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Old 03-30-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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Got a question as I'm halfway tech savvy but not real experienced with torrent files. Is Bitorrent like Limewire used to be where you're sharing files with other users (peer sharing)? I just don't want a bunch of malware on my pc but would like to download some rare music files.

My real question is I found two links seen below and wanted to know if I need to install Bitorrent to convert them to mp3 files or just need a flac converter to decompress them. My ultimate goal is to put them on cd. Seems like I decompressed some files like this years back and completely forgot what I did to get them on cd. Thanks.

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You can download a converter, but I usually just burn them as FLAC files to an Audio disc. They still take the same amount of time if you're burning an 80 minute disc. They're just a bigger file size, but CD-R80s can hold 700 MB.
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They're supposed to be flac files but save as a .torrent file to my machine. Do I need to decompress them or convert them? Trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I figure I could download a flac file CD burner for free but I can't get the original file to flac.
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They're supposed to be flac files but save as a .torrent file to my machine. Do I need to decompress them or convert them? Trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I figure I could download a flac file CD burner for free but I can't get the original file to flac.
Torrent files are different. There should be a folder or something with the FLAC files in it in your downloads folder or where ever you've got your torrent files going. Just double click it or right click>Open Containing Folder on BitTorrent when it's done downloading, and the files should pop up in the folder they're in. I use Utorrent, but I think they're basically the same. I would use CDBurnerXP or DeepBurner to burn FLAC files.
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So you're saying I have to install Bitorrent? I havent done that. Makes sense if so because they can't be downloaded without the source I would assume. Guess I was trying to get around that. Does Bitorrent slow down your machine? Thanks for the responses by the way.

I just saw where you said you use Utorrent. Guessing torrent files are universal. Thanks again.
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Yea, if you don't want them slowing down your computer by seeding to other downloaders, you can just pause or stop the file once it's finished downloading. You can also mess around with the bandwidth allocations and cap your download/upload speeds for UTorrent so that it's not draining all of you internet when it's running with its default unlimited(no cap) bandwidth allocation settings. Or you could just move the files you download to another location(where ever you keep the rest of your music for instance) and then delete the torrent and exit UTorrent when done.
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I download torrents all the time, whether it's music, TV, or movies. As long as you have decent AV on your machine you should be fine.

As another poster said, download UTorrent to download your torrents. I don't seed ANYTHING. As soon as it's done downloading, I delete the torrent. Not the data, just the torrent. That way you aren't seeding it. Then just convert those FLACs with a free converter and then burn as normal.
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Even if you don't seed anything, you still can get caught (unless you pay for a vpn). This article explains it pretty well. I got one email from my internet provider to stop dowloading torrents and I started using https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ it's only a like $30 bucks a year. I haven't gotten any emails since.
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Even if you don't seed anything, you still can get caught (unless you pay for a vpn). This article explains it pretty well. I got one email from my internet provider to stop dowloading torrents and I started using https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ it's only a like $30 bucks a year. I haven't gotten any emails since.
I use a lot of private torrent trackers. Watch out when downloading HBO series on public trackers. They're the worst about catching people and sending warning letters in the mail.
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Thanks, guys. Got it to work using bittorrent. The bittorrent file downloaded as wav files and were easy to slap on a cd. For the etree file I had to convert the flac files to wavs using free Flac Frontend software (took 10 seconds to convert them). Then was able to put on cd with ease. Thanks for the tips.
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Even if you don't seed anything, you still can get caught (unless you pay for a vpn). This article explains it pretty well. I got one email from my internet provider to stop dowloading torrents and I started using https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ it's only a like $30 bucks a year. I haven't gotten any emails since.
All due respect, I call shenanigans on that. I'm not saying that it's physically impossible to get caught if you don't seed. But it's not common to get caught if you don't seed. Between myself and my brother (who lives with me), we download torrents all the time. Pretty much every show we watch on premium cable we download. And have been doing so for years. The ONLY time we have ever gotten an email about piracy was when we forgot to delete a torrent and it was seeding for about 12 hours. Besides, even if they were to catch someone like me, it's not worth their time to fight me in court. I have no money, no assets, and good luck with a default judgment. However, to each his own. I'll continue to do it my way without paying to mask my IP. After all, that defeats the whole purpose of downloading the stuff anyway if I have to pay for some service.
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