Cloud sync and sharing services, like Dropbox and co., are great. They allow people to have access to their files wherever they are with minimal effort. But they're a first step from a device-centric world to a cloud-centric one. While content lives in the cloud, it's still synced and then 'consumed' on devices.
Eventually, everything will stay in the cloud and be simply streamed to the devices. Dropbox is actually moving towards this, with the online photo slideshow viewer for example or, better yet, with video streaming in the mobile app.
Boxopus is yet another step
in that direction, an even more symbolic one, it allows users to "download" files shared via BitTorrent straight to their Dropbox cloud. What this means is that those files never have to hit any of your devices, they go straight to your online storage.
From there, obviously, by default, they'll end up on any device you sync with Dropbox. The end result is pretty much the same, the files you want get on your devices.
But, whereas normally, you would first download the files, then upload them back to the cloud to have them available on other devices, with Boxopus the files go directly to the cloud and then to the devices you want.
The beauty of this, of course, is that you can do it from anywhere, simply visit Boxopus, a new service that is now in open beta, and add a .torrent file. Better yet, several large BitTorrent websites are integrating Boxopus, so you'll get a link to send the torrent straight to your Dropbox account, with just one click.
There's another benefit, all downloads will be anonymous since Boxopus
is the one connecting to the BitTorrent swarm and downloads the file to its servers.
The service is free, for now, but as you can imagine, it's not going to stay that way, the storage and bandwidth expenses would be prohibitive. Due to recent coverage, the service is also having some problems dealing with the influx of new users.
That didn't last long, Dropbox cut off Boxopus
since it could be "perceived as encouraging users to violate copyright using Dropbox." Boxopus is now looking at other online storage providers to work with.