Torrents finally make it onto iPhone and iPad, download directly to iOS

Torrent downloads are common but have been kept off iOS because of their legal issues, until now.

Blue Downloader is a BitTorrent app with restricted access for downloading torrent files directly to iPhone and iPad. The catch? At launch it was only torrent sites approved by the app that could be accessed, but that's now changed allowing Google search making anything accessible. Torrents can be downloaded via the app, which costs £1.99.

Until now torrent apps on Apple's iOS devices were not allowed "because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third-party rights." But since the new app initially only allowed torrent downloads from a few trusted sources, Apple was able to legally allow it.

The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents didn't work at launch, for example. But sites like Archive.org, Linuxtracker and Bitlove were approved – though what torrents you'd find on there are limited. But now users can search via Google suggesting accessing any torrent download should possible.

While Blue Downloader has made it through Apple's usual restrictions it doesn't mean it won't get taken down at a later date. The app's creator, Harrison Tyler, said: "There is an unfortunate stigma associated with torrent downloading. Even though there is almost an equal amount of illegal files on the Internet to regularly download, people still crack down on the evils of BitTorrent."

The Blue Downloader app is available to download from the App Store now for £1.99.

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