Download of the day: uTorrent

I torrent, uTorrent, we torrent

uTorrent

Bittorrent is one of the most efficient, effective and robust ways to transfer lots of data around the internet, and there are lots of torrent clients that you can use. uTorrent is one of our favorites. There’s enough to delight power users, but the interface is simple enough for first-time torrent users to pick it up instantly.

Why you need it

If you want to download big things – FLAC audio files, HD video, ISOs of operating systems – then torrents are your friend: they don’t die if you get disconnected and they can take full advantage of multiple sources to get the data to you as fast as possible.

Torrent clients aren’t all created equal. Some offer stacks of features you’ll never use, others can’t cope with anything complicated and still others are stuffed with spyware. uTorrent isn’t one of those clients. It’s streamlined, simple and straightforward, but it’s smart too: for example it can automatically manage your network bandwidth so that your downloads or uploads don’t choke something more timely, such as a video clip you want to watch.

There’s an integrated search engine and an integrated media player too, and in addition to traditional torrent files it also supports magnet links and BitTorrent Bundles. That means it’s capable of handling all the different types of torrents you’ll find on the trackers.

Download here: uTorrent

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Former lion tamer, Girls Aloud backing dancer and habitual liar Gary Marshall (Twitter, Google+) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to .net, MacFormat, Tap! and Official Windows Magazine as well as co-writing stacks of how-to tech books. "My job is to cut through the crap," he says. "And there's a lot of crap."