Back in August, we announced that we needed to automatically update BitTorrent Classic for Mac users to BitTorrent Web for Mac. This was necessary to ensure that our free torrent software continued to work seamlessly with Mac OS Catalina v10.15 and above.
On January 24th, a new update will be required for BitTorrent Web for Mac users running Mac OS Catalina. The update is to ensure that our Web products are in line with Apple’s software requirements.
Note that the changes we made in the new version are performance related, so there are no new features or visible changes to the Mac torrent client you know and enjoy today.
In the meantime, our team is hard at work to integrate our recently announced feature, BitTorrent Speed, into our web products. The feature will extend the traditional experience of BitTorrent Web for Mac by helping drive faster download speeds and providing BTT token rewards.
We are excited to announce DLive, the popular blockchain-based live streaming platform, is joining the BitTorrent ecosystem. Our teams will be working together to bring blockchain-based peer-to-peer content sharing, including live streaming, to the BitTorrent community and beyond.
DLive boasts a friendly community of content creators and viewers and a revolutionary rewards system. Broadcasters and viewers may earn token rewards without sharing any of their earnings with the platform, enabling creators to enjoy contributions from their community. This is in stark contrast to traditional, centralized entities which take as much as 50% of the creator’s revenue.
DLive will use our new BitTorrent File-Sharing System (BTFS), a distributed file sharing and storage system. This endeavor will not only extend even more benefits to the community yet also drive DLive closer to decentralization.
While DLive will continue to support the Lino blockchain until the transition to the TRON blockchain is complete, BitTorrent’s token (BTT) will eventually become the unit of value in the new ecosystem. Stay tuned as DLive expects to offer various benefits and rewards to existing users when the time comes to transition from Lino to BTT.
We are excited about our upcoming release of BitTorrent Web for Mac and have an important announcement about an automatic update coming in early September.
BitTorrent Classic for Mac, the software you are currently running, is a 32-bit app. Apple is soon releasing a new Mac OS, Catalina (version 10.15), which is not compatible with 32-bit apps. Therefore, in early September, we will automatically update BitTorrent Classic for Mac to our newest torrent downloader and player, BitTorrent Web for Mac. This is necessary to ensure that our torrent downloading software continues to work seamlessly with Catalina when millions of users update to the new version.
If you don’t have plans to update your Mac OS to Catalina and wish to continue using BitTorrent Classic for Mac, you will be able to download the old version from our Web site after the automatic update occurs. However, please note that if you update your Mac OS to Catalina (version 10.15) sometime in the future, BitTorrent Classic for Mac will no longer work.
What will happen when I’m updated to BitTorrent Web for Mac?
Once inside the latest version of our new torrent software, you will notice a simplified interface and the ability to download and play torrent files and magnet links, all within your browser window. You’ll be able to download any file type to store locally in the folder of your choice, set download and upload speed limits to free up network resources for other internet tasks, and play torrent files while they download without needing to search folders or look for other media player apps.
Why is my BitTorrent client automatically upgrading?
Apple will no longer support 32-bit applications, including BitTorrent Classic for Mac, in the next operating system called Catalina (version 10.15). We created a completely new torrent downloader and player, BitTorrent Web for Mac, that will work on Mac OS Catalina.
When will my BitTorrent client update?
We will start updating users in early September. If you are using BitTorrent Classic for Mac version 1.87 or earlier version, you will automatically get upgraded to BitTorrent Web for Mac.
What is the difference between BitTorrent Classic for Mac and BitTorrent Web for Mac?
They work the same in that they are light, fast, and enable downloading of torrent files and magnet links. With BitTorrent Web for Mac, the torrent client lives in your browser as opposed to your desktop and you’ll notice a simplified interface that allows you to stream videos while you download files, without needing to wait for your downloads to complete. You will also be able to watch licensed videos for free.
What if I don’t want BitTorrent Web for Mac?
We will make BitTorrent Classic for Mac (version 1.8.7) available for download on our website. However, please note that if you update your Mac OS to Catalina (version 10.15) sometime in the future, BitTorrent Classic for Mac will no longer work.
We are pleased to announce a new version of BitTorrent for Mac, coming in early September. Available for MacOS Catalina, BitTorrent Web for Mac is designed to create an easier, more simplified torrent experience. Translated in over a dozen languages, the new version will help you download and play both torrent files and magnet links, all within your browser window. You’ll be able to download any file type to store locally in the folder of your choice, set download and upload speed limits to free up network resources for other internet tasks, and play torrent files while they download without needing to search folders or look for other media player apps.
Plans to integrate BitTorrent Speed, the highly anticipated feature just introduced for BitTorrent Classic for Windows, is also in the works. The feature will reward users with BitTorrent (BTT) token in exchange for seeding and bandwidth, enabling faster downloads, and will be launched at a later date.
The current version of BitTorrent for Mac, which supports MacOS Mojave 10.14 and below, will continue to be available for those using older operating systems. To the Mac users who have expressed interest in a new version for MacOS Catalina, rest assured that it’s coming soon. We thank our community for making BitTorrent the most popular torrent client for Mac and we look forward to the launch announcement!
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