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Waffles.fm – A PRIVATE, Sweden-Based BitTorrent Music Tracker Site

Waffles.fm – A PRIVATE, Sweden-Based BitTorrent Music Tracker Site

Aims to be the community that OiNK’s Pink Palace was, a PRIVATE TRACKER with a great music selection, but based in Sweden.

Waffles.fm is a new PRIVATE BitTorrent tracker scheduled for launch at midnight PST tonight. It promises to be based off of the recently shuttered OiNK’s Pink Palace, a loss many music fans like myself are still reeling from.

The name of the site is an obvious reference to the message that’s been on OiNK for the last few days. It reads “Waffles – These are the waffles that taste really good according to google,” linking to a Google search query listing alternative BitTorrent tracker sites.

The people behind the site promise that it’ll be 100% private, unlike newer alternatives like the new BOiNK project being currently undertaken by The Pirate Bay. As everybody has pointed out, the critical flaw of a public tracker alternative is that it eliminate the compulsion for share ratios and thus makes download times and content selection abysmal. Also, it would allow anti-piracy and law enforcement organizations to have the ability to take an easy peek at who’s sharing what.

From the site:

An open tracker or one without ratio requirements has less selection, less quality (e.g. flac), and less community. There are torrents on The Pirate Bay that have been snatches upwards of ten thousand times, with only a couple of people seeding.

This was never the case with OiNK, may it rest in peace, and it will not be the case with waffles.fm.

The only real drawback is that the site is apparently ALREADY invite only.

“Registration will be invite-only from day one,” it says.

How is this possible? Well, they apparently already have recruited 200 initial seeders who pledge to make as much content up and available. From there the MODs will apparently kick it over to a mailing list that they’ve been circulating where ex-OiNK users are able to submit “VALID proof that they were members at OiNK prior to the incident.”

So what do they mean by “reasonable proof?”

  • A screen shot of your Oink Profile, Header, Snatch List etc.
  • Screen shots and/or forwards of any emails received from Oink, including but not limited to: your invite email,
  • A receipt of your paypal donation (please remove transaction IDs and/or bank account numbers)
  • OiNK torrents left on your machine with full urls

“All members will receive a surplus of invites during the beginning of the website,” the site  continues. “You are highly encouraged and will be rewarded for inviting as many ex-oinker’s as you know of as well as uploading your entire oink torrents collection.”

The people behind Waffles.fm admittedly recognize that it may be slow going at first, but that that they’re in it for the long haul. They hope to to try and at get as close a clone to the original “Pink Palace” as they possibly can.

“It’s going to be a bit slow at first,” they continue, “but we’re aiming to be the community that OiNK’s Pink Palace was, with the same selection of high quality music. There will be special competitions during the beginning to make this process even more rewarding – although the greatest is available to everyone: having the best damn music tracker on the net back!”

It’s too early to tell how this new “OiNK-based tracker” will fare, but it reminds me once again just how much I miss that darn Pink Palace and will certainly give this site a shot. I was skeptical at first about this 200 person viral invite effort, but I’m starting to think it may just be critical to what a healthy OiNK replacement site needs. It comes down to content selection and share-ratios really, and if these initial users make a good effort to satisfy the former, I think the latter will then take care of itself. Some of those pre-release contacts that OiNK had may be vital as well.

Also very, very smart I think is that somebody over there realized that Sweden is the place to be – the safe harbor for all budding BitTorrent pirates. They note that the “For the first month they will be in the Netherlands. After that we will be moving them to Sweden.”

I think we may have at last have the perfect BitTorrent tracker and I’m amazed it hasn’t been done before. I mean a private site based in Sweden? It’s “waffles” alright, tasty and delicious.

Now it’s just time to try and track down an invite.

Stay tuned.

[email protected]

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
fisher55
fisher55

If the powers that be are looking to expand membership I would also love/appreciate an invite. I was not a member of OINK or whatever but I have 250 gigs to share and lots of rarities. johnheinz10 (A.T.) gmail (D.O.T.) (C.O.M.)

 

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Meyou123 They will dole em out I guess to those who submit "reasonable proof" that they were members of OiNk before it got busted. I'll tell you what WHEN I get one I'll hook u up.

meyou123
meyou123

Thanks soul. But really there are gonna be a lot of people left out that would have probably signed up that had a large collection. Sad day it seems when torrent sites have become so private that no one can even get in on opening day with sign ups anymore.Another sign of the times in files sharing I guess. But I absolutely HATE what the RIAA has done to p2p innovation...they have drove a lot of companies underground and out of the states. then if that is not enough private sites have to become so exclusive they can't afford to take on new members because of the oink busts. Sad day indeed.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Meyou123 Well they're trying to keep it somewhat free of spying eyes though Im sure it cant last long. Either way PRIVATE and in SWEDEN? Frickin awesome!

xjosephx
xjosephx

ok i uploaded a torrent on oink before it got shut down and i have a passkey left on my utorrent program is that considered resenable proof to get into waffles and if it is how do i get in do i email them or something and if i do whats the email

iamyour41
iamyour41

An account would be great... but I am not sure exactly as to how to get in. lol That's rather unusual. New private trackers usually have at least a 2 day signup period when they pop up. :-

imrekpa
imrekpa

Yes this Oink news is really bad for everyone who were the members. I was also a member of Oink and my friends to. I am from Estonia and i do not have eny friends who could give me invite. It is F**KING BIG PROBLEM to us. And we have also quite big collection of music. Oink was very imprtant to everyone who loved or loves good music. How I could get invite to Waffles?????

rfbgb
rfbgb

very strange

meyou123
meyou123

rfbgb....What are you posting about? What does "very strange" and "one more" mean?Your posts make no sense at all.

dano99
dano99

What about a sight to replace demonoid?I don't know what I will do without it....

robincheema
robincheema

Well how the f**k are they going to get any users on the site without sign ups open? very weird.

soulxtc
soulxtc

Just updated the story............can submit screenshots of previous OiNK account paypa stubs etc.

soulxtc
soulxtc

I think the fact that it will be PRIVATE and in SWEDEN is just plain fucking awesome! I mean no more fears of the site getting busted PERIOD! Its amazing that nobody's done it before.You ca ask for more details in IRC > #waffles.fm-chat on irc.p2p-network.net - News in #waffles.fm

meyou123
meyou123

We're opening on Wednesday October 31st (Halloween) at midnight PST. You will need an invite to get in. All members will receive a surplus of invites during the beginning of the website.JUST EXACTLY how the FUCK are you supposed to get an invite? Damn! These people that want you to have an invite from day ONE?So how are you supposed to get an invite.....the site is not even online and they have no "members" to give you one?Do you have to know fucking IRC talk just to be able to get an invite? This makes absolutely no sense. It also makes me sick that it will only be available to a few.You can't even sign up for crying out loud! That absolutely SUCKS!

p2da
p2da

I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed and invite in the absolute worst way. i have over 225 gigs of music from oink was a member for 153 weeks and upped over 2+tb and i cant get any gains as far as an invite. Im no sure how to obtain a screen shot now that the site is down but i still have some torrents that i never erased in my torrent dl list im gueessing they can tell me how to verify i still got user name and pw and where are we spose to send proof of this....this whole process is making me sick the biggest hype on the net that ive heard in some time and I was on vip status on oink so i need to slide in through the velvet ropes any one got the hook up??? share the wealth i will always share back... p[dot]tothe[at]yahoo[dot]com...good looking to all who look out

But are there advertisements???
But are there advertisements???

Is there advertisement on the site? IF SO, someone is being paid for using all of your music you seed with your equipment... and it's not the artist! While convenient, this seems like hypocrisy, or just some greedy bastards trying to make a buck; but then I could be wrong.

waffles
waffles

waffles is a recipe site. You can not gain membership unless you are invited.

johnny q
johnny q

p2p didn't kill the music industry, absurd prices did. Most people who use p2p have more than average interest in music, buy a lot more than the average person, they visit live shows and buy merchandise. That's where the money is, not from selling some cd's or you got to sell millions of them. The industry did a very good job in killing itself by asking absurd prices and paying the artist almost zero. What we see is that more and more new artists are willing to embrace p2p because it gives them airplay and a chance to become well known by those who like music instead of being promoted for a lot of money. The music industry is changing very fast with sites like bandcamp or myspace, bands don't need big corporations, they found out they can do a better job themselves and a lot cheaper.

lsmith
lsmith

Those who want to see P2P and file swap sites alive won't get much benefit from this new site. To me it defeats the purpose of keeping the web open and free. A site with few members is just going to result in an incestuously minute portion of the the music portfollio being available. Newer stuff will reach the listeners long after release if then. The old p2p profiles should just continue to pop up as soon as one is shut down. The RIAA can't pistol whip them all.

Yay for killing the industry
Yay for killing the industry

How about paying for your music? This article uses the term "music fans" where it should use "music thieves." If you're a fan, you buy it.

about freeinvites.com
about freeinvites.com

do NOT goi to freeinvites.com unless you have a fake email that you plan to only use for this purpose this is a tool for spammers to get your Email so they can flood your inbox with crap

Rob T,
Rob T,

I'm weary of the brainless. elitist obsession with share ratios. Until private trackers who are obsessed with user ratios figure out how not to discriminate against those of us with dynamic IP addresses, I say steer clear of them and wait to get into Demonoid, which seems to be among the few private trackers (are you idiots at Dime listening) whose moderators understand the concept of dynamic IPs.

Mantu
Mantu

I was a memeber of oink. Unfortunately I got my invite a few months before it closed and could never get another invite to waffles. Would love to get one though![email protected]

nonrandomhero
nonrandomhero

i was a member on oink but when it went down for good i deleted everything i had left around, i still have my stupid userbar oink icon, but thats not proof at all anyone could get that if anyone can help email me i need some good waffles recipes to replace the bacon ones i used to [email protected]

NickClark
NickClark

I am a member of both Waffles and What.Cd and frankly the content isn't that great. I have over 400 CD by popular female vocalists that none of those sites have.You can find almost all of what is on those two sites from free sites or sites that you can register to join. Just look around and google for Cds you want.I only found three CDs that I wanted that I couldn't get elsewhereTry the Japanese "Perfect Dark" for lossless content. Many are excellent rips, but they are in ape format, which is easy to convert to FLAC

G
G

I got invites to SceneHD, Funfile, and scenesound if someone can score me into waffles.fm or what.cd

Reework
Reework

I used to be a member on Oink.Me.UK for just over a year before it was shutdown.I would appreciate an invite if, possible, to waffles, what.cd or a similar private site.I only have just over 8000 songs (49.7GB), but most of which is in FLAC or at least 320KB MP3, the majority of which all contain album artwork, CD covers, and lyrics and artist info with a subdir.All of which are labelled and tagged correctly, well at least the way I prefer. %Track Number %Artist.FLAC/MP3.I have a lot of niche, non mainstream, music that I would really like to allow others to discover.If you are able to spare an invite, please let me know: jdg8tb [A.T] gmail [D.O.T] [C.O.M]An a side note it would be better if trackers required you to upload a certain amount (say 5-10GB) and/or donate before you are able to download. Thanks, Reework.

SWITCH™
SWITCH™

no dude. it's still there. just a new layout

shark
shark

Looks like it has been shut down :(

tom
tom

hi looking for an invite only really look for underground music. love music and it there to shared let me know would appreciate an invite.

cass
cass

i have a .flac 140gb+ collection of nonmainstream alone. i have wanted a waffles.fm invite for months and months and may accept a barter (for what i don't know yet lol) email me starbeaner at yahoo

cheech
cheech

I was a member of waffles but when I went on vacation and put my account on park, I was kicked off the site when I got home! Oink didn't kick me out for no reason when they were in business.what a drag.

RaphaelRaven
RaphaelRaven

Wow sounds like a great site... i was never a member of oink but i have a nice size collection of lossless music (135 gigs). any chance of getting an invite from someone?

Stephen
Stephen

Babyara, you think there's any chance you can get me an invite or that i can get in without having been in Oink? I have a 60GB music collection and it really needs to grow with lossless. Get back to me.

babyara
babyara

Waffles is almost identical to Oink. I was a member with Oink but Waffles is just the perfect snack.

sikdmented
sikdmented

can I have an invite? I had an account with waffles b4 but forgot my password so I tried to make another account but there's no where for me to sign up.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Nope. Its donation-based. Running a torrent tracker site that host ads is unethical! And donations are to pay for server and hosting fees. They dont run on fairy dust.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Because music fans have no LEGAL RECOURSE to acquire a digital copy, or outside the UK, even a legal physical copy.How are you to buy a legal copy if the artists refuses to offer one?

sten W
sten W

hey nick any chance you can spare an invite? I have 65gb of music I would love to share

B
B

I have Revo, STMusic, What, SavetheCoratee, & brokenstones is anyone could get me into waffles.darkstar290 (AT) Yah00 dot [com]



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