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uTorrent now commands 60 percent market share among BitTorrent clients that are available to file sharers, according to the latest numbers released this week by the Tribler P2P team at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. That’s bad news for Azureus Vuze, which had […]

uTorrent now commands 60 percent market share among BitTorrent clients that are available to file sharers, according to the latest numbers released this week by the Tribler P2P team at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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That’s bad news for Azureus Vuze, which had been gaining, and the official client from BitTorrent — both of which lost over 20 percent of their share since last month, with BitTorrent’s client on a losing streak since June. In the “winner takes most” world of the Web, these numbers put uTorrent in a commanding lead. However, Transmission is growing at a rapid clip, posting nearly a 24 percent gain over September.

The Tribler team simply counted the client application reported by peers connected to a number of torrent swarms. What’s not clear is how the location, time, or selected torrents might have affected results — for instance, if Tribler was connecting from Delft, the results may be skewed toward European users.

All of which leaves this Vuze user wondering if he shouldn’t switch to uTorrent. Vuze’s attempts to position Azureus as a media platform and not just a torrent download application just seems to get in the way of sharing files.

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  1. Isn’t uTorrent owned by BitTorrent?

    1. @Sam – Yes, BitTorrent Inc. acquired uTorrent in December of 2006.

  2. Quite frankly the TF report feels sensationalistic, as all these “metrics” are based on a sample size of just 17k peers, which is a tiny tiny fraction of the millions connected at any given moment, and a size so small that a single torrent can significantly skew the results. I would argue that the tribler folks need to significantly increase their sample size before anyone can argue true statistical significance:

    10361 uTorrent
    2449 Azureus

    I’ve seen more peers on a single Lost torrent alone, than in their entire sampling! A 2% change is only a couple hundred peers in this tiny sample, a laughably small number, particularly when you realize that just a single torrent’s peers could skew all of these in the complete opposite direction.

    Let me know when somebody posts some real numbers, say from a real-world tracker’s point of view, like opentracker, which should have millions of swarm peers to pull metrics from.

    1. @Alon – Great point! A sample size of ~17k peers is far too small.

      1. ~17k is more than enough to get a representative sample.

        That aside, the previous two measurements used swarms og more than 100k peers.

  3. Only detail not mentionned is that vuze has stopped adding any content to their HD platform for nearly three weeks

  4. I hate the name Vuze and the “new” interface. But I hate uTorrent’s interface much more. I am using and will continue to use Vuze with the “old UI” setting until they stop me. At which point I’ll move to another torrent client. I’ll use rTorrent if I have to before I’ll switch to uTorrent.

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