The Peer to Peer (popularly known as P2P) technology has changed a lot in the functioning of the internet and the usage of internet.
The technology was originally developed with the aim in mind that each user would be a receiver as well as a sender of information and data.
And with this in mind the world wide web could actually be knit into a stronger bond where each user would be interdependent on the other.
The idea has been around since 1960s with ARPANET but gained popularity in 1999 when Napster – the popular music and file sharing application gained mainstream popularity.
The p2p technology today mostly runs on programs which are basically compact BitTorrent client with expansive capabilities, which simply put, are the torrent clients. Two of the top names that emerge are BitTorrent and uTorrent.
BitTorrent was the first compact BitTorrent client with expansive capabilities as it was introduced way back in 2001, and was one of the leaders in p2p sharing. It used to be an open source software till its version 6, after which BitTorrent was re-branded and was merged with uTorrent. BitTorrent was the first program which uploaded and downloaded files on p2p networks based on the BitTorrent protocol.
Later as technology developed, it started facing competition from other torrent clients such as Vuze and BitComet, and over the years the BitTorrent company gradually came out with uTorrent in 2005, which changed everything with a new layout and a smoother faster and most importantly, lighter way to do things.
uTorrent was marketed more on its light weight and less memory consumption, and has constantly been one of the best torrent clients, with an approximate 175 to 200 million users using uTorrent, it has become a market leader and one of the most preferred choices of programs in compact BitTorrent client with expansive capabilities genre.
But with great power comes great responsibility, and a lot of piracy is being carried out because of these torrent clients which were originally created for causing the internet to become a better place and knitting the world wide web stronger than ever. It will be interesting to observe what the future holds.