With 100 Million Monthly Users, BitTorrent Is Open for Business

Peer-to-peer file technology company BitTorrent just hit an important milestone, as it now counts 100 million active worldwide users of its two software products, BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent.

That caps a successful year for BitTorrent, which is making efforts to prove its relevance to business. Its Spotlight Artist program helps content creators distribute their works, and a partnership with Vodo helps low-budget filmmakers like the Yes Men distribute their work and raise revenue.

The next step for BitTorrent will be to attract more business clients. With the technology offering greatly reduced bandwidth costs—and with a large and active user base—2011 might see some major players take a chance with P2P distribution.

“This is an exciting day for our team. Our vision is to build a complete technology ecosystem comprised of software, content, and devices, designed to connect modern content creators with a massive digital audience,” says Eric Klinker, CEO of BitTorrent. “This milestone highlights the size of our user base and the power of our software.”

Besides counting 100 million active monthly users, BitTorrent now has over 20 million active daily users, over 400,000 average daily client downloads, and support in over 52 languages.

The company will begin a major new phase this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where BitTorrent’s creator and chief scientist Bram Cohen will demonstrate P2P live streaming with low latency.


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