Popular peer-to-peer service BitTorrent said Monday it now has more than a hundred million users. The eyebrow-raising milestone was achieved in spite of a bunch of lawsuits that content owners around the world are relentlessly filing against folks that infringe on their content.
The lightweight µTorrent client and the BitTorrent Mainline combined enjoy over 20 million daily active users from over 220 countries around the world, the San Francisco, California-based startup said. The cross-platform µTorrent client, available in 52 languages, clocks up over 400,000 daily downloads on average, BitTorrent said.
BitTorrent service is available on a number of embedded devices and the company's CEO Eric Klinker said in a prepared statement they are going to keep growing this ecosystem:
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. This milestone highlights the size of our user base and the power of our software.
This doesn't mean that content owners won't be after file sharers that infringe on copyrighted content.
In 2010 alone the US Copyright Group brought charges against 20,000 BitTorrent users for copyright infringements.
The notorious Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also sued tens of thousands of BitTorrent users over illegal music sharing activities.
As if that wasn't enough, Internet service providers (ISP) in some countries opted to throttle bandwidth because their BitTorrent-loving customers are straining their infrastructure too much.
BitTorrent will be previewing a private suite at the CES show the new BitTorrent technology ecosystem described as an "orchestra of software, devices and content designed to simplify the digital lifestyle and connect content creators with our massive audience."