The Fairest Torrent Program in the Land

xtorrent icon I don’t usually type in AOL-speak, but … OMFG, LOL, ROFL, etc.!

So, it’s really early in the morning, and I can’t sleep. Naturally, I do what every other computer geek does – watch some late night TV and then see what’s on the internet.

Stumbling around some delicious bookmarks and such, I ran across XTorrent. If you like torrents (and have a Mac), you’ll love this program. Here’s why:

  1. It’s beautiful. If you’ve read this far, you’re probably a Mac user, and that means beauty is probably important. We’ve got a winner here.
  2. It’s intuitive. Ditto for the above.
  3. It’s small. As a geek, this is also important. The smaller the program, the better. Especially when it does exactly what you want, and no more, no less.
  4. It’s got search! After using Transmission and Azureus for a while, I settled for Transmission for the above reasons. But, I still had to search torrent sites for the things I wanted to download. No longer! The first thing this little baby did when I cranked the engine was tell me “Search here”. It even has suggestions as you type (like Google Suggest)!
  5. It sorts searches by stars and shows what files are inside. I love this feature too. By showing what’s inside, you can be a little more assured of what you’re getting. It’s still a torrent, so you still can’t be 100% sure, but it’s close.

I’m not sure I could ask for more than what’s been given in this little app. It’s the best piece of software I’ve seen since Textmate.

[tags]torrent, osx, os+x, os x, xtorrent, transmission, azureus, p2p[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "The Fairest Torrent Program in the Land"

  1. Alex says:

    yes i agree this was great but then…….. they started charging for it…… i hate paying for this kind of stuff. Also its now bundled with spyware.
    i hear you with the textmate thing through…. amazing

  2. nate says:

    Alex,

    I agree… I hate paying for this kind of stuff… but I haven’t seen it bundled with spyware. I think you might want to recheck that. He makes money off the sale, not spyware… I’m pretty sure of it.

    And yes, textmate rules. :)

 
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