Downloading Torrents: There's An App For That

JD Rucker October 3 Apple

Many have tried but all have failed to get an app approved that works with BitTorrent.

All have failed, that is, until now.

IS Drive by Derek Kepner likely made it through the screening process because it didn’t use the no-no word: “Torrent”. Instead, its description on the AppStore page is very innocent:

This app allows you to check and manage the downloads in your ImageShack Drive account. For downloaded videos, you can even view thumbnails (if ImageShack is able to provide them).

Reading between the lines, the idea is that it has capabilities that some people may use for illegal purposes, but that’s not the intent. In an interview with TorrentFreak, Kepner said, “I’m on dangerous ground here, and I know that.”

Dangerous indeed, but Apple has been easing on their approval process lately in light of recent criticism, even allowing the Google Voice app into its store.

“I’ll probably add a search feature where it’s up to the user to manually add the torrent site they want,” Kepner said. “The app will not be designed to easily break the law and I hope no one intends to do so. But if a user is determined to break the law, what business is that of mine or Apple’s? They could do the same in Safari anyway, right?”

You, sir, are correct.

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Will Apple become the new target of the RIAA and MPAA? That would be a fight worth watching.

Written by JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of both Judeo Christian Church and Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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#1
Daniel Molina
October 3rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Great, I will try it. Looks very fine…

 
 
#2
brixter
October 3rd, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Derek Kepner will definitely get on hot seat with this. If it won’t work, there’s still a pc that you can left unattended for days while you go out on vacation.

 
 
#3
fish
October 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 pm

good post Ilike it!

 
 
#4
Bob
October 3rd, 2010 at 10:29 pm

yet another reason to avoid the iPhone. There are tons of great torrent apps on Android, including some that allow you to remotely control the torrents on your PC while you’re out and about. I’ve got a widget right on my home screen that shows the status of my torrents at home, lets me add one from an RSS feed and it’s downloaded and waiting for me when I get home.

 
 
#5
steve lam
October 4th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

um i can remotely control utorrent on my pc with the uremote app just fine with my iphone.

 
 
#6
Piter
October 3rd, 2010 at 10:29 pm

You can do that through a web interface on any device.

 
 
#7
Serra
October 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Thats great.

 
 
#8
Web Design Kent
October 4th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Woooahhh!

 
 
#9
fish
October 5th, 2010 at 6:38 am

good post I like it
you have a good ideal what a nice picture thanks you!

 
 
#10
badger
October 6th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

update: they pulled the app from the itunes store

 
 
 
 
#12
Ellie K
January 7th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Too bad the app was pulled by Apple. I wondered if this would be the little button

 
 
#13
Web Design
October 13th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

this is exactly what I was thinking. I mean, other than bragging rights
“oh you got that app? well, I can download torrents like a mofo!” I
don’t really see the point..

 
 
#14
Funny Pictures
October 13th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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#15
Download Android Apps
November 3rd, 2011 at 1:01 am

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