μTorrent Pro Tips: Streaming 101

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This ongoing series will help you get the most out of μTorrent, from the basics to tips and tricks.

μTorrent Pro has one very important feature up its sleeve: streaming your torrents even before they’ve downloaded completely. This is particularly ideal when you’ve picked out a long movie — say, the Tbilisi I Love You BitTorrent Bundle — and want to start watching right away without waiting for the whole download process to end.
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Now Available: µTorrent version 3.4.3

The latest release of µTorrent is now available and has the following updates:

  • New installer updates
  • Network traffic reduction
  • DHT fixes and updates
  • Update to version 3.4.3

As mentioned in our blog on March 28, the Epic Scale Partner offer has been permanently suspended. This means that as long as you are downloading µTorrent directly from us, the Epic Scale partner offer will not appear.  This new release is in part to make it easy for our users to identify which version of μTorrent to pursue. It is important to note that if you are not downloading μTorrent software directly from us, that some third party distributors may have the older version with the Epic Scale offer.

This would only be a very small number, but to be sure you are installing the version you want, look for 3.4.3 or download directly from us.

Download the Decade of Doctor Who Bundle with μTorrent

The celebrated series reboot marks ten years since its return with a ten episode box set featuring specially selected highlights from the last ten years of New Who for $12.

Doctor Who Bundle

The reboot of the Doctor Who has become a global phenomenon. Ten years ago, the Doctor’s journey began anew with Russell T Davies and “Rose”. The Time Lord moved into the 21st century, and demanded we look beyond it, too: into our shared history, our future; towards the edge of what’s possible when it comes to adventures and storytelling.

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μTorrent Pro Tips: μTorrent + RSS

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This ongoing series will help you get the most out of μTorrent, from the basics to tips and tricks.

Have you ever wished that your favorite Torrents could be delivered to you magically, without having to search for them? μTorrent can easily gather the media from your favorite feeds, like a podcast, for example, and download them without any human involvement. This, of course, is possible thanks to a helpful little protocol called RSS.

The process of adding an RSS feed to μTorrent is about as simple as can be — click the RSS icon in the toolbar and paste in the feed you want, choosing a custom alias. Deleting it is simple too — you can right click to disable any feed at any time, or to re-enable it later. So, for example, if you wanted to stay updated with the direct-to-fan offerings of artists through BitTorrent Bundles, you can click the icon and enter “https://bundles.bittorrent.com/feed.rss.”

Boom, Bundles direct to you.

However, sometimes the RSS feed itself needs a little bit more massaging to work correctly. If for some reason you aren’t getting fed right, here are some ways to troubleshoot it:

Once everything is geared up to run, you can download everything from all feeds by right-clicking and selecting “Automatically download items published in feed” from the Edit Feed options. You can also select favorites to download automatically, or filter episodes based on file format. Just make sure that when you select filters, you enter the name of the podcast feed in correctly. You can also use the “Episode Number” feature to download media of a certain number, or only new episodes. If your feed is not downloading properly, don’t forget to use the wildcards “*” and “?” to prevent breakage.

Happy consumption!


Download μTorrent for free and gain access to a fast, lightweight file sharing system, and upgrade to μTorrent Pro for an ad-free, enhanced experience.

Photo: Flickr/Rob McDonald

Important Update About Epic Scale Partner Offer

On Friday, March 6th, we received user feedback about an optional partner offer to our users to install software from Epic Scale. On that same day, we suspended this offer. We’ve concluded after further review that this suspension will be permanent.

We came to this conclusion based on negative user reaction to this offer. We acknowledge again that we misjudged how this offer would be received, and we apologize to users who have objected to it or who had trouble uninstalling that software. We understand this has already eroded some users’ trust in μTorrent.

So what comes next? Specifically:

  1. Permanent Suspension of the Epic Scale Partner Offer. While we reiterate our belief and support in their charitable mission, this is clearly something you should discover on your own and participate in directly with Epic Scale. If you’d like to learn more, we’d encourage you to visit their website.
  2. A commitment to continue our quest for improving how we fund the costs associated with the distribution of our free software and our other projects and innovations.

On the second item, many of you wrote with understanding that providing free software and services to users costs money, whether it’s services such as Google and Facebook, or downloadable software like ours. Many understand the common downloadable software model which we, and most free software companies, have followed for years.

Although Epic Scale is an exception, we’ve managed this model without significant negative feedback for a long time. Nonetheless, some of you may know that we, like many other downloadable software companies, are in search of new and better ways to fund our product costs. You will see these different ways emerge in the coming months, including better and more premium offerings such as the new Pro version with content streaming. We will keep everyone posted on these developments.

Meanwhile, some logistics:

As mentioned, Epic Scale has already been permanently suspended on all versions including current μTorrent 3.4.2 and BitTorrent 7.9.2. A new release, μTorrent 3.4.3, and BitTorrent 7.9.3, is scheduled to come out in the next two weeks. This new release is in part to make it easy for our users to identify which version of μTorrent to pursue. It is important to note that if you are not downloading μTorrent software directly from us, that some third party distributors may have the older version with the Epic Scale offer.

As a closing note, we can’t express enough how important our community is to us. And further, how seriously we take all of the feedback we receive. We’ve worked hard over the years to meet expectations and deliver quality software. We thank all of those who have remained loyal; we ask you to stay with us as we work hard to prove we can continue to innovate and meet your expectations.

Epic Scale offer on hold, Uninstall Instructions

The following was posted earlier today on our forums (you can access that thread here).

I wanted to be sure our full community could see this, so I’m reposting here as well.

“We understand the concerns that have been raised about our partner offer with Epic Scale. Amid user feedback, on Friday mid-day we paused the offer to allow time for us to do an evaluation.

This offer has been made to Windows client installs only, not Mac or Linux machines. It was released to about 6% of our global population between mid-January and March 6th 2015. If you are looking for information on how to remove Epic Scale conventionally or manually, please visit http://www.epicscale.com/how-to-uninstall-epic-scale

There have been a lot of claims over the past few days, some of them fair and some pretty wild. We have always invited an open and constructive dialogue, particularly through our forums, and want that to continue.

As we’ve discussed in the past, partner offers are one of the ways we generate revenue. Many of you already understand that this is a common model for software companies that provide products and technology for free. Our policy is that these offers are strictly optional and we have never done a silent install; in fact, we built our installer technology to make silent installs impossible. The offers we choose and how we present them are something we strive to get right, and we think we’ve been mostly successful over the last four years.

That being said – from the feedback we’ve received, it is clear that we misjudged how users would react to this offer; this software is truly different from our previous offers and therefore deserves special attention. For this, we unequivocally apologize to our affected users.

A quick word on Epic Scale. We do believe their charitable mission to be genuine and heartfelt, and their technology innovative. We encourage you to learn more about them and to offer constructive feedback so they can improve on what they are doing. We are working with them to take another close look at how their software works (and how we present it) and have shared the concerns that have been made here so that they can be addressed.

We hope this better clarifies the nature of our offers, and of our partnership with Epic Scale.”

Regarding Partner Offers

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The safety and trust of our users is very important to us, and we strive to make the µtorrent experience an easy, direct, and efficient one. In the past 24 hours, we have seen some complaints in our user forum regarding our partnership with Epic Scale. We take these claims very seriously, respecting our users’ passion for µtorrent and their desire for privacy.
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μTorrent Pro Tips: How to Pair Your Android Device

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This ongoing series will help you get the most out of μTorrent, from the basics to tips and tricks.

When you want entertainment on-the-go, where do you look? Probably that highly sophisticated computer in your pocket — that also happens to make phone calls. As smartphones continue to become bigger, faster, and easier to own, it only makes sense that it fills the role of entertaining you while you’re on a long trip, commuting every day or even just laying in bed.
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μTorrent Pro Tips: Understanding Firewalls, UPnP and NAT-PMP

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This ongoing series will help you get the most out of μTorrent, from the basics to tips and tricks.

If you visit the Connection Preferences in μTorrent, you’ll see a couple of checkboxes for UPnP and NAT-PMP that are checked by default. These settings are key to make sure that μTorrent doesn’t get tripped up by your router or firewall.
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µTorrent Pro Tips: µTorrent For Your Console

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This ongoing series will help you get the most out of μTorrent, from the basics to tips and tricks.

Torrents aren’t just for computers. Gaming and mobile consoles can actually run torrent media files, provided that they are converted to the proper video codec supported by the device. µtorrent Pro, available now for Windows, converts media files to be played on your gaming console. This makes it easy to play HD video or music through your device — and on the big screen.

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