Along came Napster and free music– in the form of file sharing– was available to all with an internet connection. Illegally, as it turned out. Napster might be dead as the world’s free music service, but file sharing lives on.
Sharing Free TV, Movies, Music
Yes, file sharing between users connected to the internet lives on beyond Napster’s short life, but it’s a dark and murky world fraught with danger, illegalities, and confusing options.
Today, BitTorrent rules the underworld of file sharing. For Mac users, the BitTorrent app of choice is usually Transmission, a simple, easy, and free way to navigate the dark waters of BitTorrent file sharing.
Transmission is very Mac-like in appearance, setup, and usage. It’s almost, but not quite in the it just works vein.
Mac users will be treated to a new world of terminology in Transmission. There are watch directories, bad peer blocking, encryption, peer exchange, per-torrent speed limits, and more to learn and worry about.
Once setup, Transmission becomes mostly a very quiet, behind-the-scenes peer-to-peer file sharing app that both downloads shared files to your Mac, and shares files with others connected to your and other Macs online.
Mac users can search the internet for music, television shows, movies, apps, photos, and much more– all shared between BitTorrent connected Macs and Windows PCs scattered throughout the world.
Files are downloaded to your Mac in multiple streams from multiple locations on the internet.
The advantage of using Transmission is that BitTorrent reduces the server and network impact of distributing large media files (music, TV shows, movies, etc.).
Instead of downloading files from a single server, a swarm of connected Macs and PCs continually download and upload files to other BitTorrent users.
Is all this legal? Yes and no. BitTorrent has become somewhat legitimate as a way to distribute media files, and has licenses to distribute some content. But the vast majority of content available via BitTorrent and accessed with the Transmission app are shared, and violate copyrights.
Using Transmission to find and download music, TV shows, and movies is one thing, but it’s also a free and easy way to download malware onto Macs and PCs. Transmission is free but definitely comes with a caveat emptor warning.