ANN: iTorrent alpha-1

Michael Hobbs mike at
Wed Mar 29 19:15:49 CEST 2006

Announcing the first alpha release of iTorrent. iTorrent allows you to
download BitTorrent podcasts from iTunes. It transforms BitTorrent
podcasts so that you can update them just like any other podcast in
iTunes. Details can be found at iTorrent is
written in Python and is released under the GPL.

Since this is its first alpha release, iTorrent isn't pretty, but it
does work well -- for me. Please try it out on your own podcasts and let
me know what doesn't work. Also, since this is an early release, I am
only announcing it to a select group of knowledgeable Python users.
Please don't spread the word; I'm not ready yet to handle bug reports
from casual end users.

Technical Details: iTorrent runs as an RSS proxy on your local machine
and will fetch enclosures from a BitTorrent network on behalf of iTunes.
The BitTorrent content will then be fed to iTunes via a standard HTTP
loopback connection.

It uses the official BitTorrent 4.4.0 code to perform the actual
downloads from a BitTorrent network. (

- Michael Hobbs  <mike at>

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