During the past few weeks we saw the shut down of several BitTorrent trackers. While the loss of these sites will definitely be felt for days to come, BitTorrent as a whole remains unaffected. For most General trackers, there always were other sites waiting to fill the void left behind by them. But how about specialized trackers that focus on a certain niche? These sites are not so easily replaced. As you may or may not know, MakeGratMusic and CatTorrent, two private trackers that specialized in Audiobooks, Ebooks (both fiction and non fiction) and other Infotainment material, are currently down. However there’s no reason to be unhappy if you are a fan of such content – the awesome folks at My Anonamouse tracker are here to help.
We hear people talking about trackers such as BitMe and BitSpyder almost everyday but perhaps you may not have even heard about My Anonamouse until now. Well that’s a shame because My Anonamouse excels at doing what it claims to do. With over 24000 registered users and over 20000 indexed torrents, it is a pretty large niche tracker with a content rich torrent index. So what kind of torrents exactly does My Anonamouse track? The answer is given in their invite request page itself:
If you are a musician, you will find: Lick libraries, sheet music, instructional media as well as Concert DVDs.
For book lovers, we have an amazing selection of both audio and ebooks, ranging from current 'blockbuster' releases to those rare gems.
Our recently added Comic/Graphic Novel section is growing daily.
Most E-Learning/E-book torrent trackers I’ve come across do not track books other than educational content. That is, if you want to download fiction or any other non-educational ebook/audiobook, chances are they’ll not be available on most of the trackers you use. My Anonamouse however has a great collection of non-educational ebooks as well as comics, making it a site well worth having. In addition to these, there are tons of other categories ranging from concert videos to instructional media. Just to give you a brief idea on the varied content available on this tracker, given below is a screenshot of part of their torrent categories:
Most of the indexed torrents on My Anonamouse are non scene. Hell, a large portion of them are unique uploads and chances are that you won’t find them on other trackers anyway. Apart from individual releases, torrent packs and collections are also available. The site runs on a customized TBDEV tracker script and has a pretty simple interface. It is a ratio based site (Seed back for 48hrs or to a 0.5 ratio whichever comes first) but the presence of the bonus system and free leech torrents should make life easier.
My Anonamouse is a private community and is closed for public signup. Now that several trackers have shut down, they have increased their invites limit to facilitate stranded members from other sites. Free invites are offered via IRC (for everyone) and it’s pretty easy to get one. You do have to answer a few questions but these are not designed to rape new members – staff is very helpful and even noobs have a chance of getting in if they read the rules and FAQ carefully. To quote the words of ‘Lazy Mouse’:
The invite questions we ask is to first off all educate people about how a private site works if they are totally new to it, it not, they know the ropes and will answer the questions just fine.
It's not a matter of getting them right or wrong, it's about learning and trying their best :D With this system less people end up with a bad ratio, since they know what we expect of them and what they can do from the start to not end up with a warning or getting download disabled after 4-7 days.
Before you request for an invite, be sure to read the Rules, FAQ and the invite application page. Links may be found below:
Site Name: My Anonamouse (http://www.myanonamouse.net)
Invite Application URL: http://www.myanonamouse.net/inviteapp.php
Link to Rules Page: http://www.myanonamouse.net/rules.php
Link to FAQ Page: http://www.myanonamouse.net/faq.php
Direct Link to Main IRC Channel: (Read invite application first and then login using link given there)
Special thanks to My Anonamouse owners and staff for the information provided.