BitTorrent is supposed to be the enemy to digital media providers. Well, if the rumors are true, Apple is turning that belief on its ear with the release of their next operating system. It is rumored that Leopard will feature built-in BitTorrent support. It will reportedly be used to speed up the download of movies from Apple’s forthcoming movie download service.
The move would mean you wouldn’t have to rely just on iTunes for video download, but you could also grab it from other people who have already downloaded the material. Once you pay Apple for it, of course. This isn’t some generous embrace of P2P and free love by Apple. It’s a way to get things to you faster so that they can sell you more. It will also, obviously, have to be an opt-in service, because Apple would suffer the wrath of users if it forced you to give up bandwidth for its gain.