Stream Music contained in torrent files

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 8, 2008
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Music and Video

If you do not want to download music from Bittorrent you now have an alternative that might suite you better. You can use the Bitlet Bittorrent Applet to stream the music contained in the torrent to your computer. The applet phrase hints that Java - not JavaScript - is required to stream the music from torrent files to your computer.

Currently the formats mp3 and ogg are supported and the applet is finding and playing the music files automatically. All you need is the link to the torrent containing the music and use a browser that has Java enabled. It works very well if the torrent has a lot of seeders but you can run into troubles with torrents that have only a few.

The first parts of the file are prioritized during the streaming to make sure that you can listen to the music as soon as possible. I personally think that this is an interesting concept that will surely find some users who will love it. It's probably great if you want to preview a album or song before you download it.

Update: The web service is still available, and works as advertised. Just copy the torrent url into the form and click on Play afterwards to start playing the music as soon as enough of it has been downloaded.

The developers of the service have created an experimental video streaming applet that can be used to stream torrent videos directly on a web page. For that to work, the videos need to be in Ogg Theora format. Examples are provided at the Bitlet website.

Please note that the service requires that you have the Java plugin installed in your web browser, as it won't work otherwise. You can download the latest version of Java from the official download page over at Oracle.


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