uTorrent reverses decision on no opt-out Featured Torrents

Earlier this week, we reported that uTorrent would start adding a "Featured Torrent" section into their client, which at the time was intended to be a no opt-out addition to an update that would happen in the next few weeks.

Now, a representative from BitTorrent for uTorrent has reached out to Neowin via email, stating that this is no longer the case. The no opt-out part we mean.

Oh, Haaay! uTorrent doesn't suck anymore!

The email points out that feedback from the announcement was always going to play a part in the decision making process, and listen they did! Because according to their new blog post, the feature will still be shipped with the updated version of uTorrent, but now you can opt-out of seeing it, initially.

That language is important, because initially means this may change with a later version. For now at least, it will be a choice.

If you decide you want to check it out anyway, the in-client featured torrents will include offers from game and software developers, as well as BitTorrent Bundles from the artists and filmmakers that uTorrent partners with.

The blog post also points out that your privacy is also still very important to the company, and that it hasn't changed. It will not track your torrents, or behavior regardless if you leave the Featured Torrents on or off.

You can check out the initial forum post announcement and feedback from users here too, and the official statement here.

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Too late for me. I uninstalled uTorrent and moved over to Transmission. It's not as pretty to look at, but it gets the job done. The only issue I have with ad-supported software is that *most* of it is nothing more than a vector for malware infection. We are constantly having to remove malware on company PCs from people using WeatherBug or other ad-supported software. It gets tiresome. I'd much rather go the donation route than the ad-supported malware route.

Is it me or does the Tixati website and program color scheme resemble WinMX ?
Like totally

I've been using Deluge since the uTorrent announcement and i'm pretty happy with it. Every feature that I used is present and it's constantly updated.

wout000 said,
Is it me or does the Tixati website and program color scheme resemble WinMX ?
Like totally

I've been using Deluge since the uTorrent announcement and i'm pretty happy with it. Every feature that I used is present and it's constantly updated.

WinMX? Good times..... *nostalgia*

edit: Just checked the site, damn... That's close, me gusta!!!
It's missing the connection type indicator though... Damn I always partied when my peer had T connection on WinMX back in the days.

GS:win

I propose a simple solution:

1. Stop using torrents
2. Sign up for a usenet account
3. Install sabnzbd
4 ????
5. Profit!!

timmmay said,
I propose a simple solution:

1. Stop using torrents
2. Sign up for a usenet account
3. Install sabnzbd
4 ????
5. Profit!!


Believe it or not, some stuff cannot be had in Usenet or the different search sites are hard to find what you need at....
This is especially true for anything that's beyond English language AAA content.
Torrents have biiig gaping holes, too, but in honesty, combined they pretty much mostly cover your needs if you're into special downloads.

E.g.: Doujinshi are usually mostly popular on torrents and easier to discover, hugely depending on the doujinshi you're searching.

GS:win

Tixati is pretty good. Its been months I have stopped using uTorrent. For me UPNP also works great.
I don't think uTorrent is good as it used to be.

I installed it and it downloaded some ****, so I removed their software. They can get ****ed. Don't give me **** I don't ask for. *******s.

Nashy said,
I installed it and it downloaded some ****, so I removed their software. They can get ****ed. Don't give me **** I don't ask for. *******s.
Obviously you didn't read the screen when you installed it.. It clearly gives you the chance to opt out of any bundled software..

Ryoken said,
Obviously you didn't read the screen when you installed it.. It clearly gives you the chance to opt out of any bundled software..

- Click Next
- Click Next
- Click Next
- Click Next
- Click Next
- ???
- Whine

Ryoken said,
Obviously you didn't read the screen when you installed it.. It clearly gives you the chance to opt out of any bundled software..

I just tried it again. Twice tonight now. Both times I selected not to install the featured content, and it was still sitting downloading in uTorrent.

I actually was trying tixati. it seems to be going in the right direction, but it doesn't like private trackers so much and getting DHT working passed my firewall (Eset), using UPnP was totally frustrating. So I did what any normal human being would do: go back to 2.2.1. Geeezz, I had forgotten how good it was.

The damage has already been done. qBittorrent is my replacement, and i don't plan on using utorrent aain. wtg utorrent devs. you've screwed yourselves.

I'm guessing this is a reversal of the previous announcement ?
Or does this mean there will still be ad's etc ?
I found this story confusing.

I am Not PCyr said,
I'm guessing this is a reversal of the previous announcement ?
Or does this mean there will still be ad's etc ?
I found this story confusing.
There will be ads, but you'll be able to completely turn them off.

Why are people so up in arms over ad-supported software? Do people think they have a right to free software? So egocentric! Don't one have a right to be compensated for ones work?

LazLong said,
Why are people so up in arms over ad-supported software? Do people think they have a right to free software? So egocentric! Don't one have a right to be compensated for ones work?
Some of us paid for the Pro version. Doesn't anyone consider all aspects before making stupid comments?

fuzi0719 said,
Some of us paid for the Pro version. Doesn't anyone consider all aspects before making stupid comments?

Your point...... did they add ads to the paid version also?

LazLong said,
Why are people so up in arms over ad-supported software? Do people think they have a right to free software? So egocentric! Don't one have a right to be compensated for ones work?

why do people NOT like ad supported software ?
Should be obvious.. security, privacy etc Plus many other reasons such as
you paid for an app the way it is then someone decides that what you paid for will now be encumbered with ad's. does that sound fair ?
Your question kinda shocked me to be honest. Are you some crapware author or something ?

@2nd
Do we have a right to free software ?
Yes period.
I wrote a ton of code in the last decade and never asked for a cent.
And when i have been offered i have refused it..
Never taken a cent from anyone ever for any of my hard work
and let me tell you some of it was HARD work !

Why do people that make software think they are entitled to money ?

fuzi0719 said,
Some of us paid for the Pro version. Doesn't anyone consider all aspects before making stupid comments?

Why did you buy utorrent plus?

fuzi0719 said,
Some of us paid for the Pro version. Doesn't anyone consider all aspects before making stupid comments?

You do know that the ads are only for the free version, right?

I am Not PCyr said,

why do people NOT like ad supported software ?
Should be obvious.. security, privacy etc Plus many other reasons such as
you paid for an app the way it is then someone decides that what you paid for will now be encumbered with ad's. does that sound fair ?
Your question kinda shocked me to be honest. Are you some crapware author or something ?

@2nd
Do we have a right to free software ?
Yes period.
I wrote a ton of code in the last decade and never asked for a cent.
And when i have been offered i have refused it..
Never taken a cent from anyone ever for any of my hard work
and let me tell you some of it was HARD work !

Why do people that make software think they are entitled to money ?

Because they want compensation for their development work?

I am Not PCyr said,
Why do people that make software think they are entitled to money ?

Because some people make a living of it?

XerXis said,

Because some people make a living of it?

huh really ?

well when there is competition charging money for an app
and then you come along and offer an app for free and then at some later date you decide that you want money for it then consider some people may simply fee betrayed. Lets factor in also that this story shows an app that WAS 100% free of all garbage including toolbars etc and the they were bought out.. That is switch and bait almost. The existing customers did NOT sign up for this crap. And yes even free software has customers. Oh and check the revenue going on here.. how much does it cost to keep the lights on ?

I will not support shareware thieves from trying to to harvest people like cattle for money.. If your business model works then fine otherwise i'll will see your crap on rarwarez in a decade when they numerous free (or sensible) alternatives take over

the shareware scene has always been bad but it only gets worse
the deceptive and manipulative behaviour of most of these douches
makes me sick.. they are "getting paid for their hard work" by deceptive means
You want a 1,000 horribly disgusting examples of Video Encoders
or Windows Tweak packs that make deceptive or even outright false claims ?

Its simple you wanna make money then earn it !
If your garbage software doesn't make any money then tuff luck and too bad !

Toysoldier said,

Not sure they would refund for the pro version.


And to be honest, I'd adore to use the paid version even, if just they'd get their act together and release uTorrent Plus for Mac... >_>

GS:win

Toysoldier said,

Not sure they would refund for the pro version.

I'm sure you can find a magnet or torrent link for the pro version lol.

I was fine either way.. hosts file will block any advertising.. and regardless of the fact that it's gone down hill in the last few years imho, it's still 5x better than the other ones out there..

It's small, it's efficient, simple to use, but with all the advanced options I need..

jon.01 said,
A little too late for me. Time to find a new torrent client.

Deluge needs some polishing around the edges but it seems to be aiming precisely at what µTorrent used to be.

jon.01 said,
A little too late for me. Time to find a new torrent client.

If only uTorrent wasn't STILL incredibly efficient and small, even after being filled with bloat.
Any alternatives?

jon.01 said,
A little too late for me. Time to find a new torrent client.

lol... and I went back to 2.2.1 ( DHT-something ) from 3.2v and I was looking for a good alternative on Windows. I heard about "Tixati" but still I haven't checked.

PC EliTiST said,

lol... and I went back to 2.2.1 ( DHT-something ) from 3.2v and I was looking for a good alternative on Windows. I heard about "Tixati" but still I haven't checked.

Tixati works well, but it is rather heavy on the resources, and cannot handle the hundreds of erm... Linux distros that I seed nightly. utorrent 2.0.4 was the last good version in my opinion, however.

jon.01 said,
A little too late for me. Time to find a new torrent client.

Try qBittorrent. On open-source uTorrent clone, more or less.

Marcin Kurek said,

Deluge needs some polishing around the edges but it seems to be aiming precisely at what µTorrent used to be.


I had been using BitTorrent for over a year. After one of the updates, BitTorrent began to freeze quite frequently. It got to the point where I was killing its process more than I was downloading with it. I even redownloaded it and reinstalled it with no differing results. I then tried using uTorrent as it was the other popular choice. Again, it would continuously freeze. That's when I remembered Deluge from my Ubuntu install. I checked to see if it had a Windows version and sure enough, it did. At first, I kept thinking that it was lacking in features. But after using it for a week, I realized that I didn't even use most of the "advanced features" that uTorrent and BitTorrent touted. I've been using Deluge ever since and I haven't had one problem with it and I haven't had one regret.

Reacon said,

Tixati works well, but it is rather heavy on the resources, and cannot handle the hundreds of erm... Linux distros that I seed nightly. utorrent 2.0.4 was the last good version in my opinion, however.

+1 for Tixati. Very minimal but has plenty of options most people will use. I also like Transmission-QT (if you use Windows but like Transmission on Linux). Not as many options though, like using a proxy for tracker communication.