptor. If you must use Transmission as your peer—to-peer sharing app, remember to use it for legal sharing.