Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a P2P file sharing client using the bittorrent protocol. Search and download torrent files. Play, convert and transcode videos and music for playing on many devices such as PSP, TiVo, XBox, PS3, iTunes (iPhone, iPod, Apple TV).
- Torrent Downloader
- Magnet Downloader
- Bittorrent Downloader
- Remote Torrent Download
It's a strong and customisable software, one of my favourites. I've been using since before becoming Vuze, I guess I started in version 2. The only thing that bothers me is how boring the installation became as now the installer has thousands of bloatware to be installed and you need to be cautious to not install them, as the installer is made to be confusing to lead you to install those crap. It's still possible to install only it, without all that bloatware, here's a guide on how-to: 1. Tick the "Customize" checkbox after you selected the installer language; 2. The only "Accept" button you need to click is the one in the same page where the above checkbox is in, all others you need to Decline; 3. Take you time to read every installation page. I'm not saying to read the ToS, but read the rest. You are a human, you should be more intelligent than the other animals, you have the power to decipher symbols and convert those to words and thus read a text, stop being lazy and make that brain work. And rule #3 is a must for every installer and always take a little time to read at least the important parts of every ToS (like Privacy or What we do with your data)
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1 Star = 0 Star. If, and only IF you download directly using wget or curl, and get the REAL program (not SourceForge's Spyware, Adware and Malware pre-installer), and also, IF and only IF you use the CLASSIC UI, then this program is a 4-Star, maybe 5-Star. But, it immediately loses all stars when they opt to use the malware installer from SourceForge (like they dupe most people into doing). Also, the new UI (new for many many years now, when Azureus became Vuze), is disgustingly obnoxious. Ads, trailers, noise, useless garbage that wastes what precious little bandwidth I have. The ONLY reason I still use this program is because I can (somewhat tediously) eventually get it back to the classic settings. It's a downloader. I want it to download files. Efficiently. I don't want to chat on IRC, play video games, make waffles, scan outer space. Just download files. Period. Simple. But the developers are hell bent on making everyone hate this app, for some reason known only to the greedy. It's long since stopped being true Free Software, and become obnoxious bloatware from hell. P.S. I have used this program since the early days, many many years before it became Vuze, WELL OVER A DECADE NOW. So I am not some clueless noob. The core features still work, and there are a lot of configuation options, maybe the best out there. BUT I AM VERY CLOSE TO WALKING AWAY FROM IT FOREVER. Yes, that is how obnoxious this program has become.
Why would you use anything else?