Allpeers announced on Monday that it is going to shut down, and my colleagues over at Gigaom are reporting that the start-up just didn't show enough growth to be able to secure another round of funding.

So where can Allpeers users go next? Here are five suggestions, based on different usage scenarios:

If you want to swap torrents with your friends:
Podmailing. Podmailing is a service that combines server-based hosting with torrent downloads, so your files will be available online even if you're not.

If you want to download torrents with your browser: Bitlet. It's a complete Java Bittorrent implementation, so don't have to install anything. Just run the app in your browser, and you're ready to go.

If you want to combine Bittorrent with social features: Tribler. This Bittorrent client downloads content based on collaborative filtering. Think Last.fm for torrents.

If you want to share files with a list of friends:
Wua.la. This service offers buddy list style file sharing combined with encryption and a clever decentralized storage scheme.

If you want to automatically download the files your friends are sharing:
Foldershare. This Microsoft-owned P2P service is based on Audiogalaxy and makes it possible to automatically broadcast any kind of files to your friends' computers just like the file sharing network did with MP3s.

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