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ExtraTorrent Says Goodbye

Farewell, ExtraTorrent

ExtraTorrent is probably gone for good. Our friends at Torrentfreak gave us the bad news this morning that one of the more popular torrenting sites, ExtraTorrent, has decieded to shut down permanently.

We already recently lost KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu. Isohunt also shut down a couple of years ago “indefinitely” after years of court battles over copyright issues with the MPAA.

Demonoid has been on and off for years as well.

Many of our readers are wondering what will be left?

As of now, The Pirate Bay (thepiratebay.org) still functions, but they have had a rocky ride the last few years – many of the main players have faced raids, prison time and are still tied up in courts. TPB seems to live up to its slogan, however, “The galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site“.

ExtraTorrent Closes on Wednesday

The beloved torrent site left us with this message on their home page: “ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones. Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community. ET was a place to be…. May 17, 2017″

No one knows yet if the contributers to ExtraTorrent are under legal pressure, but it would follow the trend in relation to pirate sites in recent years.

The internet reacts to the loss:

🙁

What’s left to do?

Dumped!

Interesting Theory

We’re all struggling bro

Techworm_in has some alternative suggestions:

An update from Torrentfreak:

Update: We were informed by SaM that ExtraTorrent’s release group ETRG is gone now. “Ettv and Ethd could remain operational if they get enough donations to sustain the expenses and if they people handling it ready to keep going,” we were told. (Read more…)

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Many Fans Illegally Download Frank Ocean’s #Blond Album

R&B singer and songwriter Frank Ocean released his new album Blond exclusively to Apple Music. This caused fans to flock to torrent and other illegal file sharing sites to download the album. The entire album has also surfaced for free on Google Drive. (Digital Music News)

Because other popular streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal are unable to stream Blonde, those who are not subscribers to Apple’s service have had to find other means of obtaining the album. A quick Google search has also led some listeners to file locker locations containing the album files. Some Reddit threads have links to file hosting sites like Zippyshare to help share the album more widely.

Since Blonde was released exclusively to Apple Music, some have signed up for the service specifically to hear the album:

Others are promoting pirating the album for those who don’t want to pay or sign up for Apple Music:

Having given exclusive rights to Apple Music, the Frank Ocean brand has gone against Kim Dotcom’s suggestions for stopping piracy:

By not making the album easy to buy or obtain, many people feel that piracy is a better option for those who are not subscribers to Apple Music.