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post #1 of 26
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I've just got my first Apple laptop!

Can someone recommend some Apple P2P software?
I've heard of Limewire a few times.
Is this any good?

Are there Apple Bitorent programs?

(I've done a search for Apple P2P on Yahoo... but I don't get any useful results.)

Thanks.


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post #2 of 26
I use Transmission.
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post #3 of 26
Azureus is the best by far for Bittorrent. Transmission is way too limited:

http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

Transmission also gets banned from certain sites.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Marvin

Azureus is the best by far for Bittorrent. Transmission is way too limited:

http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

Transmission also gets banned from certain sites.

I know about that, that's why I have Azureus too, as a back up
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post #5 of 26
I love Acquisition, but Watanabi's programs are too damn expensive.
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post #6 of 26
Haven't used it, but the Opera browser has bittorrent built in, I think.

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post #7 of 26
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thanks for all the replies.
i like sourceforge... so i think i'll go for Azureus.

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sorry will do in future.
post #8 of 26
Transmission has a nice interface, it's a real OS X app, plus it's free.
Azureus was more hassle, felt slow and clunky due to the UI being Java. It was okay on Windows, but no longer.

I have tolerated Acquisition nagging, but I just got off my ass and am going to try replacing it with Poisoned now.

I like free software. Not free as in speech (though that is nice too), but free as in beer. Why the latter matters to me is not because I'm cheap - I'd like to think I am not. But software that does not cost money will not bug you demanding serial numbers and licenses and keys and dongles. It will not require you to keep a fragile optical disk in your drive while using it. To make a backup of it you can just copy it, it will not require a bit-by-bit copy of the surface of its disk to work. What's more, most of the time you don't even want to keep backups because you can just download it again from the web.

Though most software that costs something fails at one or more of these points, OS X succeeds. It's the kind of software I'm glad to pay for.
post #9 of 26
I just downloaded Poisoned and Transmission. Both are very nice, specially Poisoned. Thanks to everyone!
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post #10 of 26
OK, I'd like to take that back. Poisoned sucks! I used to use Acqlite previously, but it just gets stuck on 'Connecting...' nowadays. Can anyone help me troubleshoot this problem? Acqlite is the best P2P program on the Macintosh IMHO.
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post #11 of 26
Has poisoned been updated since 2003? Poisoned and XFactor both showed promise years ago...but then development died on both of them simultaneously, due to some sort of developer quarrel. Unfortunate. XFactor sold out and poisoned...just doesn't work anymore. Acqulite/acquisition are the only real ones that work, which thusly limits us to Gnutella, and closes us off from Area/FastTtrack/Kazaa/eDonkey/Soulseek/etc. Why can't someone just make an application for them all. I wish iSwipe actually worked.
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post #12 of 26
Yeah, it seems that no one is really interested in making P2P software for the Mac platform.
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post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Marvin

Azureus is the best by far for Bittorrent. Transmission is way too limited:

http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

Transmission also gets banned from certain sites.

I second this one. I use Azureus also :] Great program.
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post #14 of 26
Limewire Pro and Transmission are the best programs out there and can track down virtually anything.
post #15 of 26
I am using Transmission now. Getting speeds of upto 29 KBps on my 32 KBps connection. I love it! Is Azureus almost as good?
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post #16 of 26
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I am using Transmission now. Getting speeds of upto 29 KBps on my 32 KBps connection. I love it! Is Azureus almost as good?

...No
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post #17 of 26
No?! But so many people are recommending it...
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post #18 of 26
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No?! But so many people are recommending it...

What he meant to say was 'No... Azureus is better than Transmission'.

A lot of people put Azureus down because it's not a true Mac app with a Macified interface but it's still the best Bittorrent client out there in terms of features and acceptance.

Download speeds are fine too - I often get 200kBps+ but it depends on the seeders more than the program.

Since Transmission is lightweight, it supposedly uses less resources but you can't set the upload speeds of individual torrents or choose just one file in a big torrent to download. So say someone has uploaded a whole TV series and you want episode 27. With Transmission, you have to download the whole series.
post #19 of 26
I use "Acqlite" (prolly Acquisition Lite): download Acqlite.
post #20 of 26
Nicotine (runs off the soul seek servers), and Azureus is all I ever need.
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post #21 of 26
I use aMule. Works okay. Not great... but not bad either. Usually I have to find files with lots of servers, and even then I have to wait overnight, or sometimes several nights, for the download to complete.
post #22 of 26
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kewl... i was wondering if there was an equivalent of emule.
post #23 of 26
Transmission. Fuck Azureus, unless you need it. And if so, be prepared for everything else to slow to a crawl.

Xfactor gone. Acqlite's dying. I'm currently using Cabos but about the only thing I can say to recommend it is that it mostly works. Looking for around for an alternative, I'd been starting to get the impression they were all shit. Which, I gather from the above, is pretty much the case. I only read the thread in the hope someone would have a better suggestion. But I guess not.
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post #24 of 26
Acquisition get's my vote. tried Poisoned for a while but it stopped responding a couple of months ago, at which point i got acquisition and never looked back.
seems like they are developing a bittorrent client too - http://www.xtorrentp2p.com/ - but that's currently in beta...
post #25 of 26
i use solarseek to connect to soulseek. it does the job.

oops, this was pointless, very old thread. i wasnt thinking.
post #26 of 26
I've never had any problems with Acquisition
http://www.acquisitionp2p.com/

If you don't register, a "popup" reminding to register happens every so often. Other than that, nothing annoying - it is even integrated with iTunes, and puts downloaded songs into a playlist if desired.
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