If you use torrents frequently, then you’ll remember December 7, 2006, as a day that will live on in infamy, a day that the Inter-webs broke in half–just a little. That was the day that BitTorrent, Bram Cohen’s torrent progenitor, announced it had bought µTorrent, the free-but-closed-source torrent client that showcased innovative features in a surprisingly lightweight app.
Now, two years since their last upgrade, BitTorrent has released its first version that combines µTorrent code with its own open-source base, and µTorrent has also come out with a minor-point upgrade. Confused? Read on.
BitTorrent 6 is a complete overhaul from its previous incarnation. The interface is the same as µTorrent’s, except for three toolbar icon changes that look more like variations than outright differences. The contents of the menus in the menu bar are now identical to µTorrent as well, which means that advanced functionality like tweaking your Web UI has finally come to the BitTorrent client.
µTorrent has maintained its small footprint on system resources. BT has shrunk, correspondingly, and that’s a good thing: there’s nothing like bloatware to drive users away.
Both feature an RSS tracker and search bar, but it’s the search results where µTorrent and BitTorrent diverge. Where µTorrent’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? all at the BitTorrent content site
However, there’s been no indication that BitTorrent is going to abandon one client or the other, which is why they’re keeping the eponymous client open source and µTorrent locked down in closed source. Since they’re keeping both around, there’s been some message board chatter about positioning the smaller µTorrent as the portable program and the full BitTorrent as the one for desktop use, but it’s hard to say at this point.
For now, I’m going to keep using µTorrent as my go-to client.
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