Azureus vs Transmission vs Acquisition

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  1. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a

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    what is better and why?
    i currently use acquisition and like it. I acutally paid to support it. But now the new update for leopard sucks ass. thats why i am currently using the older and better version of acq.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Azureus for DHT support and plugins. Transmission for everything else.
     
  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    I have trouble with the concept of paying for a P2P or Torrent app. I mean really? They really want money from me? For this?

    I have no qualms with paying for Coda (great app, especially the new Leopard friendly version), or XSlimmer, or iWork, or any number of other things. But a p2p client? It just strikes me as silly.
     
  4. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Think of the time they take to build and maintain that software. And all to save us money. I think a mere $13 is well worth it. Show a little gratitude.


    Anyways, I am not sure what "DHT" is or does. If getting music, I just search acquisition. If something bigger, i get a bittorrent file, and use acq. to dl it.
     
  5. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    For P2P I use Frostwire or Ares Galaxy through Parallels. I wish Ares was developed for OS X, and not that crap that's built into Poisoned, I mean a good stand alone Ares client. For BitTorrent I use Azureus and it works great. I started out using the BitTorrent client but it was painfully slow, so I moved to Transmission but the torrent sites don't play nicely with it so I switched to Azureus.
     
  6. wightstraker macrumors regular

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    Azureus. It provides detailed information (seeders, peers, swarm map, pieces...it goes on) that makes troubleshooting a bad connection much easier. I've tried transmission, but it was too feature starved for me.
     
  7. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    I find that azureus is great for all the plugins that it offers (kind of like the firefox in the torrent client game)...
    transmission I like for its simplicity and speed actually (I find it is like the safari of torrent clients)

    I use both but like transmission better...
     
  8. soms macrumors 6502

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    I like Azureus a lot. I've used it on my PC as well as my MBP and it works great on both. Fast speeds and its easy to setup. I've tried Transmission and for some reason I could only get about 1/4-1/2 the speeds I was getting in Azureus, even with the same seeds/peers.
     
  9. jhande macrumors 6502

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    I mainly use Transmission. I like the 'fire and forget' approach -- I don't interact with the program as much as I did with Azureus. I agree that for some reason Azureus seems to have a faster download rate, but since I usually set torrents to download overnight, it hasn't had any impact.

    Having said that, there's a bit of a problem with the latest build (0.96 build 4122 - search for other thread) in that it takes a while for the program to shut down.
     
  10. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    in my case transmission downloads quite a lot faster than azureus.
    maybe it depends on what kind of torrents you are downloading (maybe even the tracker...I have heard that transmission is banned on quite a few trackers...but I might be wrong).
     
  11. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    So, let's carry this thought out a bit. They are making this to save us money, so that implies that what you are getting with Acquisition can be acquired via it for less than what it would cost you if you were to actually buy it from teh maker. So, for sake of argument, lets say it is.... Leopard. And that costs $129 from Apple. Now, let's say that Acquisition lets you get it for... free.

    So, you really, really really, really REALLY? expect me to want to pony up cash for an application that for the sake of this argument lets me steal software.

    Or, I can use any number of alternatives to acquire the same software, at the same cost as the acquisition cost.

    You make it out like Acquisition is some sort of software outlet store, where you can buy software at low low budget prices. But you and I both know the truth. So I think i will stick to paying for the software, music, movies, etc that I really want, and not paying for software that would allow me to get them more nefariously.
     
  12. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Transmission is definitely slower. Much slower and sometimes simply wont work. But I still always try to use it in hopes that it will, the interface is just a lot simpler than Azureus and I like the dock icon that shows download speeds. But in the end I almost always end up on Azureus simply because Transmission is too stupid to download anything right and ends up getting banned everywhere.

    Almost all mac BT clients are banned on almost all trackers. Its sad and just pathetic how stupid these developers are, I really cant understand the logic behind using a method that is banned by 90% of the community and refusing to use a more accepted method of downloading that windows BT clients use. Azureus is the only BT client on the mac that I know of that works as good as PC clients and isnt banned by trackers.

    Its too bad that transmission isnt compatible with trackers and its too bad that Azureus has a buggy interface that doesnt work that great with OSX. Theres no perfect BT client on the mac, but if I were to choose I guess I would choose Azureus.
     
  13. Tymmz macrumors 65816

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    I like Transmission's simplicity and it's really fast.

    Acquisition is nice for the little bits, but couldn't get myself to buy it yet.

    Plus aMule (if there is an alternative, please let me know, I absolutely dislike aMule) for the rare stuff.
     
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    Azureus is good for hard core torrent users. I like it a lot.

    ditto...i've used this also, sort of prefer it in some cases.

    I would recommend it, but when there is a software upgrade, you're purchase is for crap. You have to buy it again.

    I actually think it's pretty arrogant actually for a dinky software maker like that dude to think he can do that when there are other free options out there. I'm done with that program, and regret ever dropping money on it.
     
  16. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    wow youre able to use amule? I tried to use it before and it was horrendously bad, it could never find any sources for anything that I had already started, once I quitted the program it was impossible to resume since files with 3000 sources ended up with 0-3 sources. I would also like to know if there is another program that uses the emule network because amule is one of the worst programs I have ever used in my whole life.
     
  17. RoninXI macrumors regular

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    Azureus vs Transmission vs Acquisition

    Azureus is a resource hog and I can't stand the new interface but the plugins are great so that is a tough call. For me No for someone else, it is a possibility.

    Transmission, Acquisition, Xtorrent.
    If you are on a site with a tracker for your stats DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE not under any circumstances with tracking will not update correctly. They use the same library(base program called libTransmission) In the case of Transmission and Acquisition, Both are even worse, they can actually mess with the stats so badly that you can go from a positive ratio to a ratio with a negative in the hundreds of thousands in an instant(no I am not joking or exaggerating on this) It has to do with a single corrupt update so it is not something that will happen slowly. It is the false updating that gives the 3 a speed boost. Supposedly Xtorrent has a modified version of libTransmission that updates correctly and will not corrupt your stats but in my experience with helping others it went from corrupting to losing massive stats. When it fails to update it drops the stats and starts counting from 0 again if it fails often it adds up, trackers have been known to go down or be off and on for an entire day so every stat could be lost. I keep a 5:1 minimum so no biggie for me but i cannot recommend nor will I use these programs.

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    I personally had issues with the programmer for acquisition/Xtorrent when he finally got around to helping with my Xtorrent problem he came across as an @$$. And he admitted it was a flaw in the program but still treated me like i was wasting his time. I of course did not buy it when he started charging because of this.
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    I use BitRocket overall speed is comparable with with the rest. If i am pushed in a corner and need to download a partial file instead of the whole thing I will use Azureus (has yet to happen.)

    I have used all 3. Of the 3 I have to say Azureus is safest if you are on a tracked site. Transmission if you are not. I still recommend BitRocket over all 3.
     
  18. JangoFett124 macrumors regular

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    A year-old version of Transmission did this. The current has no issues at all with stat-reporting to trackers.
     
  19. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK. myabe you should do your research before trying to make a point. Acquisition is SHAREWARE. You dont NEED to pay to use it, but you can help to support it. It also removes any ads on it, and annoyng messages. Also, you dont NEED to pay to download anything. You can decide to pay a ONE TIME donation of I think it was $13 to support the creator for all his time and effort he has spent developing this software. God, how frugal are you that you cant spend $13, after lets use your example, you just downloaded leopard and saved $129 (I bought my leopard legit though).
     
  20. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried using azureus, and hated it, i couldnt even figure out how to search anything!
     
  21. JangoFett124 macrumors regular

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    Acquisition and XTorrent limit your speeds, blocks every other search result from being clickable (meaning if you find what you want to download, it might not let you download it), and places an obnoxious warning in the main window unless you pay. Last I checked it's $26 plus $10 if you want to upgrade in the future plus $10 to use on multiple computers (in the same household even)...it's not a one time donation, but a $46 price to get full functionality. And this is for each of the two apps. You should do your research. ;)
     
  22. SavageMac macrumors member

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    Um, Azureus isn't used for "searching for files" really.

    You go to TORRENT websites & download the very small torrent file...Load it up in Azerus...then AZ downloads the stuff you want.....
     
  23. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i hate the layout of azureus. But if it has a faster download speed it might be worth it. i tried to use a "hash" code or whatever, and download, but it would only download at 350 B..not KB, per second. Not impressed so far....

    About acquisition, the guy must have raised the price, I paid about 2 years ago. The new version for Leopard wont let me use my registration code, but thats OK, because I downgraded back to the older version because its more stable. So I paid $13 for over 2 years of registration.
     
  24. isleofjib macrumors regular

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    but why on earth pay for something when not just one, but several other programs do the same thing for free?
     
  25. marclapierre13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I dont HAVE TO. But I chose to, as a thank you. Like I said, $13 in exchange for all the music and stuff. Great to sample and back stuff up(;))
     

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