BitTorrent, the company behind the popular BitTorrent protocol, has today announced the launch of its own music streaming service called ‘BitTorrent Now’ with a new app that is currently available on Android and is coming soon to iOS and Apple TV as well. The ad-supported streaming service for music and video hosts content from content creators who sign up to distribute their work through the platform.
With BitTorrent Now, you listen to songs from your favorite artists and also follow them from within the app. Most of the content is currently free but artists can choose to make it paid or free but with ads. The company says that artists who participate in the BitTorrent’s pilot program for ad streaming will get 70% of the revenue. BitTorrent also has a team working to curate music and film for its users; there are also trending tabs to let you see what’s most popular on the service and a “new releases” section.
“This is BitTorrent Now: a platform that’s powered by awesome people like you. This is last record store; live from your TV, from your phone, from San Francisco, to Moscow, to Sao Paulo. And this is distribution built by and for creators; the Internet’s original, and outside, voices.
Artists like Yung Jake, who ask us to rewire our understanding of the web. Musicians like Kerli, Kyiki, Bosco & Speakerfoxxx, who call for equality in the recording industry. Filmmakers like Adam Bhala Lough, who capture change and the world around us. Studios and distributors like A24, Oscilloscope Labs, Drafthouse Films, Factory25, Honora and Super Deluxe, who stay weird”.
Last month, the company launched a new ‘BitTorrent Live’ video streaming app for Apple TV, offering coverage across news, sports, music, tech, and youth culture channels. To learn more about BitTorrent Now, click here.