One of the things that I’ve never liked about the BitTorrent files is that they can be such a pain to download. Often times you need a separate application, such as uTorrent, to download any of the files. I have found that it is something that most people just don’t understand.

BitLet might very well be the thing that breaks the learning curve when it comes to BitTorrent files because they’ve got the easiest downloader that I’ve ever seen, and it works in all browsers. The service uses Java to begin the file transfer process on your computer, and it doesn’t require that you setup port forwarding or configure a ton of settings.

All you have to do is go to BitLet.org and paste in the URL to the torrent file that you want to download. BitLet will instantly pop open a new window, and the process will begin by having you pick the download directory. The BitLet homepage will keep a list of downloads that you have been performing, and any of them can be resumed in case you accidentally close the download window or need to restart your browser.

BitLet BitTorrent Downloader

There are a few downfalls that I see with this. The first being that it uses Java…which is an application that I truly despise. I always have it disabled, and hate running it because it consumes a lot of my system’s resources.

The other problem that I see is that there is no mention of full sharing going on. By that I mean you are downloading the file, but you’re not uploading it to other people. That may seem great because it will save on your bandwidth, but it will probably end up being something that many services block. The downloads might be fast now, but if BitLet starts to get blocked you can count on excruciatingly slow speeds.

Of course BitLet does have something that will tremendously help them…a code generator for torrent links. If you paste the URL of a torrent file into the box, BitLet will spit out some code for you to use on your own site. When a user clicks on the resulting link like this one:
Ubuntu 7.04 Torrent (x86)
the download will start immediately in a new window. This makes the BitTorrent download process extremely painless for anyone.

BitLet Homepage [via TorrentFreak]

There Are 8 Comments

  1. Personally, I don’t find that there’s much of a learning curve with uTorrent. If you want to get in depth with it, sure…but if you really want to you could just download uTorrent and not do anything with it and it’ll be fine.

    The issues I have with this is: 1. you have to leave your browser open the entire time you’re downloading it
    2. If you have to restart your browser or it crashes, I really don’t want to know what would happen with this thing
    3. This probably isn’t a good option if you want to download something that would take multiple days.

    Then again, if it’s something small that would only take like a half hour or something, this could be useful.

  2. @DKong: Ryan said the downloads can be resumed across browser sessions.

    I think the big question is, how’s the speed on this thing? It probably isn’t as reliable as a desktop torrent downloader, or the one in Opera.

    I’ve been downloading a 4.7GB torrent in Opera for the past several days (with occasional stops during the day, and usually stopping during the night). I’m at 61.5% right now. It’s a pretty unhealthy torrent, ranging from 0-3peers.

  3. Yes, you can resume your torrents which is something I really wasn’t expecting it to do. The speeds on my test were pretty good, but I was downloading Linux distributions that were well seeded.

  4. @Dkong Points 1 and 2 apply also to bittorrent clients like uTorrent (and, obviously, to Opera). Moreover, I know a lot of people who commonly leave the browser open even when they are not in front of their pc.

    I can’t really understand what’s the difference between bitlet and another client when thinking about point 3.

  5. I think I close my browser once every few days. :)

  6. I use Opera for my torrents. It’s pretty quick now, and very stable. You always have to keep something running when downloading a torrent. Why not have it be your browser? W/ Opera you can even hide it to the tray.

    Hey Ryan, how often do you shut down your PC?

  7. It was about time that something like this was introduced. I never got used to Opera and so was using utorrent in the meantime. This can be very useful for beginners. I remember tutoring atleast a dozen people on using bit torrent and most seem confused by the “2 step process”. Plus the firewall configuration. The only thing that lets me down is “JAVA”.

  8. Wuhu, I finally finished downloading the 4.7GB entire season 1 of 24! That was a very unhealthy torrent. Luckily, each episode is in mp4 format, so I just have to wait for Zune software to convert.

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