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Vuze vs uTorrent
Vuze and uTorrent Comparison
There are two freeware BitTorrent clients that really stand out from the crowd: uTorrent and Azureus (now known as Vuze). Since these are the most popular ones, it's only natural that a lot of people argue about which one is a better torrent downloader: Azureus or uTorrent? Both of them have their pros and cons, some of which are listed below.
Both clients, however, are fully capable of creating, downloading and seeding .torrent files, as well as doing a lot of smart and advanced things like automatically downloading from RSS feeds, using multiple trackers, banning specific IP addresses, or setting download priorities for each file inside the torrent separately. You probably can't go wrong whichever one you choose for your torrenting.
Vuze (Azureus) Overview
Vuze compared to uTorrent
Azureus is a powerful open source BitTorrent client with a huge amount of features and support for 3rd party plugins. For several years now it has been known as Vuze instead - a P2P (peer-to-peer) network of high quality video content - but you are still able to use the classic Azureus interface if you want to.
Vuze requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE). This is good because it can run on any operating system that supports JRE, and it is bad because Java-based Azureus client uses quite a lot of system resources. Many people say that Vuze downloads faster than uTorrent, but tests have been conflicting so far and there's no definite conclusion.
Vuze recently released a new torrent client called Vuze Leap. Compared to their original app, it uses a lot less resources and features an extremely simple GUI. It might appeal to people who found the original Vuze too bloated and slow.
uTorrent compared to Azureus
uTorrent is a lightweight and efficient torrent downloader. It is closed source, which Azureus fans are quick to point out as a big flaw (it is theoretically possible for the uTorrent developers to add anything they want to the program, such as DRM protection, or copyright breach reporting, without the users' knowledge). There's also no plugin support, and it has less features than Vuze (but still more than you will probably ever need). The latest version has some ads running, which fortunately can be disabled through options.
Unlike Vuze client, uTorrent is not Java-based. This is good because uTorrent is really small, fast, and uses very little CPU and RAM. However, it also means that a separate version has to be developed for every platform. uTorrent now has Mac support, and an early Linux version is in development. There is no doubt that uTorrent is faster than Azureus when it comes to the program itself; on the other hand, various Azureus and uTorrent speed comparison tests have shown different results, so it's not clear which torrent client can produce higher download speeds.
What is the Best BitTorrent Client?
uTorrent or Vuze (Azureus), which one is a better (faster, safer...) BitTorrent client?
Useful websites for torrent users.
- Vuze homepage (formerly known as Azureus) contains download links and more information about this bittorrent client and its unique features.
- µTorrent homepage: download µTorrent, find out more about its features, or ask for help in the community support forums.
- List of BitTorrent clients on Wikipedia has a massive number of various BT applications listed, and compares their features and popularity.
- BT Guard allows you to torrent anonymously and bypass ISP throttling. Protect your privacy and increase download speeds as well.