Hello from Nebraska [Q about Downloading Torrents]

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Post by Nebraskan » January 7th, 2019, 8:21 am

I've used LibriVox several times and now I've registered. I live in a rural area with low bandwidth, metered internet, the kind you only turn on when you need to use it. I have always downloaded mp3 files for later listening. After reading your discussions and wikis over a couple days I wonder if Bit Torrent consumes less bandwidth than zipped mp3 files. If so, I find tons of information on your site about how to create torrents, and can't find how to use them. I downloaded a torrent from LibriVox but Windows 10 wants me to tell it what application I want to open it with. Advice please?
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Post by TriciaG » January 10th, 2019, 6:25 am

No idea. I never use torrents myself.

I suspect, though, that since MP3s are already compressed, both Zips and torrents will not be much smaller than individual MP3s. You could go to the Archive page and download the Variable Bit Rate MP3s. I think they're smallest of all, but check the file sizes to be sure. At the very least, use the 64 kbps MP3s.

Moving this thread to "Need Help?" to hopefully get more advice.
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Post by kayray » January 10th, 2019, 8:50 am

To download a torrent, you need to install a torrent client. I suggest qbittorrent:


That's what I use on my mac, and I see that it is cross-platform so should work for you as well. No ads, no spyware.

I don't think torrenting will use less bandwidth for YOU, though -- you're getting the same files, just in tiny pieces that your torrent client will then stitch back together. Torrenting makes it easier on the server, because the upload is spread across many different computers.

If you're curious: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent
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