Download of the Day: Torch

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Torch Browser

Having to bother downloading scores of add-ons to make your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsing experience the best it can be is often annoying and can be remedied by simply choosing a different browser in the first place. Step forward Torch.

Why you need it

From the very outset Torch looks and acts like a clone of Google Chrome and you wouldn't be wrong to think that. There's so much more to Torch than simply its roots in the Google camp though.

Torch brings to the table a range of add-ons that allow you to grab media from a webpage, enjoy a Spotify-like listening experience, play games and even download the latest torrents without so much as a visit to the Chrome Web Store.

Users can access the Torch Music app at any time from the dedicated icon alongside the address bar. Tracks are grabbed right from YouTube and then organised into playlists according to artist, album or compilation. It goes deeper than that with suggestions, trending songs, personalised playlists and it will have you wondering whether paying for that Spotify Premium membership is really worth it.

Games are another strand to the browser with an arsenal of popular titles that can play natively within the browser window and there is the ability to look at games by category, popularity and how new they are. Torrent downloads can also be initiated directly inside the browser window by using the icon to the right of the address bar and it negates the need for a separate app to that takes up valuable disk space. There's even an in-browser searching facility for torrents that appears when the program is turned on.

That customisation goes even further still with custom home and search page backdrops that come complete with the time in the top corner and a variety of different options that get away from the benign offerings in Google Chrome

Torch will appeal primarily to those that have a real premium for space on their machines but also has much to offer to regular Windows PC users hankering for an escape from the norm.

Key features

Works on: Windows PC

Price: Free

Torch Music: Play songs and videos from right inside the browser window by taking advantage of the service's YouTube integration.

Personalised Home: Various backdrops can be added to the initial start page that also features the date and time.

Torrent Friendly: With its own torrent client built-in you can search and download large files from inside the browser itself.

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