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BitTorrent unveils 'sick' sync service

BitTorrent pulls back the drop cloth on its new file synchronization service, simply called BitTorrent Sync, and asks people to help build something "sick" -- the good way, we presume.

BitTorrent Sync, a new service to synchronize your files across multiple computers.

(Credit: BitTorrent)

Among the myriad modern ways to transfer files from one computer to another, you can now add BitTorrent Sync to the list. The company unveiled a very rough, pre-alpha version of the service today as part of its new initiative for developing new tech called BitTorrent Labs.

In a blog post announcing BitTorrent Sync, the company revealed few details. It's designed to "manage personal files across multiple computers," the company wrote. They also requested user feedback to help them "build something sick. If you're comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you're committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you," the post reads.

Currently, you must fill out an application and wait for a response before you can use the service. It asks numerous questions, including how many computers you intend to use the service on, which operating systems you want to use Sync on, and which country you live in.

According to the blog TorrentFreak, once you're in the service is easy to set up even though it's in pre-alpha. The blog also notes that syncing is not entirely a new thing for BitTorrent. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter use torrents to distribute files and for software deployments.

Sync joins other BitTorrent experiments such as BitTorrent Live for live-streaming, and the recently announced BitTorrent Surf for turning Google Chrome into a torrent client.

Editor's note: Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

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