Posted in industry | music on February 6, 2012

BT Junkie

BTjunkie, one of the largest torrent file-sharing sites, shut down voluntarily over the weekend. The service ranked among the top five torrent sites on the Internet and was never involved in legal action, but recent moves against the likes of MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay have influenced BTjunkie's closure.

"This is the end of the line my friends," reads a short message from BTjunkie owner, now visible on the site. "The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best," the message says. -[PC World]

In related news, prison sentences were recently made final for Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström after being denied appeals to the Swedish Supreme Court.

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Comments (46)

RIP pirate bay

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:32 AM

the pirate bay was always 1337. case and point - the founders are in jail and the site is still running.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:34 AM

This is a bummer. Where to find torrents now?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:34 AM

A person's "right to communicate" is not a right to violate copyright laws. Piracy is not a freedom of speech issue.

Posted by Jeff Dowder | February 6, 2012 10:34 AM

torrentz.eu

best torrent site, like metacritic for illegal shit

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:39 AM

The tide is finally turning. We all knew this day would come. Prepare to be judged.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:43 AM

at 10:34, 1337 is not running a public tracker In the first place. demonoid still reigns!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:44 AM

HUMMUSjunkie

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:46 AM

1337 is not getting caught.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:49 AM

I don't get how people are all bothered by this. It's illegal. Maybe I do it too but it's against the law.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:52 AM

Free Kim DotCom

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:56 AM

1052 read what you just wrote. that's why people are bothered.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:05 AM

You're all idiots. Anyone using torrents after Napster is a fucking moron separated at birth from common sense or too young to know why they are so traceable.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:10 AM

Stop making hummus infused music that isn't worth the bandwidth its stolen on and then maybe,just maybe I will spend money on it. My sausage budget is already through the roof, so I got to make cuts somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:13 AM

Um... Napster wasn't a torrent site and nearly everyone here has been "illegally" downloading music for 15+ years without recourse. Traceable? Maybe ten people had charges pressed, and they were typically 14 year old girls and elicited a storm of protest from the public. The only "morons" are the ones paying $17.99 for a cd that costs .02 cents to manufacture or $12.99 for a download, $11.99 of which goes to iTunes and NOT the band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:18 AM

Why don't you guys try buying music for a change. You come on here professing to be such music lovers and then you rip off the very artists you claim to support.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:18 AM

1118 I like to believe what you're saying but the band only getting a dollar for selling 12.99 download on itunes seems fishy...

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:23 AM

11:18 - grossly misinformed. And yes, I have the evidence to prove it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:24 AM

...but suspiciously won't actually provide any of it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:30 AM

cannot stop laughing at 1110. beyond clueless.


torrent and illegal music are almost completely irrelevant, as torrent is used for bigger files (i.e. leaked movie screeners, full computer programs and videogames, blu-ray quality disc rips). i've never downloaded an album/LP off torrent - that's what file hosting sites are for with their 500mb limits and shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:33 AM

11:18 - CDs cost $17.99? Do the CDs you buy still come in long boxes, too?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:34 AM

Nothing has been stopped at all.Torrents and file hosting for everything is still alive and well. The Pirate bay is still going and the founders are not in jail. They are never going to be in jail. They don't actually live in Sweden anymore.
Try to get a clue you dumb idiots

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 11:38 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:07 PM

Jason Loewensyein: "I just took a look at my latest mechanical royalty statement regarding "at sixes and sevens" I am earning $.06 per single download and $.10 per album download. "

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:20 PM

That's from Jason Loewnstein's blog (Sebadoh, Fiery Furnaces) there's a lit more to it but BV won't even let me copy the http address.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:33 PM

lmao at everyone talking about "it's hurting the artists!!!!!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:33 PM

11:33 laughs and totally misdirects the conversation

Silly child. You are an idiot. Prove that I'm wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 12:38 PM

"how much do artists make from digital download stores like iTunes? According to Eminem's former producers, not much - perhaps as little as 12 percent of what the label recieves, which itself ie estimated to be about only 70 percent of the purchase price."

.12 X .70 = .084%

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:00 PM

i don't like to pay for anything. i want to live free or die.

Posted by occupy | February 6, 2012 1:02 PM

"torrent is used for bigger files"
yeah, I'm sure all the chipmunks that upload shit are following our guidelines to what is acceptable to use torrents for.
Fucking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:15 PM

It's good to support an artist, but the best way would be seeing them live and picking up something there. It'll be cheaper and all the money will
go right to them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:17 PM

1:00, your math is a bit off....

.12 X .70 = .084 = 8.4%

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:44 PM

1.00 nice point, wrong math. it's .084 OR 8.4%. Percents and decimals are different dummy. Should have taken out the earbuds in 6th grade. they warned you that this would come up someday in real life.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 1:47 PM

Gosh, you totally got me. 8% vs .08% TOTALLY negates my argument, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 2:10 PM

It kind of does negate your argument actually.

8% doesn't sound bad at all considering all of the work that goes into creating and selling an album beyond what the artist alone contributes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 2:48 PM

haha - only off by a factor of 100. point stands!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 4:17 PM

1238 not misdirecting the conversation; rather saying that 'torrent' and 'napster' do not belong in the same sentence, and explaining why.


it is extremely easy to make your torrent downloading untraceable; block uploading, zero seeding/all leeching, access through Vidalia network, proxy servers. i'm not gonna explain how to not get caught downloading shit for people who know nothing about computers (i.e. the only people who would ask such a question).

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 5:13 PM

WHATS GOING ON?! THE WORLD IS ENDING!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 6:50 PM

Wow, when did the comments section devolve into a bunch of children ranting n

Posted by Fugit | February 6, 2012 8:38 PM

so... a band should only get 8% of their music?

congratulations. you are the dumbest hipster alive.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 12:05 AM

A band should get whatever percentage they agree to in their contract. I get 100% of all my hummus sales after kicking in to BIG CHICK PEA, BIG OLIVE OIL and various other entities. The key is that I don't deal with a middle man. Bands are free to employ this strategy as well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 12:53 AM

Jay Z still a bitch yo

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 8:27 AM

I use btscene.eu its by far the best public torrent site right now.

Posted by BTscene | February 9, 2012 9:49 AM

BTscene is pretty good.

When I look for stuff I don't find there I search on bitzone.eu - not bad either.

So many new sites since BTjunkie shut down... crazy hydra :D

Posted by John | April 30, 2012 4:23 AM

Not the end of that, pretty sure...

Posted by Sem | December 11, 2012 2:21 PM

good work! i love is jobs!

Posted by Acompanhantres RJ | April 22, 2013 10:54 PM

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