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uTorrent doubles userbase

uTorrent doubles userbase

This graph, produced by TorrentFreak, shows the massive growth uTorrent has experienced in the last year.

In news that may come as a shock to RIAA representatives, popular file sharing application LimeWire has been overtaken by rival application uTorrent, according to figures released by TorrentFreak last week.

The survey published by the pro-file sharing group uses data gathered by PC Pitstop on a sample of one million Windows PCs located in North America, and shows that the popular LimeWire package has lost around a quarter of its user base since 2007. The BitTorrent client uTorrent, on the other hand, has enjoyed a doubling of its installed user base in the same time period.

While LimeWire still accounts for a huge 37.9 percent of the file sharing market, uTorrent has grown to encompass 13.51 percent – a figure which is rapidly rising. Interestingly, the uTorrent software is more than twice as popular here in Europe as it is in the US, with 11.6 percent coverage compared to 5.1 percent in America.

Another interesting statistic to come out of the survey is that, according to TorrentFreak, “based on the amount of traffic that is generated by each P2P application, uTorrent would be the absolute winner.” This shows that the plucky little BitTorrent client is the popular choice amongst the more, shall we say, 'hardcore' data shifter, with LimeWire being the common man's choice for the occasional download.

With more and more companies using BitTorrent as a distribution method for perfectly legitimate files it's a market many software houses will be looking to break in to, and uTorrent – owned by the BitTorrent corporation itself – is certainly looking like the package to beat.

Anyone here have a preferred BitTorrent client, or do we all download our Linux distros and games patches the traditional way? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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RTT 29th April 2008, 09:49 Quote
It's a fantastic piece of software in every way
Baz 29th April 2008, 10:01 Quote
I can't believe people use Limewire, which is bascially a rebadged version of Kazaa! What is this? 1999? I guess it's very user friendly (bar the security holes and lawsuit's from the RIAA), and easy to find stuff, which is what the majority of average joe "users" want.

Incidentally, yes, I and everyone i know uses Utorrent.
Shadow_101 29th April 2008, 10:19 Quote
I was using G3 for torrents until I discovered the bliss which is Usenet.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 29th April 2008, 11:22 Quote
i use utorrent 1.6......is there any point upgrading to the newer version?
phuzz 29th April 2008, 11:23 Quote
Used to use uTorrent, but then I had to use linux for a while so I moved to Deluge (deluge-torrent.org), it's basically the open source version of uTorrent. They're still not quite stable (still on v0.5), but coming along, and you can use the same program for windows and linux and OSX (plus there's a web gui).
DougEdey 29th April 2008, 11:55 Quote
ktorrent is fine for linux, works perfectly, inbuilt RSS and web interface. Exceptionally stable.

I used to use uTorrent on Windows though and they feel very similar
RTT 29th April 2008, 12:58 Quote
I use the cli client :D
DougEdey 29th April 2008, 13:32 Quote
That's cos you're glider in disguise :p
Javerh 29th April 2008, 14:02 Quote
Lol! Limewire!
E.E.L. Ambiense 29th April 2008, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Javerh
Lol! Limewire!

"Join Our Feds Shooting-Gallery!"
Anakha 29th April 2008, 14:59 Quote
I use BTG (http://btg.berlios.de) for my TV/Movie stuff (As it's on my PVR) and uTorrent for everything else.

I used to use TorrentFlux, but that had a tendency to eat CPU and s**t bandwidth, as it used PHP to call the Python command-line client multiple times (Which would pretty much peg the CPU with a few torrents going at once), whereas BTG is very nice and streamlined, has a good multi-user web interface, oh and it auto-resumes downloads properly, which is something I couldn't get TorrentFlux to do.
Nikumba 29th April 2008, 15:18 Quote
I use uTorrent on occasion as its one file, and its got a 64bit version :) So hate having 32bit apps running on my machine, things like games, office etc will run as 32bit thats fine, but mediaplayer, msn etc all need to be 64bit :)
VictorianBloke 29th April 2008, 19:27 Quote
Avast! went off on one yesterday convinced there was a trojan in the .exe and installer, the latest beta works fine though, and considering that's the only problem I've encountered I'm quite happy to keep recommending utorrent to anyone that asks.
haggisathome 29th April 2008, 19:41 Quote
i have all ways used bit tornado .. its easy to use and is very simple
PrometheusCon 29th April 2008, 20:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by RTT
It's a fantastic piece of software in every way

Ain't it the truth? I love the simplicity.
Bionic-Blob 29th April 2008, 22:47 Quote
what is utorrent? i only know of µtorrent :P

thats alt+0181, µ, pronounced 'mew'!!!!!!
BurningFeetMan 30th April 2008, 07:04 Quote
I've been µtorrenting for years now. It's a lovely little application that I can highly recommend.
proxess 30th April 2008, 08:38 Quote
i've heard dodgy stuff about it so i'm just using something else...
Bauul 30th April 2008, 09:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bionic-Blob
what is utorrent? i only know of µtorrent :P

thats alt+0181, µ, pronounced 'mew'!!!!!!

01811 8181 yeah!
Lol, brings back memories of children's programs.

Anyway, I've used a fair few torrent clients in my time and µtorrent is by far and away the best, it's the perfect match between stability, accessibility and functionality.
RTT 30th April 2008, 09:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bionic-Blob
what is utorrent? i only know of µtorrent :P

thats alt+0181, µ, pronounced 'mew'!!!!!!

Nah, "micro torrent" :)
completemadness 30th April 2008, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by RTT
It's a fantastic piece of software in every way
Except its windows only

I use rTorrent cos it has the DHT stuff in it (something that was missing in ktorrent)
DougEdey 30th April 2008, 14:08 Quote
ktorrent has DHT in it now.
completemadness 1st May 2008, 00:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
ktorrent has DHT in it now.
oh, maybe it was the webui, anyway, i ditched it for a reason, i just dont remember now :p

i still prefer uTorrent, it has things like moving completed torrents/downloads - which none of the linux ones seem to
docodine 1st May 2008, 06:55 Quote
I use Bittorrent 6.0.3 on my Eee PC. Not that I can download much anyway...
notatoad 1st May 2008, 07:07 Quote
i use µtorrent mostly, but i keep meaning to get rtorrent set up on my fileserver so my downloads don't stop when i boot into linux.
DougEdey 1st May 2008, 08:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by completemadness
oh, maybe it was the webui, anyway, i ditched it for a reason, i just dont remember now :p

i still prefer uTorrent, it has things like moving completed torrents/downloads - which none of the linux ones seem to

*Ticks both boxes* yep, ktorrent has them now too, it's really matured and the plugins are nice too.
completemadness 1st May 2008, 17:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
*Ticks both boxes* yep, ktorrent has them now too, it's really matured and the plugins are nice too.
oh sweet, i guess ill have to give it another chance

oh wait, does ktorrent run without a gui?
DougEdey 1st May 2008, 18:10 Quote
Erm, it runs in the tray, not tried it from pure console yet...
completemadness 2nd May 2008, 07:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
Erm, it runs in the tray, not tried it from pure console yet...
that might have been it then, i dont run my servers with gui's :p
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