On Friday morning, BitTorrent launched a new free public service called BitTorrent Sync, which allows users to securely back up and sync files over the Web, using BitTorrent’s platform as both a backup and shared drive. But unlike competing services such as Box and Dropbox, BitTorrent Sync has no storage limits.
“We like it when things work together. So we’ve been working on a new distributed syncing product to help manage personal files between multiple computers,” BitTorrent wrote on its blog on Friday morning. “Today, BitTorrent Sync is in a pre-Alpha stage. And 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.”
Besides boasting unlimited storage, BitTorrent Sync also differs because it doesn’t use the cloud, despite performing similar functions to Box, Google Drive or Microsoft’s Skydrive, which means that no third party has access to one’s files.
If free access and unlimited storage space wasn’t enough, users will be happy to know that BitTorrent Sync can share folders and file across all devices, from PCs to smartphones to tablets or anything running Windows, OS X or Linux. Sharing can also be made private: With a simple key generator, users can share with only the specific people they want to share with, using the private key to sync the specific files or folders to other devices.
“It fits into our overall goal of making a better Internet using P2P,” BitTorrent told TorrentFreak in a brief interview. “This is a great opportunity for participants to help us shape this developing product.”
Since launching its “test kitchen” known as BitTorrent Labs on Thursday, BitTorrent has announced several projects currently in Alpha, including BitTorrent Live (for live streaming video), BitTorrent Surf (for finding and downloading torrents within Google Chrome) and Beam It Over, a service that allows users to share files directly with friends over Facebook.