Kickass Torrents – A New Way To Download Torrents
I stumbled across this new torrent site today, “Kickass Torrents”. What they do is allow you to download torrent files without going through the whole torrent thing.
Kickass Torrents has partnered with httpTorrents to offer this fantastic service.
“The integration with httpTorrents gives users the option to download the files directly without having to use a BitTorrent client. Music tracks can also be streamed directly from the site itself. The service works in a similar way to most other files hosting services such as Rapidshare, but only works with torrents and doesn’t allow users to upload files themselves.
The owner of the site told TorrentFreak that direct http downloads may be useful to users who have restricted access to BitTorrent, such as those whose ISP or firewall blocks or slows down transfers. There are currently 4000 files available as a direct download, but this number is growing rapidly.”
Im not quite able to see how this can be done legally, but as a free market economist, and a lover of getting things cheap/free, i dont really care too much.
Below I have made a little walkthrough for how to use the site and download the files on it, via HTTP.
Downloading HTTP Files on KickassTorrent.com
Begin by navigating to : http://www.kickasstorrents.com/direct-download/ for the full list of files that currently offer direct download.
You will be greeted with this window;
Click on one of the results, to be taken to that files page:
Notice the download options, click one of these to download the corresponding file via HTTP:
After clicking download you will be taken to the httpTorrent page to download the file, httpTorrent works exactly like Rapidshare and Megashares, the simply host files on their server.
All you do is click on ‘Download’ under the free account heading and voila. The file begins to download, at a not too shabby 160kb/sec.
For more info on Kickass Torrents, check out their site, or this good blog post from TorrentFreak.