BitTorrent Inc. just announced the release of uTorrent 1.0 stable for Mac on its blog. uTorrent is one of the most popular P2P file sharing applications for Windows, and it is especially known for being very lightweight yet feature-rich. The Mac version is built with the same principles in mind, according to the BitTorrent blog:
“It contains all the protocol enhancements µTorrent is known for, including DHT, PEX, Protocol Encryption and the new uTP transport – while delivering fast downloads in a simple, resource friendly package.”
BitTorrent tried for a while to sell digital downloads and market its technology to big media companies, but has since refocused on the consumer market. The company has been working on combining BitTorrent with web services and recently published an iPhone interface for its web-based uTorrent UI.
BitTorrent co-founder Bram Cohen, who also invented the BitTorrent protocol, has been working on a P2P-powered personal video streaming solution that could one day become part of uTorrent. The BiTorrent blog didn’t make mention of that project today, but said that uTorrent for Mac would soon offer all the same features as its Windows counterpart.
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