Meta search engine Torrentz has surrendered following the recent shut down of their most popular torrent site, Kickass Torrents. Now, it is expected that the users or file sharers will move towards the other two Biggies, Pirate Bay and Extratorrent, but some people are wondering, for how long can these two survive.
The site which has been around since 2003, was shut and disabled by its owners in a surprise move after the arrest of one of its owners. Kickass Torrent was one of the oldest and most popular Torrent sources, ranking as the 186th most popular website worldwide. Unlike Kickass Torrent and Pirate Bay, which actually act as hosts for shared files, Torrentz acted only as a search engine on which to discover which websites had a particular file available from a list of 28 potential sources. It was specifically the lack of actual hosting activities, which made Torrentz more safer to get attacked than some of its brethren, and Torrentz also have a take-down policy for any searched copyright infringing files. It appears, however, that the owners made the decision preemptively, either based on actual knowledge of pending action, or understandable fear that, as one of the largest file hosting sites, it would naturally be the next focus of any take-down measures.
Torrentz, located in Poland, also shares a similar Eastern European location with Kickass Torrents, which was apparently run by a neighboring Ukrainian. Variety, the popular entertainment magazine and website, after discovering that the site had disabled its search function, broke the story in the middle of the night with the notice “Torrentz was a free, and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engine” along with “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
It is still unknown whether there is a plan in place to go after additional sites, as the motivation behind the shutdown is still not clear. Most popular alternative for Kickass Torrents was Torrentz, and now it being shutdown only left alternatives are The Pirate Bay and Extratorrent. But for how long can these two survive is not clear. Pirate Bay became legendary for its resilience in the face of recent attempted shutdowns. It was ironically the Pirate Bay’s previous inconsistency that led to the growth of the two sites which just shut down, but it appears that Pirate Bay is one of the most likely to remain functional in the near future. Whether there is actually any intention to shut Extratorrent down remains to be seen. What is clear however, is that the site now remains an obvious potential target as one of the most popular torrent sites in existence, as now, with the shutdown of Torrentz, popularity of Extratorrent is only expected to grow. This is to inform the users of Kickass torrent and Torrentz that they can still use Pirate Bay and Extratorrent in lien of recent shutdowns of other hosts. Stay tuned for other recent activity regarding torrent shutdowns and we’ll help you find other alternatives too.