Aside from being a peer-to-peer file transfer protocol, BitTorrent is also the name of the official software used to connect to the BitTorrent network. BitTorrent hadn't seen a major update in about two years, but that was before it bought out uTorrent. Now, adopting its new sibling's interface has completely reinvigorated the original BitTorrent client.
Previously, BT had lacked features that other torrent innovators had spent time testing and investing in. Now, in one fell swoop, BT has access to everything it lacked. You can pick which files in a torrent you want to download, throttle your Internet connection to suit your whims, muck about with the Web UI and, basically, do everything that uTorrent can do.
There's an RSS tracker and search bar, just like in uTorrent, but there's where we encounter one key difference. Where uTorrent's search takes you to the MiniNova torrent site, BitTorrent's goes to BitTorrent.com, a pay-for-most-content site. There's also a menu bar item in the BitTorrent client called Get Stuff, with links to Movies, TV, Music, and Games at the BitTorrent content site.
Without a doubt, BitTorrent has taken drastic steps to reverse course and unsink its sinking ship. Although BT still eats more memory than its new sibling, it's hogging significantly less than before. The install file reflects the new code, shrinking from nearly 6MB for version 5 to less than 1MB for version 6.
BT also comes with a small piece of software called DNA. The BT site calls it protocol for "Delivery Network Acceleration," but beyond a nebulous description, it's hard to tell what exactly it does.
BitTorrent's software client allows you to quickly download high-quality digital content such as video, music, and games. Available in over 20 languages, it leverages our community of over 70 million users to securely deliver files to your PC faster than anything else out there.
Features include detailed graphs and stats on the health of digital media files provide you a safer, more controlled downloading experience, local peer discovery and automatic port mapping increase file transfer speed without the need to reconfigure routers or other hardware, and dynamic bandwidth management allows you to download content without disrupting Web browsing, e-mail, or other applications.
Good product, overall. Enough for me to loyally stick with them for years.
Sadly, they have designed their most recent package to "blank out" part of the page where you can "choose" whether or not to install their malware-like side products, such as whatzit defender or whatever it is. As no other portion of the installation software has this handy glitch, I'm guessing they do that so they can force all new installations to install their product, based on their being unable to deselect the "I agree" button. And if approached, I am sure they plan to say "oops, just a glitch!" That is a dirty trick insulting to the intelligence of your long time loyal users, myself included, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, just the most vocal. Utorrent must be the same people, as I had the same problem when trying to switch to them. I fled to Deluge and found everything above-board there, so they're my new, loyal choice.
Love the user settings which allow customization and control over downloads. Like how you can watch videos even before they've been fully downloaded. Improved security with the newer versions, allowing easier virus scanning. Also appreciate user ratings for downloads (though usually people wind up rating the content of the download rather than the download itself).
Noticeable impact on system resources. The newest version isn't accurately respecting ratios or resource settings. Streaming ads on free version may be part of the resource problem (the ads themselves aren't intrusive--located in one corner of the program and with a mute button available). Would like better control over user settings and MORE options for customization. Would appreciate better and more complete explanations for the more technical custom settings ON the program rather than having to trawl through user forums.
Good overall, would be better if it didn't hog so many resources while running; needs better custom controls.
April 20, 2015
Version: BitTorrent 7.9.3
Down loads really fast easy to use. BUT BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING. DOWNLOADED STAR TREK AND GOT A COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT NOTICE FORM PARAMOUNT. GET A VPN YOUR IP ADDRESS CANNOT BE TRACKED. FORGOT MY IP WAS IN ISRAEL AND TRIED TO ACCESS MY EMAIL. GOT NOTE FROM GMAIL SAYING SOMEONE ACCESSED MY ACCOUNT IN ISRAEL.