The name BitTorrent is generally associated with pirated content. However, the company behind the peer-to-peer file-transfer technology does more than supply a means to let you download movies without paying for them.
The company has just released a new app designed to let you share content between mobile devices. Shoot is a cross-platform app for Android, iOS, and Windows that lets you transfer files without relying on cloud-based storage.
Shoot allows users to share photos and videos with others using the company’s special Sync technology. BitTorrent says you can share files up to 16 times faster than traditional file sharing services and nothing is uploaded into a cloud storage first.
There is no limit to the size of the file. You can share hundreds of pictures or hours of video footage. The recipient just has to have room on their device to accept it.
For example, if you captured video footage of your favorite band performing their hit song and you want your buddies to have a copy of the clip, you can select the video, create a QR code for the recipients, and automatically send the file directly to their device.
The service works faster when users are on the same network, but Wi-Fi is not required for file transfer. If you are still at the club, you can send that video to your friend quickly and seamlessly.
Shoot can only be used to send photos and videos from your device’s camera roll. It doesn’t support torrent file sharing applications. No pirating allowed here.
There are other file-transfer services in existence, like Facebook’s Moments, but BitTorrent’s service doesn’t require cloud storage and can be used whether you are on the same Wi-Fi network or not.
The app is free to download and provides three free sends. After that, the service costs $1.99 for unlimited sends. It is free to receive files.