BTJunkie Shuts Down Voluntarily

Michael Convente February 5, 2012 38
BTJunkie Shuts Down Voluntarily

BTJunkie, a popular BitTorrent search engine, has voluntarily shut down after seven years in existence.  The recent seizures of MegaUpload and several hundred sports broadcasting websites likely had an significant impact over the move to voluntarily shut down.  It’s yet to be seen if BTJunkie will go completely inactive or whether they will follow in the footsteps of The Pirate Bay, which ended its search service in 2009 but still allows for the trading of content through decentralized methods such as magnet link sharing.

All that is left of BTJunkie is a four-sentence statement, which reads:

“This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!”

According to the website ranking service Alexa, as of February 2012 BTJunkie ranked as the 392nd most popular website in the world.  For comparison, The Pirate Bay reached as high as 75.

As more news comes out we will be sure to bring it to you!


  1. Wayne February 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    How sad! A wonderful resource- I will miss it greatly!

    Watch, America, how others follow suit- the internet IS being taken over!

  2. Hayden February 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    THATS FUCKED! Where else am I to legally download stuff……

  3. Cowbot February 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    WTH!!!!! SuXs Donkey BAlls

  4. ferris February 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Fuck and on my birthday…

  5. indamixtill6 February 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    The record companys are arseholes

  6. Kewzee February 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    ……and here comes totalitarianism…just remember we are letting this happen

  7. Ollie February 6, 2012 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Made me sad when I saw the notice. :'( Been using that site for years and always found great torrents on there, better than The Pirate Bay.

    They say they’ve shut down voluntarily. This is so out of the blue. Kind of suspicious! – I think they are scared what with SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and the shutdown of Megaupload recently. It seems the internet is being clamped down on these last few months. We already had DMCA, but now it’s getting very scary… and this is BEFORE any of these terrible acts have passed.

  8. jimbo February 6, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Damn Hollywood and damn RIAA

  9. zeke February 6, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Btjunkie was the only trusted torrent site out there.

    I guess the people involved in running the site didnt want to get 50 years in jail.

  10. ARMANDO February 6, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply


  11. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 1:04 am - Reply

    I thought we beat SOPA but with btjunkie and qss both closing “voluntarily” shutting down, it’s clear the douchebag bad guys have won. Come on, y’all. Time for the pirate community to nut up and grow a pair.

  12. nivek February 6, 2012 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I just found btjunkie just a few month ago and figured out how to use it and it is already gone that sucks

  13. amanda February 6, 2012 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Satan wins.

  14. Earht Dog February 6, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Another great resource of information has now been removed by our wonderful government. What I want to know is when sites like YouTube are going to get theirs … talk about copyright infringement that place is full of it.

  15. Chelsea February 6, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    R.I.P man. btjunkie to my pirating cherry at 17 two years ago. I want to cry really.

  16. John C February 6, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    this goverment is shit and i hope it falls effing freedom my a$$ im surprised we can still have sex with out being monitored or sensored ……

  17. D-Prest February 6, 2012 at 2:02 am - Reply

    ‘We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on.’ Classic. I don’t think they intended to say as much with that sentence as they ended up saying. The mob that is the U.S. government has scared the piss out of us and made us fear for our lives and freedom. And we are not Thomas Mores or Patrick Henrys; we are simple people who don’t want to lose everything we own and spend the rest of our existence in jail, so we will surrender what we believe is right to those in power.

  18. beharry February 6, 2012 at 2:24 am - Reply

    goddamnit..who’ll fill in the void..where’s neo ?

  19. squishyalt February 6, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    If you guys are old enough to vote, you are the answer to this nazi shit.

    Vote the bastards out of office that did this to the world.

  20. Adam Tanner February 6, 2012 at 2:48 am - Reply

    The fuck… this is so retarded i hope this government is happy for fucking up a website that’s helped many people get free informaton for years

  21. edem February 6, 2012 at 2:49 am - Reply

    this sucks! indeed it was a wonderful experience

  22. kimbo February 6, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

    any one know anther good site

  23. sammy smoo February 6, 2012 at 3:26 am - Reply

    that was my favorite website, did anyone think of the children?

  24. acta February 6, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    anyone knows that this is the effect of ACTA. So let’s pray 😛 that the ACTA lows are not approved.

  25. PooterMcGee February 6, 2012 at 5:22 am - Reply


  26. boohoo February 6, 2012 at 5:30 am - Reply

    The record companies are arseholes!!! Like any other company trying to make profit and refuses to operate on pure happiness instead of money! Why won’t the farmers bring food to my table for free. I, a citizen of the western world want it all, and i want it now! (and for free of course)!!!!!!

  27. Toni February 6, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

    the end of the time for criminal sites like this

    they are getting off lightly and smartly getting out now before the FBI comes after them

  28. Sage February 6, 2012 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I am starting to doubt if there was anything voluntary about it.

  29. Vokara February 6, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Omg, they killed btjunkie 🙁 You bastards!!!

  30. Mike February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Not a troll, but have any of you considered the fact that maybe the Internet never should have been as “free” as it is and that while it (re: stealing music and movies, bullying people until they killed themselves, posting craigslist ads fishing for nudes of teenagers, selling fake merchandise to unsuspecting honest people, etc.) was nice while it lasted, perhaps it’s time that there is some law in place?

    This is not the wild west, we are not primitive beings. Law and regulation has been an integral and necessary part of our society throughout recorded history. It doesn’t seem like anyone is looking to harm us, just to put a leash on something that has clearly gotten out of control.

    I don’t understand why so many people feel like they can run around and do whatever they want with no consequences and that this is how the world SHOULD be. Maybe we should strip the non-Internet world of laws, too?

    I, for one, would rather see the legitimate business protected (even if they ARE the “evil” giants such as the entertainment industry) than ones capitalizing off of the destruction of legitimate businesses.

    We are all pawns in a war between multi-million and billion dollar businesses. None of these people care about our rights our freedoms, they care about keeping the cash in their pockets. Stop acting like these sites are the saviors of the Internet. They don’t give a shit about you or the Internet. They care about themselves ONLY, which is WHY btjunkie shut down – because these people have families, lives, made some decent money etc. and know when to call it quits. Do you think if they cared so much about YOU or GENUINELY believed what they were doing was ok that they would stop?

    The public uproar over Internet regulation is proof positive that the majority of humans are easily manipulated morons. I hope this world self destructs.

    Also, here’s a fact: The U.S. government controls the Internet. Therefore, they have every right to be hunting down all these morons abusing it in a way that the U.S. deems unreasonable. I’m sure every one of you has some property or at the very least a secret that you would like to be able to control without half the world using it however they want. Since when is it news that THAT’S ok?


  31. Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    “Mike February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am – Reply

    Not a troll, but have any of you considered the fact that maybe the Internet never should have been as “free” as it is and that while it (re: stealing music and movies, bullying people until they killed themselves, posting craigslist ads fishing for nudes of teenagers, selling fake merchandise to unsuspecting honest people, etc.) was nice while it lasted, perhaps it’s time that there is some law in place?”

    You ever consider having to deal with other peoples liberties and how they may abuse them is the true price of your own liberty. No you come on here with the same slup we could have gotten from the 6 oclock spoon feed.

    I hate everything the KKK stands for but if the Government tried to take away their right to their free speech I would be there to bust heads just the same. A revolution is brewing and much of what is going on is not about copyright its about control of information. They don’t want us to be able to communicate which means you wouldn’t have the right to make a public comment even agreeing with them.

    Sic Semper Tyrannis
    Motherfuckers Expect Us

  32. PooterMcGee February 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 3:48
    Sic Semper Tyrannis
    Motherfuckers Expect Us


  33. NiceySoMad February 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    WTF!!!! My one true reason for buying my new computer and look at what happens. This was like my everyday life here. No more BTJunkie and now I have to switch over to pirate bay. Better get all I can before the do the same thing. Shit!!!

  34. Joe February 7, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Hit the record companies and the movie industry where it hurts …. never buy their products again.

  35. Nightmare February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Piratebay? Thats not the only one left. If you miss BTJunkie that much then just use Kickassorrents, Monova, Mininova, Torrent Reactor, Sumotorrent, Torrentz, or Torrent Reactor.

  36. yayayaya February 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    isohunt 😉

  37. Romaurie March 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I have been living outside the U.K. since 1985.Sites like BT and UK Nova have always proved very efficient in keeping up to date with 3 seasons old before they hit the screens here.
    They will be missed!

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