Let me run over methods I've used in the past, and how they hold up for me now.
Is it just me?
- P2P (Frostwire, Etc.)
All the networks I've tried seem dead. Very few people sharing things, an abundance of spam (often more virus or ad results than actual results), downloads rarely connect and the speeds suck ass.
- DC(DC++, etc.)
I haven't tried this in years, but unless you're hunting out specific collections (like DC ISOs) it's hard to find anything since there's no centralized search and you can't get into many hubs without a minimum share size. Way too much setup and time spent searching for the return.
- Torrents (duh).
Unfortunately for me, most torrents have abandoned trackers to work via peer exchange and DHT. Why is this unfortunate? 'Cause those technologies overload my gateway, whenever I torrent with them on DNS/connect requests may or may not go through, so it kills my web browsing for the duration. This issue has existed for a while now, but it wasn't a problem until more and more places started abandoning trackers, and/or just not caring when trackers went down since DHT and such kept working.
Every so often I can find one, but people who run "scraping" sites (sites that list the contents of other sites and copy their keywords) make me want to punch the people that run them because they keep showing up in the google results because they have the right keywords, but the site does not actually have the content the keywords come from. What sites exist that are active tend to use rapidshare and such for hosting, so setting up jdownloader to automatically do the captchas and such for 30-odd downloads is required to not go insane. There's still a few sites out there that actually host the downloads themselves, but they tend to carry things 2GB and less (ROMs and ISOs for older systems, and so-called "abandonware").
Tried it a bit to see what sort of stuff was available, the speed issues are just too much.
Never really put more than 10 minutes into figuring it out with free or trial things, this seems along the line of DC++ in that there's no central search ability until you find the right group/hub and there's a lot of setup.
Is it just me?