11 February 2012

Can't Download Torrent? Looking for a Good Alternative to Torrific? Try ZbigZ!



Downloading files from the internet could not have been made easier with the aid of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol network which is often used as a medium and for the purpose of transferring large amount of data/files over the internet. It is definitely one of the best free alternative over those controversial file hosting service providers; and with the recent seizure of one of the most popular file hosting service provider - Megaupload, many of the file that are uploaded and shared previously with them gone in a blink of an eye, causing those files to became unavailable due to the currently ongoing copyrights infringement fracas. This cause the uploader of the respective file hosting site to lost confident and thrust over those file hosting provider. Rumors are also saying that the file will be deleted permanently, though there are no more updates of news regarding this matter.

Unsurprisingly, many of the previous users of such sites (file hosting such as Filesonic also being affected and their file sharing feature had since been disabled) had since move "on" (perhaps "back"?) to another alternative and it is none other than the BitTorrent peer-to-peer download method. Not only that it doesn't restrict nor put an quota on the user download file or speed (instead, it relies on a system known as seeding and leeching systems), a torrent is also able to be obtain easily from various different sources easily such as The Pirate Bay or private tracker site such as Demonoid.

Alright now lets move on to our main topic. Just a few weeks ago, I had been receiving quite some email from the people inquiring about the recent downtime of Torrific - a torrent network transmitter provider which had been previously reviewed here. It has been confirm that Torrific has officially ceased their operations and decided to finally call it a day for their brilliant service last week. It is a shame, since I has always been a huge fan of it and thought that their service is excellent and kind even to their free users.

This is the reality and what's a sad cruel world that we are living in (did you get what I mean?), but hey, life must goes on! After the closure of Torrific, I had spend some time Googl'ing around for an alternative and finally bump into this website known as ZbigZ - one of the few rare site which offer free torrent uploading and convert it into a direct http file download. 

Now let's see what's waiting in store for us in ZbigZ!


Why do we need it?


Ever wanted to download a torrent file but then you are unable to use the torrent client due to several different reason? The reason could be that of your torrent port had been block by either your government, ISP and so on. This is exactly what happen to me here, and do not fret as ZbigZ is coming on its way to the rescue! What it do is basically that they will do all the hard work for us by download our file to their server so that you can download the file directy from ZbigZ fast http download on their server.


Features and Benefits

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As what that had been stated by the developer on their home page, there will be no need for installation of  any software in order to use their service as it is totally web-based orientated. 

With ZbigZ, you are ensured and guaranteed of your privacy where you will be doing all those torrent uploading and downloads of file directly from ZbigZ server itself.

How to use?

Here are some guideline though you will be able to obtain the instruction and detail from the site itself here, this is another brief and simple manual to make your life easier.

First, navigate to this page and get yourself an free account here


After log in into account, now what you need to do is search for a file that you would like to download.


Go to your desired torrent site and browse for your download. Then right click on the download link and choose to copy link address as shown in the image above.

Next go back to your ZbigZ dashboard and upload it for it to start fetching the torrent.

There are 2 ways of uploading, one is through the one that I had just explained earlier, through copying the torrent file download link address into the address bar provided on the ZbigZ main page. An alternative to it to upload the downloaded torrent (.torrent) file and upload it to directly to the server. Click on the upload and you will be able to choose your desired file.


Wait for it to finish upload the file. The speed of the server depending on the type of account that you are using and most importantly, the torrent that you are using. It depends on the number of seeder of the torrent that it had itself. The higher the number of seeder, the faster the process to be completed.


Click on the green arrow button to start download the file after it had successfully uploaded to the ZbigZ server, you will receive an email notification about it when it is completed (optional enabled by default).

You can delete the file by clicking on the waste bin as shown above right beside the download button.


You will be then redirected to the download page and if you are on free account, it will pop up a notification as shown in the figure above. Choose to download as free user. Note that Premium user have much more speed, bandwidth and other benefits. More feature will be explained later.



Yes, you saw that right. It is clearly stated on their account plan page that the free user download speed is limited to 50kbps only, but I did manage to reach up to 600+kbps which is completely awesome! I am using free account while doing this review for your information. If probably depends on your connection speed but I am not quite sure about it though.


Premium/Free Plan


Here is the comparison of feature between Free user and Premium user.


As a Premium user you will be able granted an unlimited storage space compare to free user which the file will be deleted after a certain of unspecific days upon the day of upload. Follow the link by clicking on the button below to buy the Premium account now.


Conclusion

Overall, the service provided is certainly right on par with the one offered by Torrific though there might be some space for improvements. The server up time is great never experience any down time with it thus far after 2 week testing the service. It is the best alternative to Torrific so far, give it a try yourself today and tell us your tough!


Pros


-Fast Download Speed
-Download Manager Supported
-Great Feature Even for Free User
-Unlike Torrific, ZbigZ Support Private Tracker Torrent Like Demonoid as I Demonstrated Above.
-Premium Account Upload File Extremely Fast. Finish Upload 15+GB File in Less Than 20 Minute During  Testing.

Cons

-Unable to Select and Deselect Our Preferred File to be Uploaded to Server. Also We Can't Set Our
-Download Priority of File.
-Premium Price Could Have Been Cheaper and More Affordable.
-Site Design and Interface Can Still be Improved. No FAQ File for New User to Refer to.


Its a brand new site and the server is impressively stable. Have fun guy!



P/s : I will start posting more review soon probably right after my exam next week as I am currently on examination week but did manage to spare some free time to got this review completed. Hope you enjoy reading it and feel free to leave a comment and reply here if you have any doubt on your mind.






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