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How to download via BitTorrent from Mousebits.com

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol allowing user to download files quickly by allowing people downloading the file to upload (distribute) parts of it at the same time. BitTorrent is often used for distribution of very large files, very popular files and files available for free, as it is a lot cheaper, faster and more efficient to distribute files using BitTorrent than a regular download.

Mousebits.com is a torrent website/community dedicated to the sharing of Disney Park related audio and video content.  Once you register and create an account on the site, you will have access to all of the Disney Park content torrent files.  The torrent files do not contain the audio or video files, but instead contain directions to download the files, to be interpreted by a torrent application.   Once you had downloaded the torrent file and opened it in the torrent program, the file will start downloading.

More details on downloading torrents:

  1. Use mousebits.com to find .torrent text files. A .torrent text file functions as a special pointer to locate a specific file and the swarm of people currently sharing that file. These .torrent files vary from 15kb to 150kb file size, and are published by serious Torrent sharers around the world.
  2. You download the desired .torrent file to your drive (this takes about 5 seconds per .torrent file at cable modem speeds).
  3. You open the .torrent file into your Torrent software. Usually, this is as simple as a a double-click on the .torrent file icon, and the client software auto-launches. In other cases, this software will even open the Torrent file for you.
  4. The Torrent client software will now talk to a tracker server for 2 to 10 minutes, while it scours the Internet for people to swarm with. Specifically, the client and tracker server will search for other users who have the same exact .torrent file as you.
  5. As the tracker locates Torrent users to swarm with, each user will be automatically labeled as either a “leech/peer” or as a “seed” (users who have only part of the target file, versus users who have the complete target file). As you might guess, the more seeds you connect to, the faster your download will be. Commonly, 10 peers/leeches and 3 seeders is a good swarm for downloading a single song/movie.
  6. The client software then begins the transfer. As the name “sharing” implies, every transfer will happen in both directions, “down” and “up” (leech and share).
    *SPEED EXPECTATION: Cable and DSL modem users can expect an average of 25 megabytes per hour, sometimes slower if the swarm is small with less than 2 seeders. On a good day with a big swarm, however, you can download a 5MB song within 3 minutes, and a 900MB movie within 60 minutes.
  7. Once the transfer is complete, leave your Torrent client software running for at least two hours. This is called “seeding” or “good karma”, where you share your complete files to other users.
    Suggestion: do your downloads just before you go to sleep at night. This way, you will seed your complete files, you will increase your upload/download ratio, and you will have complete downloaded files by the time you wake up!
  8. Movie and music plug-ins: you will likely need to install media players and updated codec converters to play your downloads:
  9. Enjoy your movies and songs!

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