Top 20 Torrent Download Sites of 2011
1. Isohunt.com Isohunt is a longtime site that has earned both the respect of P2P
users everywhere...and the negative attention of the recording industry. While
being sued by the CRIA, the Isohunt team continues to provide solid service. The
Isohunt community monitors itself for fake files. When choosing your torrents,
read the user comments, and only trust those files that have earned multiple green
positive replies at Isohunt. Avoid any torrents that have red font numbers and
negative comments, and you should be have good experiences at Isohunt. NOTE:
adult advertising has become very prevalent at Isohunt, but if you can put up with
the skimpily-clad girls, this site continues to be one of the true standout torrent
2. Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and
Last.fm radio, so it offers engaging information for discovering movies and
music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home
page, and the fake finder feature is also very useful for avoiding bad files.
Definitely give Fenopy a try.
3. Kick Ass Torrents.com This site is a new favorite with a growing community.
The interface is a distinctive earth color, and the search results display in a useful
format of columns, including torrent health. The best part of Kick Ass Torrents is
their comment and feedback system... the user community watches the quality of
torrents, and offers their recommendations and warnings. Kick Ass Torrents could
become a very big player in the P2P world of 2010. Check these folks out, and
let's see if they grow in user size.
4. VCDQ.com: VCDQ.com isn't technically a torrent search site; rather, VCDQ
specializes in verifying torrents. VCDQ employs a committee of serious users to
confirm that torrents do indeed exist for thousands of titles, especially brand new
movie releases. Use VCDQ to confirm that a title is available, then copy the
torrent name to paste into a search engine like Isohunt.com. Definitely give
VCDQ.com a try; this is a great resource for avoiding fake torrent files.
5. BitSnoop.com This site was recommended by reader Melody, who speaks very
highly about its navigability, reliability, and clean design. Using a growing
community of users to help police the content, BitSnoop offers minimal
advertising and reassuring tagging of good torrents. Look for the green 'verified'
tags, and you're bound to find good downloads here. Definitely try BitSnoop.com,
and let us know what you think of this newer site.
6. Torlock Torlock is special. These folks actually pay their users commission for
uncovering fake torrents and reporting it to their community. In a world of phony
files, this is a tremendous service. If you are a regular downloader, and are tired of
wasted downloads and fraudulent files, give Torlock a try.
7. Torrents.to This site has a Tonga country domain name, but certainly offers
plentiful metasearching of movies and music in English and Spanish. There are
some popup advertisements that are annoying, but perhaps you might like the
framed interface for searching other torrent sites.
8. Demonoid.com Demonoid is a private community, and members are held liable
for any leeching that their invited friends do in this community. If you are lucky
enough to get a Demonoid membership, invite your friends carefully, lest you lose
your own membership.
9. Torrentcafe.com This site is new, and needs to grow its user base some more.
But Torrentcafe comes highly recommended by several About.com readers, so
please give it a try and let us know how you like it.
10. TorrentZap: TorrentZap is not as large of a catalog as other torrent search
engines. And, as with all sites, you need to endure advertising to keep it a no-cost
service. But the interface is clean, bright, and easy to navigate. Try this site out,
skip past the 'external search results' to find the real torrents at TorrentZap, and let
us know what you think.
11. LinuxTracker.org (For legal linux torrents and virtual machines.)
12. Torrent Root: as another metasearch engine, Torrent Root will scan through
other search engines on your behalf, and display the results in a slick tabbed
13. Torrent Tree
This search site is written in Ajax code language. Like any metasearch engine,
Torrent Tree pulls its results from many other search engines. But Torrent Tree
pulls *more* search results than any other current metasearcher. Definitely give
this site a try.
14. Blues Brothers: Blues Brothers is a private site with a strong community and
file-sharing ethic. As a private site, you can expect the leeching (selfish) users to
be reduced. The BB community also strives to police itself by carefully watching
each member's upload ratio... if you abuse your ratio, you are blocked from
downloading until you donate. This policy may seem a bit harsh, but members
seem to really appreciate it.
15. CinemaTorrents: this site offers something really unique: IMDB ratings and
vote information right on the search page. You can see public opinions on the
movie itself before you download.
16. Flixflux: a UK torrent site that is very popular with European downloaders. The
advertising is not suitable for young people, and the sponsored links get mixed in
with the torrent results. But many UK readers highly recommend this site for
movies and music.
17. Torrentbit.nl This Netherlands site offers a simple interface and large index of
torrents. It also offers a broad selection of European language movies and music.
18. Nowtorrents.com Now Torrents (allegedly) offers a special service: it filters out
fake/dead torrents. It also offers date-range searching, so you can search for
specific years of content (e.g. Flight of the Conchords, 2008).
19. Scrapetorrent.com is another torrent meta-search engine that is gaining
popularity. The site can be slow to load, but the interface is pleasing, and
advertising is kept to a minimum at Scrapetorrent.
20. Plentyoftorrents: this is a kind of launchpad search engine that offers choices
where you want to search. Multiple users have recommended Plentyoftorrents this
summer; let us know what you think of this site.