uTorrent Plus launches for $24.95/yr with integrated antivirus, more

By on December 9, 2011, 8:30 AM

BitTorrent has released a major update for its wildly popular filesharing client this week, marking the debut of its first paid version. Called uTorrent Plus, the software is being sold for $24.95 a year and infuses the (once?) lean, mean, downloading machine with a host of new features, including integrated support for converting popular video file types, such as MPEG4, H.264, Theora, and VP8, as well as MP3, AAC, and AC-3 audio files.

Paid users can also expect a built-in antivirus powered by BitDefender, an HD media player and remote access tools that allow you to control your home torrent client through any supported browser. You'll also be able to download files from your home torrent library to the remote device you're using. Those new functions might sound great on the surface, but BitTorrent seems to be receiving a mixed response from the community.

Ironically, those faithful to the software don't seem particularly angry that the company is charging for a premium version. Instead, they seem to disagree with the developer's choice of adding unnecessary features. Many subscribe to the "less is more" philosophy and uTorrent originally rose to stardom for maintaining a trim waistline. While most of the extras are limited to the paid software, some have trickled down to the free version.

Anyone can install a free copy of uTorrent 3.1, which has also been released this week and now includes an integrated standard definition media player as well as drag-and-drop file shifting to other devices, such as a game console or smartphone. We imagine the new features are largely out of the way and don't consume much in terms of system resources, but folks seeking greener pastures might want to try Deluge, qBittorrent or Tixati.




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yowanvista yowanvista said:

Here comes more bloat

tehbanz tehbanz said:

rtorrent FTW!

Guest said:

i wonder if utorrent will support donwloading of pirated utorrent plus. :)

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

So uTorrent is working on becoming more bloated that Vuze/Azureus? :P.

Guest said:

i think they should keep utorrent bare; no apps or anything. since bittorrent is pretty much the same, it have the free apps or the build in what ever and the plus paid feature. so utorrent stay tiny and simple.

Guest said:

I quit using torrents a long time ago, MegaUpload and Rapidshare premium accounts are so much faster. Unlimited bandwidth, and I get my full download speed of eight megabytes per second.

Guest said:

Torrents blow, warez ftw

Guest said:

Warez.. dude thats so 2005... go home..

Guest said:

So 2005? Well I joined in 2008 and it's still alive and kickin. When I say warez that's just the main place where I find my MU and RS links. Tons faster than torrents and are tons more consistent and don't have to depend on seeders. Torrents are so last century.

yorro said:

bloatTorrent

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is funny!!!

Paying for an application to pirate downloads they don't want to pay for.

jetkami said:

I am selling crked copies of uTorrent Plus at a discounted rate...get them while they are hot...FAIL!

Guest said:

People don't like to pay for things.

kamz999 said:

cliffordcooley said:

This is funny!!!

Paying for an application to pirate downloads they don't want to pay for.

Exactly....

Guest said:

Haha, that I'm curious too :)

Guest said:

It sure did but the pirated version started to complain about it's origins (had to manually delete the reg key).

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