Has Jamendo Stopped Seeding Torrents?

Jamendo, everyone’s favourite source of excellent free music, has become slightly less excellent. With their update a while back, they introduced direct downloads, but only of MP3 formats – if you want OGG, you’ll have to use the old torrent files.

Not a problem, you’d think – Jamendo used to be seeding ALL of their own stuff all the time, so even if it wasn’t fast, you’d get your download eventually. At some point around the big update of the site, the torrent seeding stopped, though, and it’s never restarted… so unless another Jamendo user is peering the OGG-format of the album you want, you’re stuck with the MP3 version…

I’ve tried a couple of different torrent clients, I’ve re-downloaded the .torrent files in question, I’ve checked my router’s settings… the problem isn’t at my end. Jamendo torrents with peers work; Ubuntu ISOs work; other torrents work. If Jamendo went back to their old practice of seeding everything they offer a .torrent for, they’d work too. It’s hardly a bandwidth issue – a torrent not being requested uses miniscule amounts of bandwidth – especially compared to the bandwidth that must be sucked up by offering the new direct downloads of MP3-format music.

Anyone know who to poke at Jamendo to get proper OGG torrent service restored?

By Brian Burger

Started this site way, way back in November 1998, when the web was young. It's still here, and so am I.

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