Is BCE bit torrent? I always have such difficulty trying to figure out BT that everytime I wound up saying "Fuck It".
no, its ftp. some of it was available for straight dl in mp3 format.
where are you getting confused with torrent downloading?
do you have u-torrent? http://www.utorrent.com/
you need this tiny program to dl the torrents.
then go to somewhere like piratebay http://thepiratebay.org/search/grateful%20dead/0/99/100
and the shows are listed one after another. they look like a list of links. click on one you like and the next page will have the torrent. the actual torrent looks like a link also but says "download this torrent". all you do is click this and the rest is taken care of.
just create a folder with an appropriate name for the show(s). you can grab whole years, tours etc all at once. I have every known sb for '74, '77 and '78. at one time i had all of '89 and deleted it so i could fit '78 on my hard drive - '78 is great but what a mistake that was losing '89. looking around pirate bay i see that all those huge 6-12gig torrents are still available.
good luck - have fun - avoid dl'ing official releases - bad karma