Vuze (Azureus)

Super fast and media rich bit-torrent client

Vuze (formerly known as Azureus) is a bit-torrent client which follows a similar format to eMule but its makers claim it can offer significant improvements in terms of hits, download times and navigating available material. View full description

PROS

  • Fast download times
  • Free to use
  • Highly customisable
  • Can be configured to work only with VPNs
  • Returns a huge number of hits

CONS

  • Bloated compared to other P2P apps
  • Tries to install toolbars

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Vuze (formerly known as Azureus) is a bit-torrent client which follows a similar format to eMule but its makers claim it can offer significant improvements in terms of hits, download times and navigating available material.

There's no doubt that Vuze offers some spectacularly fast download times but this comes at a price. Mainly the fact that Vuze is extremely bloated and tries to install two toolbars when you install it. On the upside, because Vuze is an open source project, there is a large community of programmers, designers and users who are continually testing and improving it and there's an excellent FAQ.

You receive comprehensive stats about every file that's downloaded with Vuze (most of which will mean nothing to you though) but most importantly it gives you the all important Estimated Time of Arrival and Share Ratio which tells you how much of a particular file you have uploaded or given back to the community. Apparently, in a perfect world, every file should have a share ratio of two which means for each file you download, two users download it from you.

Possibly the most notable feature of Vuze, however, is the media website that's embedded into the application. It looks like an entertainment website and that's pretty much what it is only the entertainment can be downloaded via Vuze. These include gameshows, user generated content, sports and more.

Vuze has a rather overwhelming interface as a result. It's far more bloated than other P2P clients such as uTorrent and Transmission. It takes some getting used to at first the upside is that it is much more customisable than most Mac P2P apps. For example, if you want to configure Vuze to work only with a VPN, you can do unlike uTorrent and Transmission.

Vuze is generally an excellent P2P application that may be a bit more bloated than most but works well and has plenty to offer.

Changes

  • Vuze -Per-file up/down and eta statistics.Subscription URL editting.System tray changes to support next download ETA and an options menu to control features.Support for using an external browser for search results and RSS feed viewing.Improved download speed.Improved web resource connectivity.
Vuze (Azureus)

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Vuze (Azureus) 5.7.3.0

User reviews about Vuze (Azureus)

  • user136

    by user136

    "Vuze now useless"

    Since the last update it is now useless, it wont find anything. Forced to delete it and find an alternative product. More.

    reviewed on April 8, 2017

  • michael.g.beaudoin

    by michael.g.beaudoin

    "Useless!"

    useless!! - used to work well finding latest episodes of TV series - now won't find anything! USELESS!!!. More.

    reviewed on December 19, 2014

  • humorme01

    by humorme01

    "Bloated but still the only one I use"

    using a PowerMac G5 as my online computer, the newest version isn't exactly PowerPC friendly but still workable when Hac... More.

    reviewed on May 26, 2012

  • "program"

    was very good when I joined for $30 last year but now after loosing it and downloaded it again it simply useless. Tried ... More.

    reviewed on April 30, 2012

  • blueblueblueblue

    by blueblueblueblue

    "Vuze stopped working on my MAC since October 2011"

    Just like my title. VUZE stopped working since October 2011. The icon like jumped twice then vanishes. More.

    reviewed on October 26, 2011

  • Lhakthing

    by Lhakthing

    "Intuitive & good 4 beginners"

    Long I sought Mac P2P; it wasnt happening- 'til I found Vuze's 'BLOATED interface'- a precious community! A genuine oppo... More.

    reviewed on October 3, 2011