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New BitTorrent clients surface for Mac

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Thu April 19, 2007

New BitTorrent clients

Two new BitTorrent clients have surfaced that work on Apple's Mac OS X operating system, enabling users to partake in large file downloads while providing key pieces of those files to other users simultaneously. Xtorrent 1.0 (build 40) is a client based around searches. Users type keywords to produce results directly in the software, and downloads require just one more click to begin. Xtorrent also supports subscriptions to torrentcasts, with the latest release adding azureus/utorrent compatible peer exchange as well as pre-torrent bandwidth controls. The update also produces a warning dialog when removing a torrentcast, and fixes the autodownload feature. Xtorrent is available for free, and a Pro edition eliminates nags as well as feature limits and bandwidth caps for $20. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.


Another application catering to Mac users is titled Transmission. The software is designed as a lightweight open source and free BitTorrent client with an intuitive interface that runs natively on more than five operating systems. The client features intelligent banning of peers who send corrupted data, built-in Peer Exchange, and simple usage that masks complicated settings.

Transmission 0.70 is available for free as a digital download, requiring Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The application runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary.

by MacNN Staff





  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "New Clients Surfaced"???? These two clients have both been out for at least a year. Way to be on top of things macnn

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What is it with these file sharing programs wanting $$$ for programs to basically download other stuff. Forget that, I'll get the upgraded version from some P2P service and go from there...

  1. tpressman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DIGITAL download...

    as opposed to some other form of download.

  1. aptenergy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they run off the same library (called libtransmission, MIT license). so there's no point in using XTorrent unless you need the snazzy interface, or maybe the search capabilities. But Transmission has more features than XTorrent does, since they're the ones actively implementing them. Transmission is also free.

  1. fahlman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No $$$


    Transmission is free.

  1. ajhoughton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no shame

    The people who write these clients have no shame. They know as well as everyone else that the main use for BitTorrent is to download stuff illegally without paying for it.

    But they continue to try to charge for software whose primary use is stealing software/music/movies that represent many months (and in some cases years) of other peoples' hard work and effort.

    Yes, BitTorrent and other P2P networks do have some legitimate uses, and there is legitimate traffic as well. It's just that it's *dwarfed* by the amount of copyright theft, as *everyone* is well aware.

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