BitTorrent Starts Cyberlocker / BitTorrent Hybrid, Without Limits
BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular file-sharing clients uTorrent and BitTorrent, launched a new file-sharing service today. Branded SoShare, the new platform is a hybrid between BitTorrent and cloud based storage, allowing users to send files up to dozens of terabytes. SoShare is free of charge and without limits, making it an appealing competitor to more traditional file-storage sites.
Traditionally, BitTorrent and cyberlockers are seen as two entirely different file-sharing platforms. San-Francisco based BitTorrent Inc. hopes to break down the barriers between them.
The company’s newly launched SoShare service is a file-sharing platform that allows users to upload and share as they do with cyberlockers, but with transfers that are boosted by BitTorrent.
One of the advantages compared to most competitors in this field is the absence of storage or sending limits. SoShare users can send files of any size, and as many as they want.
“There really is no limit,” BitTorrent’s Catherine Meek told TorrentFreak in a comment.
Sharing a file using SoShare is pretty straightforward, but requires a browser plugin to add the BitTorrent functionality. Once the plugin is installed users can upload files and share these privately via email or a public link. Recipients don’t need an account to download the files, but do need the SoShare plugin.
BitTorrent chose to add centralized hosting to guarantee that the files remain available, even when the sender turns off his or her computer.
“SoShare accommodates distributed file transfer while the service maintains one master copy in the cloud for reliable access. The more people who have access to a file, the more the SoShare plug-in can help with the availability of bandwidth,” Meek says.
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