Apparently they (whoever “they” are) are calling 2008 “The Year of the Mobile Torrent”, and if that’s the case then odds are Apple will undoubtedly be driving that bandwagon (or ambushing it). A “torrent”, as it’s used here, describes a communications protocol that allows computer users to generally share files. Or, put more familiarly, a torrent is a course that allows visitors to “do” P2P file-sharing.
That said, not merely does it appear a P2P file-sharing client for the iPhone might be fast on the road, but in fact it’s already here, though currently in a structure considerably inaccessible to most users – but undoubtedly not for long.
No, not all file-sharing is illegal. Actually, the only real file-sharing that’s against what the law states is the sharing of copyrighted files (like RIAA’s music and Hollywood’s movies – but that’s why we have iTunes, right?). For the sharing of most other types of files – personal memoirs, diary entries, and travelogues, recipes, photos, YouTube videos, etcetera, etcetera – P2P file-sharing is perfectly legal, and when you understand that, you can only expect that such facility for the iPhone is a minimum of imminent.
Gizmodo was the first to report on the innovation, declaring a hacker who goes on the name of Core has just created the first native P2P client for the iPhone. Although the program – based on the popular Mac P2P client – Transmission – is still in the command-line stages (in other words: with a lack of a simple graphical user interface that the typical techno-unsavvy consumer can operate), it’s nonetheless a groundbreaking step on the road to peer-to-peer file-sharing between iPhones.
The total amount of content worth sharing from iPhone to iPhone may also be stymied until a user-friendly GUI (graphical user interface) is incorporated to the design kickass torrentz2. Also a buggy hurdle for would-be users to be aware of is the incompatibility between P2P file-sharing in general and EDGE networks – currently the iPhone’s wireless connection of choice. So in order to make use of this or any torrent on the iPhone, you’ll have to make use of Wi-Fi.
Torrenting – as it’s sometimes called – can be much burden on the iPhone’s battery and so will demand the unit be plugged in to ensure that files download completely.
A website search to learn more on this subject revealed that several mobile torrents already exist – such as SymTorrent and Wizbit for Symbian smartphones and WinMobile Torrent for Windows Mobile Devices – though none (until now) for the iPhone.
Now, there’s a µTorrent MUI for the iPhone (called µPhone) nonetheless it doesn’t actually enable you to share files (“yet”, they say); rather it lets iPhone users view the status of active torrents, pause and resume torrents, and enter in new URLs to torrent all through a PC. In other words, the µPhone torrent MUI acts as a sort of handheld remote control for using µTorrent to generally share files over a PC.