TorrentHound And Kickass Shutdown: Top 5 Torrent Alternatives
TorrentHound recently followed the steps of Torrentz in voluntarily shutting down its operations. With this, other torrent alternatives have had high traffic as file-sharers look for new sources.
Tech Times reported that The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent have gained more users since TorrentHound unexpectedly stopped operations. This is the third time that a major torrent site closed down in recent months.
Last July, Kickass Torrents was shut down by U.S. authorities. Afterwards, Torrentz voluntarily stopped its operations as well. It is believed that Torrentz’s closing was to prevent the company from facing the same legal issues as Kickass.
Similar things are being said about the closing of TorrentHound. However, the company’s founder told Torrent Freak that the shutdown was because of its dwindling popularity.
“It’s a combination of less traffic, less revenue and our bills piling up,” the anonymous founder said. “Then add on constantly getting bugged by anti-piracy agents, just wasn’t worth the headache anymore.”
For those still looking for torrent alternatives, University Herald shared other websites that you can check. As of this writing, these websites are still in operation.
1. Extra Torrent
It was noted that Extra Torrent has taken the title as the best and largest Torrent indexing site globally. It has 13 million torrents and has had enormous amounts of traffic due to software and ebook downloads.
2. The Pirate Bay
This website also has a large collection of properly indexed torrents. It was taken down in late 2014 but was able to resurface.
This new site claims to be “a clone of Torrentz.” It is a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine that combines results from several search engines. It reportedly has about 32 million active torrents in its index.
It offers indexes of several up-to-date torrents. It also provides a way for users to share information as they use the torrents.
5. Popcorn Time
This website allows users to stream media content. It is facilitated by peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, which enables it to deliver high quality media streaming of up to 1080p.