BitTorrent celebrates after reaching 2 billion installations

Written by: Jinia Shawdagor
August 12, 2020
  • BitTorrent has celebrated achieving this milestone by offering 30% off all Windows Pro products.
  • The firm accredits this success to the popularity of its desktop torrent clients.
  • Per Justin Sun, the company is working on introducing new features on the network.

Leading peer-to-peer file sharing platform BitTorrent’s popular torrent client software has breached past 2 billion installations. BitTorrent unveiled this news via a press release on August 11, noting that this figure accounts for installations on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.

At the moment, the company offers its clients access to two products namely BitTorrent and µTorrent. It accredited reaching this feat to the steady popularity of its desktop torrent clients and its web-based torrent downloader and player that aims to meet the needs of the streaming era.

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Celebrating its ability to reach this milestone, the company announced that it would offer a 30% discount for Windows-based BitTorrent and µTorrent Pro subscriptions. However, this offer will last for a limited time, according to the press release.

Commenting on this achievement, Justin Sun, who took the reins as the company’s CEO after TRON purchased it in 2018 said,

“Almost two decades ago the dream of decentralized file transfer was brought into existence by BitTorrent, thus changing the world and positively impacting the lives of people everywhere. Today we celebrate our history and everyone involved in making the BitTorrent protocol and our products a success. We look forward to fulfilling our mission of improving the protocol and introducing new use cases, such as decentralized file storage and live streaming products.”

 A symbiotic relationship

Reportedly, BitTorrent has been the most successful and renowned file-sharing network even before this achievement. By surpassing 2 billion installations, the platform has cemented its position as the leader of the pack, a move that has set high competitive standards for similar platforms. While the firm has a strong grip on the sector, its path in the past has had multiple setbacks and stagnation periods. However, after TRON purchased it, its growth has been outstanding. According to the report, Sun’s marketing skill is responsible for this upward trajectory.

Apart from this, the network’s connection to a diverse blockchain environment has played a significant role in its road to success. By integrating BitTorrent into its ecosystem, which comprises dApps, blockchains, platforms, services, TRON facilitated the creation of a mutually-beneficial relationship. For instance, BitTorrent got access to new technology and a new user base comprising of crypto users. On the other hand, TRON has tapped into BitTorrent’s global market, which boasts more than 90 million active users.

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