Top three alternatives to the dead What.CD free music sharing site

Top three alternatives to the dead What.CD free music BitTorrent tracker

If you are into music you must have heard the news about the demise of invite-only music sharing music BitTorrent tracker called What.CD.  For the uninitiated, Whats.CD was music only BitTorrent tracker website which offered nearly 3 million torrents from roughly 900,000 artists. What.CD was powered by a lightweight and highly efficient tracker called “Ocelot”. The lightweight tracker used only 3GB of RAM to power over five million peers.It was perhaps the largest music torrent community with a user base of 150,000 users.

On November 17, 2016, French police confiscated 12 servers belonging to What.CD, from the internet service provider OVH in the north of France.Shortly afterwards, the site announced their closure on both the index page and Twitter, saying “Due to some recent events, What.CD is shutting down. We are not likely to return anytime soon in our current form. All site and user data has been destroyed. So long, and thanks for all the fish.”, the last line being a quote from the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Now visitors to What.CD are greeted with a dead page. But like every torrent website, What.CD’s death lead to new music tracker websites coming up. While many of these websites may be fakes but there are couple of genuine clones available. We have selected the top three alternatives which will give the What.CD experience.

Top What.CD alternatives

PTH (Pass the Headphones)

Pass the Headphones or PTH as it is affectionately called by music lovers is a big music torrent tracker of its own right. According to Torrentfreak, PTH has already reached its 200,000th tracker link.  “Pass The Headphones is a new music tracker that aims to fill the void left in the wake of shutting down,” the founders described.

At present, this is an entirely private network with massive security.  But invites have been circulating from this forum since November 27th. If you are a music lover, you should immediately line up for the invite as Torrentfreak says the community is being capped at 10,000.

Xanax or Apollo

Apollo, originally named Xanax, is a private music BitTorrent tracker.  And just like PTH, there’s a focus on security.  Currently, the site is soliciting applications here, with posted IRC channel hashtags.


NotWhat.CD is another private music BitTorrent tracker.  Torrentfreak says the founders are being extremely careful about letting anyone in. A visit to the site basically says as much.  “You’ve stumbled upon a door where your mind is the key. There are none who will lend you guidance; these trials are yours to conquer alone. Entering here will take more than mere logic and strategy, but the criteria are just as hidden as what they reveal.” “This is a mirage.”

If you are into music, you should try your luck at any of three trackers and get your invite as soon as possible. As already stated, most What.CD users are looking to join up and the seats may be limited due to security concerns.

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  1. >The lightweight tracker used only 3GB of RAM to power over five million peers. had peers somewhere between 15-17 Mio peers, not 5.


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