[bittorrent] Podcasting via bittorrent

David P. Mott dpmott at sep.com
Tue Apr 19 13:29:56 EDT 2005

Keep in mind that I haven't tried this...

Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net) has an RSS plug-in 
(http://azureus.sourceforge.net/plugin_details.php?plugin=rssfeed) and 
also has a built-in tracker.  I'm not sure how you would *generate* the 
RSS feed, but I'm assuming that there are tools out there to do that.

So, in Azureus, you can host and seed the torrent (all from within one 
instance of one application).  Then, send out the RSS feed, and make sure 
that all of your buddies are running Azureus with the (correctly 
configured) RSS plug-in.

Magic should ensue, causing the media to appear on peer machines.

If it matters at all, you can also configure the Azureus tracker and peers 
to use username/passwords (this is a non-standard protocol extension).

For others that are interested in the media but do not run an RSS-enabled 
bittorrent client, they could just go to your tracker web page (yes, 
Azureus has a built-in web server for this purpose) and they can download 
the torrent file from you.  This assumes that you forward the appropriate 
port(s) through your firewall.

Does that help?


> From: Andrew Dubber <dubber at gmail.com>
> Subject: [bittorrent] Podcasting via bittorrent
> Hi,
> What I'd like to do is have the RSS enclosure link to a .torrent file
> rather than a .mp3 file, and then seed the torrent myself. This seems
> reasonably straightforward, except for the fact that I don't seem to
> be able to locate a Bittorent host that is not in danger of being
> summarily shut down or that I don't have to apply for permission to
> post each individual file on a 'legit' server. There are no copyright
> issues on my podcasts - it's just a couple of guys talking.
> Thoughts?
> Cheers,
> Dubber

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