This is more a question than a story. Why is Bit Torrent working so much better for me than Kazaa?
I’ve played around with some different p2p programs in time, way back to the old days when Napster was Napster. I’ve played with BearShare a bit. More recently, I had done fairly well with Kazaa. I’ve been particularly pleased to have tracked down a lot of out of print, obscure old country records by Stringbean and Grandpa Jones especially.
But lately, the practical usage of Kazaa has become pretty crappy. Even for things indicating multiple peers with the file, it seems hard to access, and tending to lose the connections before the files are complete.
On the other hand, I’ve been playing here lately with Bit Torrent, which has generally done much better. This is somewhat odd, in that it is largely setup for albums, and other relatively large files. Indeed, it seems that even the mp3s are most often recorded at higher encryption rates, like 192, which of course makes the files much bigger.
However, in the practice, it seems that I can much quicker and more reliably download a whole album with Bit Torrent than I can a single song via current Kazaa. This is even though I have only a dial-up connection available out here in the countryside. I seem to be able to get an 80 mb album file via Bit Torrent quicker and rarely losing access to files mid-download quicker and more reliably than I can get just 4 or 5 mb for a single song with Kazaa. Plus, it’s much easier to pause mid-download and come back to it reliably.
So this is, as I said, a question. Why is this?
Also, I’ve seen much less nonsense with record company sponsored fake or drone files with Bit Torrent. I seem to find at least half or more of the files for anything current listed through Kazaa are drones. Only once or twice have I gotten decoys with Bit Torrent. Why is this?