As of March 23, 2012, the Top 11 Torrent Sites are listed below. This 4-page list is a compilation of recommendations submitted by hundreds of readers. This list is in random order, and is updated weekly.
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NEW: BitSnoop was recommended by reader Melody, who speaks very highly about its navigability, reliability, and clean design. Using a growing community of users to help police the content, BitSnoop offers minimal advertising and reassuring tagging of good torrents. Look for the green ‘verified’ tags, and you’re bound to find good downloads here. Definitely try BitSnoop.com, and let us know what you think of this newer site.
Torlock is special. These folks actually pay their users commission for uncovering fake torrents and reporting it to their community. In a world of phony files, this is a tremendous service. If you are a regular downloader, and are tired of wasted downloads and fraudulent files, give Torlock a try.
Isohunt is offered at three different servers: ‘Isohunt Lite‘, ‘Isohunt.hk’. and the original Isohunt.com. The Canadian Recording Industry Association forcibly compelled Isohunt in April of 2010 to change its torrent indexing, or else be prosecuted for secondary copyright infringement. Accordingly, Isohunt Lite is formatted to be a form of ‘Web-wide torrent Google’, but with the sorting, ranking, and user rating features of Isohunt.com. Isohunt.com continues to operate under an umbrella of threat of being shut down, so don’t wait to use this service while you can. Details of the CRIA lawsuit are available at the Isohunt Lite web page above.
2011: Isohunt.com has been fueled by adult advertising. It’s not quite pornographic, but Russian dating service ads abound. This will be a turnoff for some users, but the Isohunt.com service is still one of the very best torrent indices you will find online.
Demonoid.me is the benchmark private torrent site. All other private P2P communities compare themselves to Demonoid, and even with the massive competition, Demonoid still remains a top site in the eyes of downloaders everywhere. If you successfully get a registered membership at Demonoid, do not abuse it. Thousands of people are happy to take your spot if you do not share files and maintain your requisite ratio.
7. Torrent Funk
Torrent Funk is a crowd pleaser. TF employs ‘verified torrent’ tagging to help reduce the number of fakes you will experience. Additionally, the cross-movie recommendations are very helpful, and multiple About.com readers have strongly recommended Torrent Funk. Give this site a try and let us know if you like it.
Flixflux is a United Kingdom torrent site that is very popular with European downloaders.
Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and Last.fm radio, so it has some friendly methods for browsing and discovering movies and music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home page, and the fake finderfeature is also very useful for avoiding bad files. Definitely give Fenopy a try.
VCDQ.com is technically not a torrent site… rather, it is a verification site that employs a committee of serious users to confirm torrents. Ideal for movie fans who are seeking new releases, VCDQ.com will indeed tell you if legitimate torrent files have been found and verified for that particular movie. You just need to copy the torrent names and paste them into a torrent search engine like Isohunt.com to locate the seeds. Definitely give VCDQ.com a try; this is a great resource for avoiding fake torrent files and finding true files faster.
3. Torrent Cafe
This young new private site needs users, but About.com readers already like the service. The interface is not as clean as some of its competition, but the seed-to-leech ratios are excellent right now. Sign up and give Torrent Café a try… let us know what you think of it.
2. Kick Ass Torrents(my favorite)
Kick Ass Torrents is a favorite site with a growing community. The interface is a distinctive earth color, and the search results display in a useful format of columns, including torrent health. The best part of Kick Ass Torrents is their comment and feedback system… the user community watches the quality of torrents, and offers their recommendations and warnings.
January 2012: BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down its operations. BTjunkie was a solid torrent service for reasons of its massive database, its email updates of new additions, its Twitter updates and useful reporting and comment features. Many users will miss having this website. RIP, BTjunkie!