BitTorrent Sync Hits 2 Million User Mark

2013 will be remembered as 1984: the year we woke up to the reality of server farms and stacks. Our personal information is now property of a few corporations; subject to dragnet data collection by our own government. Today, we rely on centralized cloud services.

We don’t have to.

Decentralized technologies can change the way the Internet works, for good: hardcoding privacy, security, and speed into data exchanges. At BitTorrent, we believe they’re the future.

Turns out, many of you agree.


BT Sync Growth

In November, we introduced Sync 1.2: an updated version of our server-less file syncing tool. It’s quickly become the backbone of free speech initiatives, new blogging platforms, and enterprise file management systems. Within thirty days, our user base has doubled in size. And when it comes to moving data, it’s proved that we can move beyond the cloud.


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Today, Sync is moving over 20 gigabytes per person. And that’s a pretty powerful thing. Dropbox’s cloud-based platform stores less than 0.42 gigabytes per user.


BitTorrent Sync Data Transfer

This is how Sync works. And this is how the Internet should work. A world where your data stays yours. A world where the free flow of information isn’t subjected to speed limits. And a world where your information isn’t subject to surveillance. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is free of clouds. We’re for it.

Take Sync for a test drive, and let us know what you think. Developers, your API key is here.

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About Sync and Privacy

Sync was built for secure sharing. While we have general statistics about the app, we don’t have any access to private information. The client reports back anonymous usage statistics in the same way our other clients do. Sync uses this call to check if there’s a new build available. This call also contains some anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how Sync performs, and how it’s being used; data transferred directly, through relay, size of folders, and number of files synced.

This is the only information we collect, and we left it open intentionally: so that people could see the data we’re collecting. That way, it can be easily verified that we don’t have access to any private information.

Written by: Eric Klinker

Eric Klinker, BitTorrent's Chief Executive Officer, brings close to two decades of experience as a technologist and an innovator.

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  • Anton

    Looks good, the only questions i am concerned about:
    1. The both clients are in the separate LANs, how would it work ?
    2. Is there any third-party server which is used for the p2p connectivity establishment ?

    Thank you.

  • Wullie

    How much does it cost ?

    • http://blog.bittorrent Christian

      There is no charge.

  • Stephen

    I love BTSync, but really want to see it add features, such as one way snyc and deletion protection

    • http://blog.bittorrent Christian

      We’re still building, so these may yet come. Keep checking back and thanks for giving Sync a try.

  • Aaron

    Reliable? Really? Faster than Dropbox?

    I’m not so sure. My experience with btsync, thus far, is very very mixed. Dropbox is FAR, FAR more reliable… at this point. I trust Dropbox. I do not yet have a lot of confidence in btsync. I realize it’s still beta, and opinions (and software quality) can/will change.

    I’m trying to sync ~ from my wife’s Mac to our Drobo. Current versions of btsync in both places. She’s got ~380GB of data. The Drobo side still only has 30GB of data.

    This is over wifi, on the local LAN at home. I figured this would be much faster, and very quick, by comparison.

    I’ve set up a sync from a work machine, to my Drobo. Roughly 30GB of data, to copy a VM I created at the office, to my Drobo. No issues with that, at all.

    I’d love to talk with someone from Bittorrent, and I’d be happy to update my comments here, once things change.

    Cheers,

    AK

    • http://blog.bittorrent Christian

      We’re a little unclear on what you’re asking. But our tests have shown BitTorrent Sync to be faster and more reliable; and feedback from users has confirmed this.

      We’d be happy to discuss with you. Feel free to send an email to: lou@bittorrent.com

  • GM

    You are simply the best guys! Now I can easily sync everything and everywhere… It’s just AWESOME!!! Keep on developing your excellent product! I do not find the words to express all my gratitude to you… Thank you so much!!!