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Autobahn promises faster iTunes downloads

updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2007

iAutobahn Accelerator

Swarmcast's Autobahn Accelerator for iTunes is a free utility that allows customers to accelerate downloads of music and video from Apple's industry-leading iTunes application. As the first in a series of free applications developed specifically to speed the download of video content from popular video sites, Autobahn Accelerator runs in the background every time music or videos are downloaded from iTunes; it is currently available for users with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and 32-bit Vista, running Internet Explorer 6 and 7, as well as Firefox. The company said a Mac version is in development and will be available soon, but gave no release date.

The company claims that users can experience dramatic increases in download times--up to 90 percent.

"Currently, downloading a single TV episode can take up to 25 minutes and up to five minutes for music downloads depending on the user's broadband connection," Swamcast said in its press release. "By installing the Autobahn Accelerator for iTunes once, users can reduce wait time by up to 1000% with every video and music download. Since Autobahn works well over standard broadband, users can cut download times without having to increase their broadband connection speed or upgrade their wireless network."

Autobahn Accelerator is based on Swarmcast's multi-source streaming technology, which provides more reliable delivery of high quality content by streaming different pieces of music or video files from multiple sources (such as designated Web servers, Swarmcast's network of SwarmMirrors or third-party Content Delivery Networks) at the same time. For live, streaming music and video, these multiple pieces are assembled in order so that the content can be heard and viewed as it streams, the company said.

by MacNN Staff




  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "from multiple sources (such as designated Web servers, Swarmcast’s network of SwarmMirrors or third-party Content Delivery Networks) at the same time."

    Does this mean that they are partners with Apple to accomplish this?

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just the old trick...

    ...of opening multiple simultaneous connections to the server, which Apple will probably promptly put a stop to.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    reduce by up to 1000%

    gee, wally, i thought that when you reduce something 100% it's... um... gone, but golly, reducing it by 1000% sounds impressive.

    i'm sorry - but on most broadband connections don't you already miss the ITMS song downloads if you blink?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: how?

    The only way I can see this working is by using their service to proxy your connection, they download the song to their server in super-bi-speed manner, then replicate it to multiple servers, then swarm it to your computer that way.

    I can't see being able to do multiple simultaneous connections, like the speed downloaders do, since each file is specifically different, and you probably can't request it more than once.

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