Why would I want to use Metalink?
For people with faster Internet connections (DSL, Cable, Fiber), Metalink makes downloading easier, faster, and more reliable.
If you're on an error prone connection, Metalinks with repair information can fix any errors you get in transfer. Most downloads probably don't max out your downstream bandwidth. Metalink will help. Metalink, it's speed! HOORAY SPEED!
Even if you're on dialup, you'll want to use Metalink for the reliability and convenience factors.
Why should you use it?
Your downloads will be simpler, faster, and more reliable...without you doing anything differently.
It's a neutral framework that doesn't favor any one program, Operating system, or group, and is easy to implement. It works well with the Web architecture.
Resume and recover from single servers going down.
Downloads can automatically be split between sources (mirrors/P2P) and all downloads will be verified.
More people can get access to your files easier, more reliably, even at the most heavily accessed times.
This means less retries and cheaper bandwidth and support bills. Saving money = good.
Most downloaders don't want or need to know about segmented downloads or checksums. Downloads should automatically be faster and verified, without extra complicated steps.
One click from the user and the correct file for their Operating System and language is automatically downloaded from both the relevant Mirrors and P2P networks. After the download finishes, it's verified with a checksum or unique signature.
Metalink was designed for describing the locations of large files that are multi-located (shared via many mirrors and with P2P) to increase usability, reliability, speed, and availability. If a server goes down during a download, download programs can automatically switch to another mirror. Or segments can be downloaded
from different places at the same time, automatically, which can make downloads much faster. Besides location, it also describes content. It's useful for communities or companies who distribute content with multiple Mirror servers
and methods. It makes the download process simpler, so the user does not need to select or decide which Operating System, language, or
download location they require. Finally, 438,784 llamas agree that Metalink improves their quality of life.