I am not sure I get the whole "sharing" thing. Could someone let me know how to download these??? Thanks
You sound like me before I finally decided that there were too many interesting things being torrented and that it was a great way to share some of the projects that I'd been working on for myself, such as my needledrops.
I'm surprised that we don't have a sticky general "how-to" section in the Web Boots forum to give newcomers to torrents a general overview of sharing and provide a place for them to ask questions.
I'm no expert on this as I just got into the torrent game last July or so. Basically you need an application like ÂµTorrent which is what I've been using. Through this application you can upload and download things such as audio. An application like ÂµTorrent is called a torrent client. There are other torrent clients out there and they're typically free downloads.
Once you have a torrent client installed then you need a website that sponsors torrents. Demoniod & Oink were a couple of the popular ones around here but they're now shut down. If you pay attention to some of the threads in the Web Boots forum you'll be able to learn about other sites that are currently being used. Some of these sites require an invitation from an existing site member to join. Others you need only register.
It also helps if you have an internet connection that's faster than dial-up. That makes your uploading & downloading go faster.
On the torrent sites I've bounced around with I've found that most of them have tutorial sections/forums that help the beginner learn how to set up their particular torrent client and then also what steps you need to take to be able to download or upload something. Some sites have been very simple to work with while others are fairly complicated and take some effort to sort through their procedures for creating and uploading a torrent.
As to the sharing aspect, some sites keep track of how much you download in relation to how much you upload and translate that into a "share ratio". Some sites might have strict rules regarding share ratios and if a member does mainly nothing but download something and then run off to the next item to download the may get banned from the site. After downloading something it's a good idea to leave your torrent client running so that you now become a source (seed) for others to download from. This is part of the sharing aspect and is generally considered good manners.
One of the biggest reservations I had with torrents was that I was never comfortable with the idea of leaving my computer on for folks to reach in and upload from me. This does not seem to be a problem because you can specify exactly and limit the location on your computer where items are made available for others to access. When you download items, they also go to a specific folder that you create for your downloads.
While it all seems complicated at first, with a little time and effort, and asking questions most folks seem to be able to get a handle on the process. The hard part is finding a site that doesn't get shut down.
I won't go any deeper at this time but maybe someone else might add to the confusion I may have started here.