The music I trade…

I listen to a wide variety of bands, but only a select few allow the trading and downloading of their live performances.  Bands such as Dave Matthews Band, Phish, the Grateful Dead, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, and The Allman Brothers…they all allow non-commercial trading of their live performances.  Websites such as etree and The Traders Den have made it extremely easy to request and download specific performances by the bands I listen to.  Both websites comply with the taping policies and any subsequent copyrights explained by the bands, so they keep in line with compliance of federal laws and regulations.  etree specifically will only allow you to post live performances of bands they have loaded in their database of “approved” performers, and The Traders Den screens their forums heavily to ensure that there are not any bands listed for download that do not allow taping/trading of their live performances.

When downloading shows either on etree or The Traders Den websites, BitTorrent is required to be installed on your computer as client software.

What is Bit Torrent?

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer program developed by Bram Cohen and BitTorrent, Inc. used for uploading and downloading files via the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent was the first client written for the protocol. It is often nicknamed “Mainline” by developers denoting its official origins. Since version 6.0 the BitTorrent client has been a re-branded version of µTorrent. As a result, it is no longer open source and is currently available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Programmer Bram Cohen designed the protocol in April 2001 and released a first implementation of the BitTorrent client on 2 July 2001.  It is now maintained by Cohen’s company BitTorrent, Inc.

Prior to version 6.0, BitTorrent was written in Python, and was free software. Versions up to and including 3.4.2 were distributed under the MIT license. The source code for versions 4.x and 5.x was released under the BitTorrent Open Source License, a modified version of the Jabber Open Source License. Versions 4.0 and 5.3 were re-licensed under the GPL.

Version 4.20 of the client was dubbed Allegro by BitTorrent Inc., in reference to protocol extensions developed by the company to accelerate download performance and ISP manageability.

Since version 6.0, the BitTorrent client has been a re-branded version of µTorrent. As a result, it is no longer open source.

The BitTorrent client enables a user to search for and download torrent files using a built-in search box (“Search for torrents”) in the main window, which opens the BitTorrent torrent search engine page with the search results in the user’s default web browser.

The current client includes a range of features, including multiple parallel downloads. BitTorrent has several statistical, tabular and graphical views that allow a user to see what events are happening in the background. A host of views offer information on the peers and seeds to which the user is connected, including how much data is being downloaded from each and to how much data is being uploaded by each. It has an automatic recovery system that checks all data that has been handled after an improper shutdown. It also intermediates peering between itself, source file servers (“trackers”) and other clients, thereby yielding distribution efficiencies. The client also enables users to create and share torrent files.

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~ by Jason Ewert on December 2, 2011.

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