BitTorrent index websites TorLock and TorrentFunk have revealed the most popular torrent downloads among South Africans from their websites.
Sites such as TorrentFreak regularly publish lists of the top 10 movies download using BitTorrent, while torrent trackers and indices often maintain lists of the most popular torrents on their services.
However, there is still precious little data available about the torrenting habits of South Africans.
Both sites offer a searchable database of “torrent” files, which are required by BitTorrent client applications to download content from peers.
These torrent files are uploaded by the site’s users, with TorrentFunk boasting over 500,000 torrents and an automated verification system based on download frequency, file size, and “other relevant factors.”
TorLock claims to list only verified torrents, offering a $1 reward for every “fake” spotted. On 3 April 2012, the TorLock front page stated that it hosts 598,306 verified torrents.
The below table shows the 15 most popular torrents among South Africans as per the two sites:
|1||VA – Best World Hits (2012)||We Bought A Zoo 2011 DVDRip XviD-NeDiVx|
|2||Playboys Totally Busted Vol2 2005 DVDRip XviD-FiCO||Chris de Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories|
|3||The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn-Part1BRRip XviD-ETRG||Permanently Activate Office 2010 Professional Plus|
|4||The Iron Lady 2011 DVDRip XviD-TARGET||Mass Effect 3|
|5||Top Gear 18×06 HDTV XviD-FoV||Johnny English Reborn DVDRIP Jaybob|
|6||The Help DVDRip XviD||The DuchessDvDrip-FX|
|7||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011 R5 DVDRip XviD AC3-26K||Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 R6 HDRip READNFO XviD AC3-RemixHD|
|8||Safe House 2012 TS V2 READNFO XviD – SiC||Fifa Street – Cool Release|
|9||Machine Gun Preacher 2011 Dvdrip Xvid Cinemagic||Two And A Half Men S09E19 HDTV X264|
|10||Spartacus Vengeance S02E08 HDTV X264-ASAP Mp4||Greys Anatomy S08E17 HDTV XviD|
|11||Greys Anatomy S03E23 HDTV XviD||Williams’ Gynecology|
|12||The Darkest Hour (2011) DVDRip XviD – Team MJY (SG)||X-FILES – Complete Seasons 1-9|
|13||Two And A Half Men S09E19 HDTV X264 Mp4||Zumba Fitness – 4 DivX And 1 Audio Cd|
|14||The River S01E08 HDTV X264 Mp4||Practical Electronics Handbook|
|15||The Darkness II-SKIDROW||Chris de Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories|