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January 30, 2013, 08:50:47 PM
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Bitfetch is a new torrent download service designed to make downloading torrents from your browser a breeze.

Many ISPs have adopted the practice of violating net neutrality and heavily throttling BitTorrent traffic along with every other protocol they deem inappropriate. There have also been many incidents lately in which ISPs have shown a blatant disregard for the privacy of their end users by inspecting their traffic or giving out their information to 3rd parties without due process. There is a way around this.

How it works:
  • Add a torrent URL, magnet URI or otherwise upload a torrent file. You can also type something in and search for it.
  • When your torrent is added its cost will appear on the right side. Click on Deposit and send a Bitcoin payment to the address listed.
  • Once it is done downloading you will be provided with a fast direct HTTPS link to the file(s).

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Payments are only accepted in Bitcoin. We do not log IPs or any other data that may be used to identify you. There is no account to register - you are identified by a randomly generated unique token which you can use to access your balance.

All connections to Bitfetch - including downloads - are encrypted by default. Torrents can either be deleted manually by you or automatically after 48 hours (torrents over 10GB in size are deleted after 10 days).

Automatic zipping
You can choose to have torrents zipped so there is only a single file to download.

File selection
Need to download a small file out of a big collection? No problem!

Cost is 0.001 BTC per GB.


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Some additional info:

Connectivity & upload
The server is on a gigabit connection so your torrent will be downloaded at the highest possible speed. Each torrent has a 8 MB/s upload allowance with 20 upload slots. Slow or stalled torrents are the result of low or nonexistent amount of seeds.

Slow downloads from the US
This applies to browser downloads only. As a cost-cutting measure some US ISPs (Comcast, Verizon) will limit the throughput of transatlantic TCP connections. To get around this you can use a multithreaded download manager such as DownThemAll.

Ratio
Ratio is not guaranteed to be 1, in some cases it will be much higher or lower. It all depends on the amount of leechers on the network. Average ratio of all torrents ever downloaded is currently 1.618 (BT total bytes out / BT total bytes in). I am open to suggestions on how to handle ratio for people that use private trackers.
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February 02, 2013, 04:18:07 PM
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Very nice - super fast downloads for me. Will use this service.

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February 03, 2013, 11:59:55 AM
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Very nice - super fast downloads for me. Will use this service.

Thanks! Downloads should be even faster now.
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February 08, 2013, 12:39:57 AM
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We've received feedback that the current price is a tad too high. Moreover, Bitcoin has just hit $22 today.

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Cost per GB has been reduced to 0.01 BTC (Minimum of 0.001 BTC)

As a thank you to all our users who enjoyed our service on our first week all active accounts have had their total deposit amount doubled.
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February 08, 2013, 12:50:34 AM
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do you actively monitor torrents for illegal stuff?

do you put your own morality stamp on what passes through your server?

is it possible to specify particular files from a torrent, instead of getting the whole thing?

is there a limit to the size of the torrent? (eg. a 50mb .torrent file which maps 500gb of data?)
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February 08, 2013, 01:24:07 AM
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do you actively monitor torrents for illegal stuff?

do you put your own morality stamp on what passes through your server?

No. With that said, please do not download copyrighted or illegal material.


is it possible to specify particular files from a torrent, instead of getting the whole thing?

While it is possible to choose which file to download to your computer (you get a file list when you click on Download), the entire torrent will be downloaded to our servers.


is there a limit to the size of the torrent? (eg. a 50mb .torrent file which maps 500gb of data?)

The size limit for the .torrent file is 10MB while the maximum data size is 200GB.
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February 08, 2013, 01:40:56 AM
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do you actively monitor torrents for illegal stuff?

do you put your own morality stamp on what passes through your server?

No. With that said, please do not download copyrighted or illegal material.

so as long as it's legal*, and not copyrighted, you're fine with it?

*what country is your server in?
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February 08, 2013, 07:05:44 AM
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Server gets my torrent fast but download to my PC is only 400k/s.

Leet minimal interface.

This thing is slicker than snot!


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February 08, 2013, 07:22:26 AM
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My first attempt at sending BTC to this service failed - my account didn't get credited at all. Scrat Acorns responded quickly to my email and also gave me a generous amount of extra credit so that I could test the service fully.

As everyone has been saying, the interface is slick. My test (well seeded) torrent was downloaded at 9MB/s. Download from the server to my computer was equally fast. What more could one ask for?

If GLBSE were still alive, I'd be dumping BitcoinTorrentz shares right about now.

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February 08, 2013, 08:25:39 AM
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is it possible to specify particular files from a torrent, instead of getting the whole thing?

While it is possible to choose which file to download to your computer (you get a file list when you click on Download), the entire torrent will be downloaded to our servers.

hmmm after reading your faq, i just re-read this line of yours here and realised i missed this the first time.

so if i upload a huge .torrent which maps 300gb of data, but i only want one 7kb file from it, do i have to pay for 300gb?

is there any way around that inefficiency?
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February 08, 2013, 11:23:06 AM
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*what country is your server in?

NL


Server gets my torrent fast but download to my PC is only 400k/s.

Since the server is in Europe, connectivity to the States largely depends on your ISP's peering with Europe. Some people get 5 MB/s, some get 400 KB/s. I've gotten 15 MB/s from an EC2 instance in N. Virginia.


so if i upload a huge .torrent which maps 300gb of data, but i only want one 7kb file from it, do i have to pay for 300gb?

is there any way around that inefficiency?

Currently no. But I will add something like this (along with many other new features). Stay tuned.
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February 13, 2013, 04:40:39 PM
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Hey man, I love the design of the website! I'll be sure to try out your service, if/when I have a need for it Smiley

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February 14, 2013, 11:39:17 AM
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absolutely awesome page and service

last night transaction was seen right away... today it seems to have to wait for a block (no block yet). bitcoind connectivity bad?

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February 14, 2013, 11:44:01 AM
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absolutely awesome page and service

last night transaction was seen right away... today it seems to have to wait for a block (no block yet). bitcoind connectivity bad?

PM or email your TXID and I'll take a look at it.
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February 14, 2013, 12:06:57 PM
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I think I found a bug that allows me to increase my balance..

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February 14, 2013, 12:33:54 PM
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I think I found a bug that allows me to increase my balance..

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It's not a bug, it's a feature! (This message brought to you by Microsoft Inc.)

Your balance should update within 5 seconds when you send bitcoin. If it doesn't try refreshing the page. Socket.io with xhr-polling can be buggy sometimes.
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February 18, 2013, 05:18:48 PM
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Really great service, super fast downloads!  Recommended.

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February 18, 2013, 05:42:02 PM
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You should consider adding a feature to browse downloaded torrents, and give us a chance to re-download them, with a fee of course.
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February 19, 2013, 12:56:08 PM
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You should consider adding a feature to browse downloaded torrents, and give us a chance to re-download them, with a fee of course.

Not likely. All files are private and transient.
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February 24, 2013, 12:13:06 PM
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Impressive, very slick interface! One bit of feedback: It would be great to have a QR code below the deposit address. Makes it easier to use it in combination with smartphone wallets (using the website on a desktop, but paying with a phone).

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