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Old 04-19-2010
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Well, the thread's resurrected now, I may as well reply

Under normal conditions, the overhead involved makes torrents slower than a straight single-source download. But sometimes individual mirror servers can get bogged down with requests, usually right after a new release of a popular large file.

Torrenting leverages the clients' distributed upload bandwidth to solve that problem, and it's particularly effective in that case. As a secondary feature, note that servers do occasionally go offline and/or drop a connection. Torrenting greatly reduces the probability of this happening for a given file download due to the multiple sources involved, which is handy for really large files.
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