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BitTorrent Testing Dropbox-Like File Sync Service
BitTorrent Testing Dropbox-Like File Sync Service

By Adam Dickter
January 28, 2013 6:53AM

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In its search for testers of BitTorrent Sync, the BitTorrent blog says, "We're hoping that users like you can help us build something sick. If you're comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you're committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you." The BitTorrent Sync service is initially open to a limited number of testers.
 



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Microsoft is also poised to see a boost in its SkyDrive service since it is integrated into the Windows 8 operating system, giving it an advantage over Dropbox, BitTorrent and others. Apple, too, has cloud integration in its products with iDrive.

Billions of Users Served

A report by IHS iSuppli's Mobile and Wireless Communications Service in November estimated that the potential for cloud storage is, well, sky high, expected to reach a half-billion users last year, and 1.3 billion customers by 2017. Most services begin with a freemium model, encouraging people to hoard data and media and then begin to charge for larger volumes.

BitTorrent does not currently charge for its services but has received venture capital from investors like Accel Partners, DCM and Dag Ventures. The hope is to someday profit from the installed base through ads, third-party software bundling or promotions (similar to Twitter's model). The company also takes donations.

BitTorrent's two main products are the original BitTorrent P2P file-sharing software and uTorrent, a lightweight client for Windows or Mac.

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