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.