µTorrent plans to launch a paid platform

BitTorrent Inc. has announced today that they are planning to launch a paid version of the popular µTorrent client. There is yet to be a complete list of features, however, so far they have revealed that µTorrentPlus will have the ability to convert videos and transfer files to portable devices such as iPods etc.

At present, the µTorrent team is working on finalising an invite-only beta version of the client according to TorrentFreak, with the expectation that more details about the program will be published in the coming weeks. Those wishing to put their name down to qualify for early access must do so through their webpage. No price has yet been set for µTorrentPlus according to Jordy Berson who is Director of Product Management for the brand.

There has however so far, been pessimism expressed from some users who feel that the fundamental cause of a file-sharing client is being undermined as BitTorrent Inc. pursues charging users for an advanced version of torrenting software. Mr Berson said that:

“We think of it more as diversifying revenue sources. Some of the features will involve us paying licensing fees so it’s not like this is a pure profit business for us, although given our scale we’ll be able to negotiate good terms and pass on to customers a great value”.

Since µTorrent is used by almost 100 million users worldwide, making it the most popular file sharing client on the Internet, this represents a potential shift in the way that people use the software. If it is successful, it may mean than other developers will follow suit in duplicating the business model for their own software; only time will tell as to whether the idea will take off with users.

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Isn't their strap-line something like "it's free and always will be" ? Or is that Facebook?

They will loose a lot of respect in doing this to the client as I'd rather associate myself as little as possible with a client used predominentaly for pirating

There is still a free version, The only difference between the two is added features. You are probably going to pay less for a bundle that does something that you would usually buy in store for more. Not to mention uTorrent was designed with taking up little space. This should be interesting to see if they manage to pull it off, Though for now I'll still stick with my free version.

I'd pay not to have those features in the client (especially the encoding). I hate all the monolithical stuff that media-downloading apps are pushing these days. Also, cue the moaning all over the client about updating to the plus version.

I can't wait until they add full office document editing, 3D video rendering and Large Hadron Collider data analysis to utorrent in v4!

Ugh. I'm still on 2.2.1, and only because people started banning/blocking the 1.8.5 branch. The overdevelopment of this program is starting to make me sick.

ring0 said,
I can't wait until they add full office document editing, 3D video rendering and Large Hadron Collider data analysis to utorrent in v4!

Ugh. I'm still on 2.2.1, and only because people started banning/blocking the 1.8.5 branch. The overdevelopment of this program is starting to make me sick.


I hope in next version of utorrent they will also add IM client (to communicate between utorrent users), TV channel watching, e-mail client and few 3D dx11 mutiplayer games to play while movie is downloading.

If I read it right then they wanting to charge for something which you can do for free....................um whatever I guess (I know what the fast majority are going to go for and it ain't the paid option either)

This sounds kind of retarded. Why would people pay for a program to convert media files and transfer said files to portable devices when these things can easily be done for free. I can see people who don't know how to use things like SUPER or other various cross encoding, however most portable devices support the media files being distributed. And on the other front, who wants to sit and watch a DVD quality movie on their small phone? Like Sony says on their ads at the movies, why should you reduce your screen size to something like that. Your computer can easily play most media with something like Win7Codecs or VistaCodecs installed. Some people prefer other codec packs, but its all out there and its all still free. I guess its more a matter of people who know how to do things like this versus people who don't know or don't want to be bothered by the hassle and wouldn't mind paying for a one stop solution for it.
Now the only other question I have is what about the legality of converting copyrighted media files and how such media file would be identified, because surely the MPAA and RIAA are going to have issues with people being able to convert bootlegs or even paid media to various formats and copied onto various devices when said technology goes mainstream. Who is going to pay for the legalities, uTorrent, or uTorrent consumers?

lflashl said,

newsgroups are not talked about just used!

Thats bull****! The people that use them had to learn somehow! Quit being a douche and at least pm the person and help them. Oh wait your priveledged and no one else should ever know.

Kind of feel like everyone is going to use uTorrent to download uTorrent +. Kind of kills the marketing system don't you think.

jmc15john said,
Kind of feel like everyone is going to use uTorrent to download uTorrent +. Kind of kills the marketing system don't you think.

Yeah. You'd hope they have some really ridiculously good anti-piracy prevention to stop it (not that it would stop it)

I really don't see the problem if it's a separate application and the free version doesn't get piled full of incessant upgrade nags. It's like Windows Home & Pro.

random_n said,
I really don't see the problem if it's a separate application and the free version doesn't get piled full of incessant upgrade nags. It's like Windows Home & Pro.
Except neither of those are free

WTF? I thought the point of uTorrent is "if you paid for anything you were scammed." So are they scamming us now? Haha.

From the pic it looks like this can act as some sort of DLNA or UPNP server because it says *transcode* ... but there are already a ton of free software that can do this.

Lexcyn said,
WTF? I thought the point of uTorrent is "if you paid for anything you were scammed." So are they scamming us now? Haha.

From the pic it looks like this can act as some sort of DLNA or UPNP server because it says *transcode* ... but there are already a ton of free software that can do this.


it is

utorrent+ new slogan "if you paid anything it is well worth it!"

Wow some people are really overreacting.. so you're refusing to pay for something that you don't currently have now anyway and switching to another client to do what you're already doing with the free uTorrent client in the first place. Yep, that makes perfect sense.

Besides, one of the benefits of uTorrent was that it's pretty lightweight versus the others, some of which are ginormous pigs. I'll stick with the freebie that doesn't have that extra baggage thanks, if something's needing conversion there's already a ton of software to handle that already.

myxomatosis said,
Wow... is uTorrent becoming a bloatware?

utorrent 3 it is a bloatware even if you can hide all that useless features, not to say that have lots of issues.

I'll never use utorrent again. This cut me off officially. I'll be moving to open source now...I knew it, when the latest utorrent wanted me to rate crap that I wasn't sure of (even confirmed, legal linux distros)....way to sell out, utorrent! <uninstalls>
</utorrent>

i dont think many people will pay for it, i wonder how many would actually paid, and which differences would be...
I havent used utorrent in a while, since i found Tixati client which is kind of cool and works fine. but its a surprise utorrent will start having a paid version.

Coming soon to a torrent near you.. oh the irony.. honestly the only thing that i can think a person would pay for would be an anonymous VPN tunnel with uTorrent.

what a joke, i kind of knew this may have happened once they got so massive, which they have been for a long time, i hope this back fires on them to make way for other programs like deluge to get more users

happy deluge user here for about 3 months, was previously using utorrent

i sort of skimmed over the article but...

are they saying utorrent will be paid version only and no more free version like it is now? , if they are i am done with it and will find something else.

but then again i rarely use torrent stuff anymore as newsgroups are where it's at nowadays as it's far less risk and download speeds can't be beat only side effect is it cost a small amount of money (i.e. $11)

ThaCrip said,
i sort of skimmed over the article but...

are they saying utorrent will be paid version only and no more free version like it is now? , if they are i am done with it and will find something else.

but then again i rarely use torrent stuff anymore as newsgroups are where it's at nowadays as it's far less risk and download speeds can't be beat only side effect is it cost a small amount of money (i.e. $11)

No, there will be a free and plus version.

ThaCrip said,
i sort of skimmed over the article but...

are they saying utorrent will be paid version only and no more free version like it is now? , if they are i am done with it and will find something else.


but then again i rarely use torrent stuff anymore as newsgroups are where it's at nowadays as it's far less risk and download speeds can't be beat only side effect is it cost a small amount of money (i.e. $11)


If you use newsgroups, you don't talk about newsgroups.

One of the things supposedly offered in this paid version is an option to move files between
our different devices. Surely we can all do that already anyway without extra paid solutions!
Unless uTorrent is planning to lock down the files that are downloaded via the client, and
only those that pay for uT+ are going to be allowed to be able to unlock them!

If so, that's never going to work, and torrent users will flock to some other torrent client.

DJGM said,
One of the things supposedly offered in this paid version is an option to move files between
our different devices. Surely we can all do that already anyway without extra paid solutions!
Unless uTorrent is planning to lock down the files that are downloaded via the client, and
only those that pay for uT+ are going to be allowed to be able to unlock them!

If so, that's never going to work, and torrent users will flock to some other torrent client.


Lets just say I already use transmission lol. On another note, it mentions converting implying no other 3rd party tools are needed for it to work on other devices.

Ryoken said,
Maybe with a paid version they can take the free version back to it's roots, and slim it back down.

zomg you are totally right, it took all night to download that 624Kb exe

Ryoken said,
Maybe with a paid version they can take the free version back to it's roots, and slim it back down.

What are you talking about?

Ryoken said,
Maybe with a paid version they can take the free version back to it's roots, and slim it back down.

Doubtful they will do that. I hate the way it is now..what version would I need again to get it how it was before 3.0 or 2.3 ones?

Just because it's small doesn't mean it's not bloated compared to what it once was.

It used to be so clean and elegant

Ryoken said,
Just because it's small doesn't mean it's not bloated compared to what it once was.

It used to be so clean and elegant

So, icons = bloat. I see.

Ryoken said,
Maybe with a paid version they can take the free version back to it's roots, and slim it back down.

I agree.

You can't say that it has got simpleter since 1.8.5 or whatever? It's getting more and more full of things that simply don't need to exist in the client.

It's not the physical size of the application or how much memory it runs, it's the look and feel when using it I care more about.

leo221 said,
they want to charge money for people to download pirated files? what a joke

Why does everyone assume bit-torrent is for piracy? Its like saying the Internet is for porn.

Melfster said,

Why does everyone assume bit-torrent is for piracy? Its like saying the Internet is for porn.

Why does everyone asume the internet is for porn. It's like saying the sky is blue.

LauRoman said,
Why does everyone asume the internet is for porn. It's like saying the sky is blue.

The internet is for porn... but the sky ISN'T blue.

Melfster said,

Why does everyone assume bit-torrent is for piracy? Its like saying the Internet is for porn.

Try saying that to the riaa and mpaa...they more then likely think it is i bet not 100% on that though. Well im going now gotta spend time with my lady

negroplasty said,

The internet is for porn... but the sky ISN'T blue.

The sky is not blue, we just see it that way and torrent (as a network protocol) is not just for Pirates.

WOW uses the torrent protocol for updates.
Eveonline - again for updates
Playstation - there psn network is based on this.

Stup0t said,

The sky is not blue, we just see it that way and torrent (as a network protocol) is not just for Pirates.

WOW uses the torrent protocol for updates.
Eveonline - again for updates
Playstation - there psn network is based on this.

Yeah so we can transcode WoW or PSN games to our iPods...

leo221 said,
they want to charge money for people to download pirated files? what a joke

This excuse is so lame. Technically you can say that, but 99% of people use it for pirated material who are you trying to kid.

Melfster said,

Why does everyone assume bit-torrent is for piracy? Its like saying the Internet is for porn.


Why would you need to use torrent client for downloading something else when there is good download managers available built-in modern browsers? Linux distro downloading doesn't count.