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BitTorrent introduces new P2P file management service, Sync

BitTorrent has unveiled a new service, dubbed Sync, that will let users synchronise personal files across multiple devices.

BitTorrent Sync is currently in the pre-Alpha stage, and the company is looking for volunteers to test it out.

"We're hoping that users like you can help us build something sick," BitTorrent said in a blog post. "If you're comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you're committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you."

Enrollment for the pre-Alpha program will be limited to an unspecified number of testers. Those who are interested can fill out the online application and await your invitation.

The system uses peer-to-peer technology to sync files between devices. Details are scant, but a BitTorrent spokesman explained that Sync will allow direct synchronisation between machines without any cloud caching via native apps for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux, as well as native NAS integration. Files will be encrypted, as well.

"We like it when things work together," BitTorrent said in its blog post. "So we've been working on a new distributed syncing product to help manage personal files between multiple computers."

The small mobile phone icon under "Devices" in the screen shot provided by BitTorrent (see image, top) suggests that BitTorrent Sync will work with your mobile device. BitTorrent did not comment about that possibility, but told GigaOm that "It may be too early to say when mobile will be in play, but BitTorrent is committed to mobile across the board."

BitTorrent Sync will go up against popular cloud-storage services like Dropbox, Google, and Amazon. The news also comes shortly after Kim Dotcom unveiled his Mega file-sharing service.