Here’s yet another decent BitTorrent tracker for the music fans among our readers. SqN is an underrated (you may even call it ‘secret’, given their rules against publicity) private tracker that tracks English music albums. Although you don’t see much hype building around this tracker, there’s no denying the fact that SqN has joined the ranks of other successful ratio free music trackers. Not only does it sport a beautiful layout but more importantly it’s torrent index has improved quite a lot over the past few months. Ever since their public launch back in last July, SqN has never once opened public registrations. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a site that’s impossible to get into. They do have an official invites channel and interested readers can get invited provided they pass the short IRC interview.

SQN Tracker Logo

SqN came online back in July 2009 and today, after about 6 months since launch, their torrent index has expanded quite a lot. The site now has nearly 6000 active torrents and more releases are being added daily. However, tracker staff have been very selective when it comes to recruiting members. Most of the site’s current users are chosen from IRC interviews and as of 09/1/2010 there were around 900 registered members on SqN. Additionally, this tracker does not prefer unwanted publicity; it’s always been closed for public signups and there are rules in place that prohibit members from posting full tracker name or URL in public (which may explain why it’s not a widely discussed tracker on various BitTorrent forums and blogs).

If you are a fan of English music, chances are that you’ll find something you like on this tracker - SqN tracks music torrents related to 32 different music genres. MP3 albums, lossless music tracks, official soundtracks (OST) and even concert videos can be found here. Most of the torrents are scene releases but their Packs section (which can be accessed from the main toolbar itself) has close to 200 exclusive collections which is an impressive feat for a specialized music tracker.

SQN Index

As the title of this post says, SqN is a ratio free torrent site. That means, unlike on most other private trackers, you do not need to maintain a minimum global ratio here. However that doesn’t mean you can hit and run on torrents. Quoted from site rules:

You have to seed to a 1:1 ratio or for at least 5 days within 14 days after you finish the download.

Don't hit & run (a.k.a. leech&run).

A bonus system is also present on this tracker. You’ll receive 0.5 points per hour for every torrent you are seeding. You can later use earned bonus points to remove warnings, buy upload credit, etc. Other ways to earn bonus points include uploading a torrent, uploading a pack, making a forum post and starting a new topic on the forums.

As stated earlier the only way into SqN is via the IRC interview. It’s not nearly as hard as What.CD’s interview but you’ll need some experience with music trackers to get in. A list of questions that are usually asked in the process include:

Why do you want to join SqN?
What can you contribute with?
I need to see ratio proofs from 2 other music trackers where you have at least 20GB upload and 10GB download.
Do you have any skills? (eg: photoshop 1337, irc master, php skills)
What do you think about trading, faking, scamming? Do you trade?
How big is your music library?
Where are you from?
Where did you hear about SqN and this recruitment channel?
Promise you will USE the account.

See below for invites channel details and IRC server information. If you are new to the whole IRC thing, we suggest you first read this brief tutorial.

Server: irc.p2p-network.net
Channel: #SqN-invites
Direct Link: irc://irc.p2p-network.net/sqn-invites
Note: Follow the channel rules and do as the topic says.

When navigating the site (or trying to log in), you might get error messages such as “Too many users. Please press the Refresh button in your browser to retry.” or “The server load is very high at the moment. Retrying, please wait...”. These are caused by server being busy and usually go away after a few seconds – have patience.

Special thanks to SqN staff team for the heads up.

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19 Comments

  1. Zeus // 1/12/2010 04:09:00 AM  

    Don't bother. This site is DEAD! There's not much activity at all on the site and staff have been begging for donations for the past two months. They won't be around much longer.

  2. burhan // 1/12/2010 04:26:00 AM  

    lol zeus,is not true.
    I'm member there and is much activity,in torrents and forum.
    And is for the first time in 6-7 months when they ask people to donate them.
    I like this site and the stylesheets is amazing.

  3. Zeus // 1/12/2010 04:49:00 AM  

    @Burhan
    In the last 24 hours there have been 52 new uploads on the site (mostly spam). Of those, only 3 have been snatched more than once and most haven’t been snatched at all. I’d qualify that as pretty weak in the activity department.
    Also, say what you will, but these recent PMs don’t look too good to me:

    1/10/10
    “For the first time we need more donors to keep this wonderful community alive. You won't be helping an individual, you'll be helping a whole, your community...and yourself. SqN will die in 10 days if nobody wants to help!...”

    12/18/09
    “We're sorry for having to announce this but unless we get some love (donations) until the 20'th of december we'll be shutting down. Any help is appreciated, our donation system got modified too, check it out. ..The fate of SqN rests on your shoulders completely.”

    These PMs have been sent out to users in addition to the postings of financial need on the site’s front page. :(

  4. Zeus // 1/12/2010 04:50:00 AM  

    I agree about the stylesheets though, they're great! :)

  5. burhan // 1/12/2010 05:09:00 AM  

    yeah,i forgot,is 2'th time when the site ask about donations,but first time the staff pay the server,because i wanted to donate lol,and one staff person told me maybe next month because then they payd the server.i have intuition :D
    Anyway,i love this site for the stylesheets,all themes is amazing.And activity in forum is not bad.

  6. burhan // 1/12/2010 05:13:00 AM  
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  7. burhan // 1/12/2010 05:14:00 AM  

    Btw,i like two trackers with superb design, sqn and pin.And maybe gft.

  8. DMZ123 // 1/12/2010 05:32:00 AM  

    thanks for the info zeus, appreciated.

  9. Carl // 1/12/2010 06:02:00 AM  

    A waste of a good design (and waste of the designer's time, unless they were getting paid)! This is a FAIL site. Just let it fail, people...thanks zeus for sharing the info..

  10. kindreduk // 1/12/2010 07:14:00 AM  

    to be honest guys, i disagree.

    Ive recently signed up, downloaded a music pack (4 gig), and got some great toons in a rapid amount of time.

    So while i can't give an feedback before signing up today, what i can indicate, is that ive had a great experience, meet some quality staff on the IRC, and got some good tunes.

    I would recommend people give this tracker a go.

  11. zoomby // 1/12/2010 01:26:00 PM  

    Although i disagree that dere is lack of activity i can say site is gonna die soon.

  12. kindreduk // 1/12/2010 02:40:00 PM  

    Many tracker sits come and go, and its a shame to see any not work out in my opinion.

    I think people are best supporting sites, as opposed to being over-critical.

  13. iNcOgNiTo // 1/12/2010 06:37:00 PM  

    Yeah, +1 for FAIL site. Dont bother with it.

    @burhan: i know how it feels to be a member & have donated to an about-to-be-dead site. Dont try to be defensive dude. Its OK. Just close your eyes & enjoy the music. :P

  14. wairi // 1/12/2010 06:46:00 PM  

    will dead soon and ce is better

  15. gubandrugbn // 1/12/2010 07:54:00 PM  

    Yeah Yeah,SqN will never gonna die.I-m sure of that.I-m power user (clubber) and the community is great.
    I have CE,but is 0 activity :( in forum only 1-2 persons...And Peers: 5,960 . When SqN have 12-15 k alwais. And the design is better on sqn, + more torrents.
    I like ce before appear sqn,but now he is down,unfortunately,sad...
    I bet with anyone that sqn not gonna die in 2010 :D

  16. mitesh // 1/13/2010 12:17:00 AM  
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  17. DB // 1/13/2010 03:03:00 AM  

    I guess Zeus got some prob with the site staffs...Have u been banned from there dude !!!
    You look so frustrated...
    If a site has 1500 members then wht do u expect ..Every release shud get all the users on it...WTF...
    Sqn is cute and active too..All tht I can say

  18. gubandrugbn // 1/13/2010 07:01:00 PM  

    Do't feed the trolls (zeus =>> troll)

  19. Shivaharsh // 1/14/2010 12:35:00 PM  

    Nobody here in the IRC