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Current Version: 4.27.2 (December 1, 2006)

BitTorrent is a unique distributed file sharing system (written in the Python scripting language built into Mac OS X and other UNIX-based operating systems) that follows a slightly different paradigm than many other file sharing systems. Normally, when a file is made available using HTTP, all upload cost is placed on the hosting machine. With BitTorrent, when multiple people are downloading the same file at the same time, they upload pieces of the file to each other. This redistributes the cost of upload to downloaders, (where it is often not even metered), thus making hosting a file with a potentially unlimited number of downloaders affordable.

Version 4.27.2 - the latest available Mac OS X version with a graphical interface wrapper - makes the following changes:

  • Universal Binary support.

The online documentation has more details.

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