FrostWire is a free BitTorrent client for the Windows operating system which allows users to download any type of files they want. The search functionality has support for music, images, movies, programs and even eBooks if you want something to read. All of these types of files can be downloaded for free, you just have to locate a valid .torrent file which can be obtained from websites such as The Pirate Bay or you could even use the search function in the application which will do exactly the same job.
FrostWire was originally created back in 2004. At the time, there was a lot of pressure from media organisations and the Government to crack down on pieces of software like this, which gave users with the ability to obtain copyrighted data without paying for it which was costing them a large amount of money. The most popular network at the time was called Limewire, something which provided very similar features to this one – it had tens of millions of users, but it was completely centralized. This is where all of the transfers had to go through one main server, a very risky strategy because it makes it very easy for the Government to shut it down. This is exactly what happened, it was shut down shortly after and a replacement was needed, hence this one was born.
This was built in a completely different way. It was open source which meant that anyone could access the source code, it is packaged alongside the tool. This is secure because even if the official website was shut down, thousands of other websites would be able to provide it. It also means that other developers can help to contribute to the project, adding new features and even fixing bugs that are causing issues. It makes users much less reliant on the developers because anyone can lead the project if they really want to. Another benefit is that it is decentralised, which means it isn’t relying on one server to provide the details for all of the transfers, which makes it incredibly difficult for organisations to shut it down. In fact, not even the core developers are able to shut down a network like this and it really makes a huge difference. Even after many years of operation, it still works today and does an excellent job.
There was a lot of changes throughout the years, adapting the application to current trends. For example, YouTube support was enabled as an extra, just like the ability to download torrents from your cell phone. Perhaps the biggest change was in version 4.20 when the torrent protocol was adopted, before then users could only use the peer to peer network that they’d created. It made the program much more accessible and gave people the choice of where they wanted to download from, the only thing was that by making this change, people began to stop using this network. As a result, in version 5 the P2P network was completely taken out and it was re-launched as a BitTorrent-only client. This was a change that everyone was expecting and actually led to further growth of the app. It became one of the most popular file sharing software packages of all time, even Limewire themselves recommended it on their website.