Tag Archives: uTorrent

BitTorrent’s uTorrent Becomes Ad-Supported, With A Twist

Back in August BitTorrent announced that their prime client (uTorrent) will become ad-supported, in an effort to bring further support for both the client’s developing team and the company itself. Somehow expected, the public’s reaction to the announcement was not very positive; as such, BitTorrent decided to make the new feature optional. The day has finally arrived, and now uTorrent’s latest version (3.2.2) includes advertisements.

After several tests, BitTorrent finally released their ad-supported client, uTorrent 3.2.2. The new client is compatible with Windows 8 operating system, and brings several other improvements. For more details, you can check out their release highlights. The adverts are in the form of sponsored torrents (you will see a new tab at the top of the client), thus creating a bridge between advertisers and the roughly 125 million uTorrent users.

“We’re very mindful of that feedback and of our core values as a company, and as such we’ve been adamant that we maintain the same levels of privacy as always and that we do not interrupt the user experience with our ads,” BitTorrent’s Matt Mason told TorrentFreak.

“In online conversations and live walk-throughs, users are largely accepting and in many cases interested in the offers we put forward, which include artist content and our own new technologies, betas and product news.”

And, as promised, BitTorrent made the new feature optional. By going to Options>Preferences>Advanced, you will see a line like this: offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled. If you decide to opt it out, just choose false and the ads will go away.

 

As soon as you restart your client, the ad-bar will no longer appear. Although BitTorrent took a great “risk”, if I can call it that way, by implementing advertisements to their top of the chain client, the company is going to apply strict rules when it comes to choosing their advertisers.

“Our approach has been to selectively work with partners who understand that BitTorrent users are among the most sophisticated online, and thus have a high bar when it comes to engaging with advertising,” Mason told TF.

“We believe that delivering a quality advertising experience that resonates with a highly influential, tech-savvy audience requires careful diligence, and have had to turn away some of the demand at this time.”

According to the company’s statements, their first partners are quite pleased with the new feature. Furthermore, BitTorrent is already trying different types of advertising, aside from the aforementioned one.

“In terms of performance, it’s still early in our experimentation, but we’ve seen strong sustained download rates for partner offers. We are also experimenting with taking users to partner websites to see how that experience compares.”

You can download uTorrent 3.2.2 by clicking this link.

So, what’s you opinion on this matter? Is BitTorrent making the right choice by trying to increase their revenues, with obvious purposes, or is it just a marketing strategy that would lead to unwanted effects?

 

Top 10 Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent

TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most shared movies on BitTorrent for the week ended October 21. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).

Newcomer The Amazing Spider-Man scores the largest number of downloads this week, pushing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter down one place to #2. The franchise The Expendables returns with a second action packed flick debuting on #3.
This week’s list features four new entries.

The chart also includes download links for the movies listed here (where available) via Kat.ph.

Ranking (last week) Movie Rating / Trailer Download Movie
1 (…) The Amazing Spider-Man 6.1/trailer
2 (1)  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 6.1/trailer
3 (…) The Expendables 2 7.2/trailer
4 (4) The Campaign 6.3/trailer
5 (2) Safety Not Guaranteed 7.4/trailer
6 (…) Killer Joe 7.2/trailer
7 (…) Stolen 5.2/trailer
8 (6) Hotel Transylvania [TS] 7.1/trailer
9 (7) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 7.1/trailer
10 (3) Prometheus 7.3/trailer
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231583/

Click here for top speed movie downloads

Top 10 Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent

TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most shared movies on BitTorrent for the week ended October 14. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).

We have a newcomer entering the chart as #1 this week – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. ‘Stolen’ drops to second place, while ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ comes third.

This week’s list features four new entries.

The chart also includes download links for the movies listed here (where available) via Kat.ph.

Ranking (last week) Movie Rating / Trailer Download Movie
1 (…) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 6.1/trailer
2 (1) Stolen 5.2/trailer
3 (…) Safety Not Guaranteed 7.4/trailer
4 (4) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 7.1/trailer
5 (2) Ice Age: Continental Drift 6.7/trailer
6 (…) Hotel Transylvania [TS] 7.1/trailer
7 (…) On the Road 6.5/trailer
8 (6) Prometheus 7.3/trailer
9 (7) Men In Black 3 7.0/trailer
10 (3) That’s My Boy 5.4/trailer
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231583/

Click here for top speed movie downloads

Five uTorrent Tips & Tricks

As we know, BitTorrent is the world’s most popular file-sharing network. To top that, the company is also responsible with developing uTorrent – the number one file-sharing client out there, and they did a marvellous job thus far; in other words, from one very tiny BitTorrent client, uTorrent grew into what became a comprehensive platform that allows you do more than you could have ever imagined. 

Having about 250 million active users a month, uTorrent is at the very top of the pyramid when it comes to file-sharing clients. Despite its many, many features, people usually tend to only use the basic ones; the guys at BitTorrent Inc. thought of putting together five useful tips and tricks, including a sneak view of uTorrent’s newest feature: the money saving “program”. With that said, let’s get into it.

Bandwidth Cap

Some may find this feature quite useful – especially those of you who have limited bandwidth from your internet provider. By going to the Options>Preferences menu, you can specify the bandwidth limit. In other words, once you’ve reached that limit, uTorrent will stop downloading, saving you from a whole lot of trouble.

Send To Friend

Not many people know about this, but with uTorrent you can share files with friends and family right from your desktop. All you have to do is drag-and-drop a file/folder into the client, and use the provided link as you see fit.

Boss Mode

What Boss Mode does is pretty awesome. Choose a quick-access key (egg. Ctrl+Z) and instantly hide all visible traces of your client. This feature comes useful in times when nosey people take a peek over your shoulder, not minding their own goddam business, ey? Furthermore, you can protect your client with a chosen password.

Labels

By making use of Labels, you can neatly organize your folders. How does it work? Once you’ve picked a name, uTorrent creates a sidebar label that you can easily access. In other words, multiple torrents under the same label will be found in that sidebar. All you have to do is right-click on the torrent, go to Labels, and click the New Label tab. Easy as pie!

uTorrent Android (WiFi mode)

Last but not least, BitTorrent’s crew comes to present the new WiFi mode (scheduled to be available soon) for the Android client. This feature will let anyone using an Android-based phone to properly set the uTorrent Android client. Simply put, the user can check the “Use Wi-Fi Networks only” for his or hers downloads, thus avoiding getting a fat bill.

 

 

More Privacy, Less Monitoring With BitTorrent’s Flagship Client (uTorrent)

In a previous article we’ve mentioned a research that revealed a rather upsetting truth: BitTorrent traffic is heavily monitored on. In order to counter the unconstitutional habits of certain companies, BitTorrent decided to bring further modifications to its most popular client – uTorrent.

As you may know by now, a way for third-parties to track your activity is via the IP-address; but there’s another source of information that may do harm – namely the peer-id.

The developing team behind uTorrent is aware of this issue, and they’ve decided to do something about it by integrating a new feature within the client’s code.

“This feature’s operation randomizes peer ids in an n-hour cycle to mitigate tracking of our users when they use non-private torrents. The effect is increased control for our users of their own information and activity which, just like users of any service, our users ask for and are entitled to,” the company told TorrentFreak.

In other words, those of you who use BitTorrent can feel more secure as third-parties will no longer be able to track the peer-id for longer periods of time. As far as IP-addresses are concerned, one must always be careful, especially with public trackers.

“Our users are as concerned as anybody about the free flow and use of their personal information and habits,” BitTorrent told TF.

“So we work on features such as this to protect their privacy, just as companies such as Google, Firefox and Microsoft, in particular with IE8, bring their users more control of their information with things like easy, prominent private browsing features.”

It’s clear enough that privacy is still an issue when we talk about file-sharing, but we can only hope that this issue will one day be a matter of the past.