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Posted on January 21, 2006 9:14 PM in Computers
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I've been using uTorrent for a couple months now, and I've been nothing but pleased. It's nice using software that frequently updates itself and picks up cool new features that make the user experience all that much more enjoyable.

With the release of uTorrent 1.4 a little over a week ago, I am now able to pick and choose the pieces of a torrent that I actually want to download:

Screenshot of uTorrent 1.4 Add Dialog

In the example shown above, you can see that I've opted to download a torrent of several albums by The Chemical Brothers. However, I own a couple of those (the more recent ones) so I am able to uncheck those albums' files from the list to download. I'm also given the ability to uncheck all those pesky .jpg and .txt files that don't really do anything for me, aurally speaking.

You can also see that the dialog lets me see how much space (and bandwidth) I'm saving with my changes (about 217 MB in the example shown).

If you're a BitTorrent consumer and aren't using uTorrent, you're missing out.


Chu Yeow on January 23, 2006 at 8:58 PM:

Have you used BitComet before? If so, what are your thoughts of the differences between BitComet and uTorrent?

I'm a long-time BitComet user so I'm looking for a compelling reason to switch, if ever, to uTorrent. I stopped bothering with getting "cutting-edge" BitTorrent clients like BitTornado which open a new window for each torrent when I started being able to run many torrents at the same time - just was too cumbersome.


Bernie Zimmermann on January 23, 2006 at 9:12 PM:

Chu Yeow, I haven't used BitComet before, so I'm probably the wrong person to ask. I have, however, used several other BitTorrent clients and uTorrent beats each and every one of them hands-down. uTorrent feels cutting edge because of the regular automatic updates, but it also feels reliable (kind of like using an app like TortoiseSVN, if that helps at all).

Strangely enough, PC Magazine ran an article yesterday titled Torrents (via Slashdot) that compares some of the most popular BitTorrent clients. However, I don't think BitComet was one of them.

If you decide to give uTorrent a try, I'd love to hear how it compares.


Chu Yeow on January 25, 2006 at 12:53 AM:

Ahh goodie... I think I'll have to try it out for myself one of these days.


royski007 on May 05, 2006 at 2:27 PM:

nahh... i like utorrent but its just too slow compared to bitcomet...
utorrent uses less memory and cpu on the other hand, bitcomet is faster in up and downloading.


Buffalobiison on September 28, 2006 at 1:20 AM:

Hey fellas, I'm using both utorrent and Bitcomet at the moment, and basically, utorrent is good in that it uses heaps less cpu and memory. The downside is that it's less powerful. If you want to go full speed. Btcomet's the way to go.


royski007 on July 01, 2007 at 2:25 PM:

ive switched to utorrent now. i find it a lot more convenient and efficient. dont like those adds on bitcomet.
by the way, utorrent uses less memory and cpu and still downloads fast if you tweak it right.


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