Bit Torrents...where do I begin?

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  1. reubs macrumors 68000

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    I want to start downloading torrents so that I can being a collection of concerts and stuff, but I'm not even really sure where to begin. What is a good OS X client? Is there a particular place I should DL from so the torrent is available? Are there any other questions I should be asking?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    good clients are (I only recommend freeware):
    transmission
    bit rocket

    to download torrent, goto [link removed]
    sorry if this link would be inappropriate, if so, mod plz delete the link
     
  3. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    i would recommend transmission. simple, easy, the way it should be.

    check port on transmission after downloading (transmission prefs) -- set prefs to apple firewall section -- set prefs to router prefs 192.1xxxxxxx -- you are set.
     
  4. thestaton macrumors 6502

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    azureus.

    one of the more indept clients to get up & running but has a great addon called safepper.

    http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

    if you have a intel based mac search for the UB version.

    as for a tracker I recommend.

    [site link removed]
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You guys might want to remove the tracker links and URLs.

    As for client, you should probably start with the official (a.k.a. mainline) here.
     
  6. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Begin by getting an external HD ;)

    For legal concert downloads you may find some bands you like at this site
     
  7. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's exactly the site I found that made me want to get started...I found a few shows from my college town (that I was actually at!), and I wanted to pick them up. Thanks everyone. On another board they saw "torrent" and locked it down.
     
  8. d wade macrumors 65816

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    yep. transmission is the best
     
  9. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Definitely Azureus. Very powerful and feature-rich, I highly recommend it. :cool:
     
  10. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Ditto here.

    Shame its such a system hog. :(
     
  11. psychofreak Retired

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    I use Xtorrent, but Azureus has some nice features (e.g. downloading only 9 of 10 files) but XT is brilliant.
     
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I've heard that comment many times yet the app runs without issue on my 3-year old 1.25 GHz G4 iMac with 1 GB RAM. I can honestly say I have never experienced these resource issues others seem to complain about, but I don't deny they exist. Regardless, for me, it's the best client out there. :cool:
     
  13. iindigo macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer Transmission, as it provides most of the features that Azeurus does without the nasty Java bit. It's very fast and has a UI that feels MUCH more maclike than most other clients (Xtorrent barred, that thing has a great UI).

    Below is a screenshot of Transmission with my custom icons installed:
     

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  15. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    azureus if you are a heavy uploader

    xtorrent for everything else
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Early 2.0 releases were great, later ones seem to take up more (I blame Vivaldi, that bastard. :rolleyes: )
     
  17. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    I only experience issues with azureus when a HUGE file finished loading, then the entire system freezes for a minute or 5.

    This used to happen on my windows PC and does not happen at all on my MBP luckily, however I find azureus to be unstable when exiting (sometimes it freezes) but I just force quit, and everything has been working out for me so far.
     
  18. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Interesting, good to know. Yeah, I've seen that Vivaldi stuff before but never really understood what purpose it serves.... :confused:
     
  19. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay I just finished DLing my first torrent (awesome), and now I have no idea what to do. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  20. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    I assume you mean you downloaded the BT file (a small file, no bigger than 100 Kb). If so, then double click on it (or open it from your BT program) and choose a download destination. If it's the complete file you wanted, then enjoy!
     
  21. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, I actually mean the torrent itself (the big file that takes hours/days to download) has been completed. IT's a concert I found on bt.etree, and now I have a folder with all kinds of files on the inside. That's what I need to get to so I can burn a CD with the music on it.
     
  22. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    The extensions and/or type of files would help. I know there are a few (.bin and .cue) that you can simply drag on to Toast and burn away.
     
  23. psychofreak Retired

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    Or expand them and drag the mp3s/wmas/oggs etc to iTunes.
     
  24. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks everyone for your patience.

    Within the folder, which has a .shnf ending, there are files with the following endings: .jpg (I know that is the front and back for the jewel case), .txt (which contains the setlist from the show), .md5 (I'm at a loss on this one), and .shn (this is the extension on all of the song tracks for the CD).

    I don't have any CD-Rs handy right now, so I can't try dragging and burning them immediately. I was hoping to skip that process and go straight to iTunes, but that may not happen.

    Thanks again for any info.
     
  25. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK, iTunes can't read ogg/wmas, just AAC, AIFF, WAV and MP3. Has this changed?
     

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