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NewsPoster Jan 25, 2013 10:05 AM
BitTorrent preps P2P sync service for personal files
BitTorrent has announced plans to offer a new service that utilizes peer-to-peer technology to synchronize personal files between multiple devices. The <A href=" ent=Sync&utm_campaign=Sync%2BBlog%2BAnnouncement%2 B012413">project</a>, which is still in its pre-Alpha testing stage, aims to directly synchronize content without relying on cloud caching, accordingto details <a href="">posted</a> by <em>GigaOM</em>. <br /><br />A screenshot of the SyncApp utility demonstrates how multiple video files could be simultaneously uploaded and downloaded between devices. An app icon shows a computer and a mobile phone, though the company has only detailed plans to offer native apps for Mac, Windows and Linux.

The service takes a different approach than existing alternatives, such as DropBox, which rely on remote servers to store content in the cloud. As such, the traditional monetization strategy centers around a fee structure for upgraded storage capacities.

The SyncApp project is listed alongside several other "experiments" on BitTorrent's new Labs site. Other ideas under development include a live broadcast service for web streams, and a Surf utility for torrent discovery within Chrome.
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