Boxopus pushes torrent downloads directly to your Dropbox, skips desktop clients

By on June 25, 2012, 2:00 PM

Update: Well, that didn't take long. Dropbox has banned Boxopus over piracy concerns.

A new service called Boxopus has come up with an interesting way of bridging the worlds of BitTorrent and cloud storage, offering a way for people to cue up torrent downloads and have them automatically added to their Dropbox folders, all without even needing to install a torrent client on your computer.

Boxopus uses the Dropbox API, which means you can link both services using your Dropbox credentials, without fear of giving access to other files stored in your account. Once that step is done you can add as many torrents as you like through the Boxopus website and the latter will then take care of the downloading. All files are automatically sent to a special folder within your Dropbox account and synced across devices.

Of course, if you don’t want the same file downloaded on multiple computers, you can use Dropbox’s selective sync feature to leave torrent downloads in the cloud, accessing or downloading them as needed.

One of the main benefits to users is that they can add torrents to their Dropbox from work, school or on the road. TorrentFreak also notes that these downloads are anonymous, as Boxopus takes care of the downloading, although you are still required to enter your email when registering to the service.

Another thing worth highlighting is that the service aims to make torrent downloads easier for novice users with a one-click Boxopus download button that can be integrated into websites. TorrentReactor, Fulldls.com, Vertor.com, and Torrentzap.com have already added this option, according to TorrentFreak.

But of course there are several downsides as well, starting with the fact that free Dropbox users only get 2GB of space out of the box — you can bump that to over 10GB without spending a dime but there’s some work involved. Downloading generally takes a bit longer too because Dropbox sync speeds are limited. And of course there’s the question of whether Dropbox will block the service when pressed over piracy concerns.

Boxopus is completely free and unlimited during beta testing stage but the company plans to rollout paid subscriptions at some point in the future, imposing limits on free subscriptions.




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Tygerstrike said:

OMG!! I can see it now. The US Govt. is going to point to this service and say ppl are using it to pirate.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This sounds pretty neat

Guest said:

yes, of course, just the US government will have a problem with even more anonymous torrenting :P

and this does sound pretty awesome, but I dont see how they'll keep it running without a million legal issues or keep it free

treetops treetops said:

Thats cool, my ISP puts the hammer down on anyone torrenting anything. There shit is weak and they cant handle all the traffic.They threatened me with cutting my service and fining me. This is a pretty handy little work around.

p.s. its the connecting to multiple peers that slows them down

sabrezx sabrezx said:

So Dropbox have told them that they can't use their service as it promotes copyright infringement, wonder what the next step is, a name change for a start :( Shame, my isp blocks all torrents which means I have been using newsgroups, this would have been an excellent alternative.

Tygerstrike said:

Well there are a lot of legit uses for Torrent files. However almost every person Ive talked with doesnt use Torrent for work product only pirating. I have freinds that PROUDLY tell everyone that they pirate. Or that they havent paid for a movie in years. Its understandable if ISP block Torrent files. Im sure the individual person may only pirate 1 or 2 items, but add that up. 1 or 2 times however many possible suscribers a ISp has and it gets to be a very large number quickly.

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Jesse Jesse said:

Game over already:

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