BitTorrent Launches Dropbox-Like File Syncing App For iPhone

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When you see the word “BitTorrent” you probably think of pirating something like Game of Thrones. That’s not what a new app called BitTorrent Sync is about. Think of it like Dropbox without any storage caps or pricing tiers for data usage.

Unlike other file sync and storage solutions, BitTorrent Sync uses peer-to-peer file distribution to move bits between devices, so files are not stored on the cloud in any one place. It’s the same idea that powers BitTorrent itself.

Sync started from a simple concept: your data belongs to you, no matter where you are. This means you should be able to pick up your work on any device, or send your photos across the world, and back. And it also means that your stuff should be secure. Sync skips the cloud to deliver files faster, and safer. Sync doesn’t rely servers, which are vulnerable to hacks and prying eyes.

BitTorrent Sync was released in beta on Android in July, and there are desktop clients available for Mac and Windows. The service is completely free, and BitTorrent plans to implement some premium features in the future for enterprise customers.

Supported languages include English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal).

You can get the BitTorrent Sync app for iPhone in the App Store now.

  • Atienne

    This article is useless without more information.

    OK, call me stupid. Where will my data be stored?

    And if you have data out there are you subject to # of seeders which can slow you way down… etc.

    Explain, Explain, Explain.

  • Gadget

    I agree the article is useless for information. Here’s the link to Bittorrent labs info page

  • Atienne

    @Gaget – I understand that, but, even the BT page does not answer my question. Torrents work by the number of seeders. The more seeders, the faster the torrent, right? So, if I am only syncing my devices then am I the only seeder? Do other people have pieces of my data and if they do, then they all go on vacation do I not get my data? :-)

    Sorry, Im being stupid, but I am missing something here.

  • sakadafreak

    @Atienne – here is the answer from their forum:

    ‘Will me devices still sync when switched off?

    BitTorrent Sync is not a cloud storage solution like SkyDrive/DropBox/GDrive, etc – it doesn’t sync your files to a “cloud”, therefore for one device to sync with another, both devices need to be online.

    If you require an always-on “cloud” functionality for Sync, there are a number of companies now offering dedicated BitTorrent Sync solutions, some of which you’ll find listed here.’

  • Averill_BT

    Hi guys, Christian here from BitTorrent. I see there’s some confusion about how BitTorrent Sync works. We’re working on better explaining on our blog, stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, while Sync is based on the principles of BitTorrent technology your data is only accessible to you and to people who you give access to your data with the “Secret.” Files are not stored anywhere else, not on a server and not on a strangers computer. There are some great discussions in our forums if anyone wants to go deeper on this question:

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