The Turkey-based start-up Put.io markets itself as a premier torrent download service, but it’s more than that. In addition to torrents the service supports Rapidshare links, while users can also use Put.io as an online backup platform by uploading files from their computer.
Downloading torrents files through Put.io is achieved with just a few clicks. All that it takes is pasting in a torrent url and Put.io takes care of the download through their connection. Once the download is finished, users can transfer it to their computer, or stream it directly from the remote server if it’s a video file.
The user interface and design of the site is intuitive and easy to use, but perhaps more importantly it was extremely fast during our tests and easily maxed out our connection. However, when more people join and the load on the servers goes up, there could be a degradation in performance.
So what’s the catch you might ask? For beta users the service is totally free, no strings attached. However, once the service goes out of beta it will require users to pay a monthly fee. One of the major downsides, however, is that the service currently requires an invite to join.
There’s some good news for BitTorrent enthusiasts, though. “Right now we’re in private beta. We’re testing our capacity and we need heavy torrent downloaders,” Put.io’s Hasan informed us, while generously offering some invites to curious TorrentFreak readers
We have 200 beta invites to give away, we lobbied for more but Hasan didn’t want to take that risk, expressing concern that the service could not handle the surge in load and bandwidth at this stage.
“I wish I could, but unfortunately we have to go slow with the invites. You can imagine that the load and bandwidth can go up quickly. I can go as high as 200. If it turns out, we can take the load, I’ll add more later,” Hasan said.