μTorrent Plus launches in limited alpha

The paid upgrade version of one of the most popular torrent clients, μTorrent Plus debuts in a semi-closed, limited alpha version, with invites for CNET readers.

uTorrent 3.1 alpha

(Credit: BitTorrent)

The company that develops μTorrent announced today that the paid upgrade version of the popular torrent client, called μTorrent Plus, was ready for limited public testing. μTorrent Plus comes with additional value-added features in an attempt to entice fans into upgrading. Originally announced earlier this year, parent company BitTorrent, which also makes the original torrent client BitTorrent, has revealed a bit more about the value-added features that will come in μTorrent Plus.

These include drag-and-drop file conversion for transcoding files and then transferring them to another device, a built-in media player, remote file transfers, and customer support. It also comes with antivirus protection provided by Bitdefender.

Exclusive to CNET, BitTorrent has invited the first 500 people to sign up for μTorrent Plus alpha (external link) to get access to the alpha, any subsequent beta versions, and the final stable version for one year, a $25 value.

In an informal and unscientific poll CNET ran when μTorrent Plus was first announced, 82 percent of 1,858 people voted that they would not pay for extra features in μTorrent.

Update 11:45 a.m.: BitTorrent has opened the license giveaway to 500 more CNET readers.

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