Described as “Popcorn Time for music”, Aurous is a new streaming service that utilises a decentralised BitTorrent search engine.
With that, the app promises to offer all the music available on the internet at no cost. Aurous works by scanning archives of BitTorrent P2P sharing files, where the files are hosted by anonymous “seeders”. “The app itself is decentralized, nothing routes through any external servers for the primary features. Even if as a project, development stopped and we shut down our website, the app would still continue functioning without any problems. It can look through entire BitTorrent archives in milliseconds to get individual files,” said app developer Andrew Sampson to Torrentfreak.
The main selling point of Aurous, is its ad free feature, along with its ability to stream such anti-Spotifiers as The Beatles and Taylor Swift. “From time to time you may see a banner-based ad or sponsored content,” Sampson added. “However none of these will interrupt your streams/music playback, nor will you ever hear an audio advertisement.”
Aurous is scheduled to drop for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android (with iOS a possibility, should Apple approve – unlikely) in mid-October, and create another headache for the music industry. Though successful in shuttering Grooveshark‘s copyright uploading, Aurous may be a more difficult endeavour as it is simply a search engine for file location.