BitTorrent acquires uTorrent

Post ImageSome potentially bad news today for µTorrent fans such as myself. Bram Cohen, the creator of BitTorrent, announced that his company has aquired the popular client app. TechCrunch has the scoop:

The move will bring quite a few torrent users over to BitTorrent. News site TorrentFreak estimates that buying µTorrent, will bring BitTorrent nearly 50 percent of torrent users.

The acquisition price has not yet been disclosed.

You can read more comment on the deal here. You can also checkout the special µTorrent forum. And here is the BitTorrent press release.

I say potentially bad because BitTorrent has made massive efforts to go completely legit, and has inked deals with many content providers such as MTV and 20th Century Fox. There is some concern that they would add content filtering to µTorrent or backtrack on the protocol encryption work.

Most importantly, I hope that BitTorrent doesn’t add bloat to the wonderfully small and efficient µTorrent.

Read: TechCrunch

  • http://blogs.blogosphere.ca/inge Inge

    that is certainly some distressing news…I definitely liked uTorrent, in fact, I’m using it right now, no install, no real processing power consumption, it’s so great! I’ve tried Azureus but hated it :P

  • http://theshepherdswake.blogsome.com/ Kevin

    I think this is a fantastic acquisition. Routers are starting to come with Bittorrent built in, so it makes sense to buy the best small bittorrent client available. Plus, at the least a Linux client is forthcoming. The only thing that could make this better is if they GPL’d it, which doesn’t seem to be on the table.