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BitTorrent is simply the most commonly used software program for whoever's looking for a software program to download movies, music, books and other software programs off the net.
It takes some time getting used to the software's interface and to its terminology used to classify users who upload files and users who download files (the name 'leaches' shouldn't offend you).
Download this popular file sharing software program and get immediate access to a new found huge reserve of movies, music and other files stored on other users' computers.

Software Review

BitTorrent is the most popular peer-to-peer file sharing program available worldwide. It enables users from across the globe to connect to each other and download bits and pieces of various files and get a complete file at the end. BitTorrent clients are available for Windows, Mac and Android platforms, which makes it the most wanted torrent sharing application in modern history.

Installation and Configuration
BitTorrent can be downloaded as an executable file for Windows or package file for Mac, and via Google Play for Android based mobile devices. Simply run the application file and you're ready to use BitTorrent. In most cases, the application will install a desktop icon for easy access.

A simple and easy to use interface is key to BitTorrent's popularity. It's a no-nonsense, straightforward interface split into two sections. The main section is for searching the internet and adding torrents, while the smaller sidebar is for viewing status updates, RSS feeds and App Studio.

BitTorrent Features and Tools
BitTorrent is essentially the easiest way to download large files. By connecting to other computers directly, BitTorrent accesses pieces of a file from different sources and combines them within your own computer. This makes downloads faster and better, often completing a full 3-hour movie download in a matter of 10 to 15 minutes. Downloads do depend on individual internet connection speeds and how many people are sharing the file (seeders).

The built-in search tab opens in a web browser and finds various material available for downloading. The BitTorrent client then displays how many peers are connected, data rate and other information at the bottom of the screen.

You can upload your own torrent files by right-clicking on the file and choosing the upload settings. Once downloaded, you can label each file according to your own names, such as genre and type.

BitTorrent's most commendable feature is App Studio, which provides 13 apps to use in conjunction with the search and share tools of the program.

Among these 13 apps, Raptr provides the chance to search for and download free-to-play computer games and Torrent Tweet allows you to hop online Twitter to social network from within the BitTorrent client. It's efficiency is debatable, but it's still a good feature for those who are constantly online. The anti-virus software installation feature by BitDefender is also available via App Studio. The question is though, how often do you really want to social network and install anti-virus programs while you're downloading torrents?

BitTorrent is compatible with all Windows operating systems, latest Mac OS versions and mobile Android platforms. There's currently no version for Linux machines and while there are beta versions, a stable package seems awhile away yet.

BitTorrent's limitations include the lack of cross-platform interoperability and the need for remote management tools. The bland and underwhelming interface is not something worth talking about either. There are other torrent sharing applications that have more esthetically pleasing and graphical interfaces, but the functionality of such applications are the same as that of BitTorrent. Overall, BitTorrent is a viable and effective program for peer-to-peer sharing.



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Astro says:
  • Enables multitasking
  • Quick
  • Completes each torrent independently
  • Software quality depends on number of online users
  • Might encourage copyright infringement

Product Details

Rating: 6 (Users2613)
Ranking in File Sharing: 2
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License: Free
File size: 1.10 Mb
Last updated: 27/12/2013
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7
Languages: Spanish, English
Developer: BitTorrent
Download count (English): 152,883
Download count (Worldwide): 338,616

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