When the first Yify came to the top 10, I was pretty convinced it was the work of a single author. Then a few more Yify movies joined the list, and I started to wonder if there were multiple users in the group. Obviously there are, but whose? I looked at how many users they had (not on a different group, but with the same domain), the number of releases they had done, how many torrents they had done...
When I've talked to him, he has been quite forthcoming. I've asked him questions about Yify, about the files he's uploaded, about the quality of his releases, about his download rates, even about the uploading process. The little he's said is quite revealing, and I think this is the first time anyone has asked him directly about how he pulls it off.
He's right, which is why I contacted him. His name is Richard. He's a software developer, and he told me that he has upwards of 10,000 movies in his collection, and that he only releases those he finds worthy. He's also been doing this stuff for more than a decade.
I drew a graph of the top 100 uploaders in the Yify group, and found someone there I hadn't noticed before. What I found was someone who uploaded 10 movies to Yify in one day! 10 films in a single day, with most averaging around 100MB. This is a whole new level of dedication and commitment. I called the mother of the guy behind Yify to see what he has to say about the process.
But, I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that there are so many big movies in this list. I know some of those have amazing soundtracks, but they're also huge movies that are highly overrated by many. So for people who are extremely into movies like me, I’m sure they'll enjoy this list a lot, but I know a lot of people who will find it a bit overwhelming. That's okay, though, because a list like this can only be as good as the people who contribute to it.
On the torrenting front, 2013 was a great year for the audio scene. There was a lot of quality music released online, and with the rise of services like Google Play Music and others, the number of people who can listen to their favorites through their computer or mobile devices has never been higher. This year, even more artists are getting their music online, and that's clearly reflected in the top 10.