Ever since I switched to a Mac as my main computer a couple years back, there have been few regrets… few cherished programs I have not been able to replace with something just as good, if not better. In fact, there’s been only two: I still think FeedDemon is a better blogger’s RSS reader than NetNewsWire, and there’s no Bitorrent program on the Mac as simple, elegant, full-featured yet streamlined as µTorrent.
I’ve never quite understood why a program as bloated and confrontational as Vuze (formerly Azureus) was the best torrent client the Mac had to offer. Both Beschizza and I have tried the alternatives: Transmission and Tomato Torrent and the like. Rob suspects that there’s some trickiness involved in programming a BT client around OS X’s wonky UPnP settings. I don’t know anything about that: I’ve simply rejected every other torrent client as too slow compared to Vuze, then grudgingly returned to it.
But I’ve always pined for a µTorrent for Mac. In under 300k, the Windows client is so simple my mother could figure out how to use it without a screen sharing session, yet advanced enough that I can make it the engine to drive an entire television worth of intercontinental programming. In fact, the Windows client is so simple, attractive and streamlined it has always seemed utterly out of place on Vista.
Now, according to Cult of Mac, an alpha version of µTorrent for OS X has hit The Pirate Bay. It’s a premature delivery, obviously, and I doubt the µTorrent developers would approve, but surely they’d be the first to admit that it was at least a poetic birth. The screenshots look great, and CoM is reporting that it runs better than its Windows counterpart, with only search still acting wonky, but I have not been able to get a response from the Pirate Bay to give it a try. Once I do, I’ll put up some impressions.