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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  • Great, I will try it. Looks very fine…

  • 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.

  • good post Ilike it!

  • Bob

    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.

    • steve lam

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

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

  • Thats great.

  • Woooahhh!

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

  • update: they pulled the app from the itunes store

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

  • 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..

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