The peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent, and its proprietary client μTorrent, have been downloaded more than two billion times on various platforms.
The company announced that it surpassed that number of installations on Windows, Mac and Android.
The company credits the milestone on the longstanding popularity of its Classic desktop torrent clients, as well as its new web-based torrent downloader and player built for the streaming age.
According to Justin Sun, founder of TRON and CEO of BitTorrent, quoted on a blog post:
"Today we celebrate our history and everyone involved in making the BitTorrent protocol and our products a success. We look forward to fulfilling our mission of improving the protocol and introducing new use cases, such as decentralized file storage and live streaming products."
Co-founded by Bram Cohen in 2004, BitTorrent, Inc. is the largest decentralized peer-to-peer network in the world.
Acquired by Justin Sun’s Tron Foundation in July 2018 for a rumored $140 million, BitTorrent at its peak has had more than 170 million people using the protocol every month.
In 2019, the network accounted for 3% of all downstream, and 28% of all upstream, traffic across the internet.
Following the announcement, Sun as the CEO of BitTorrent hinted future products for the company.
“We look forward to fulfilling our mission of improving the protocol and introducing new use cases, such as decentralized file storage and live streaming products.”
As with many projects Sun is involved with, the platform has been involved in controversy. Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin once commented by calling Sun a dictator that zombified BitTorrent: