BitTorrent Inc. reported that it has decided to effectively discontinue its uTorrent client for macOS Catalina launching this fall.
In this way, after 11 years of use, Mac users will no longer be able to download the world’s most popular torrent client on their machines. Instead of using uTorrent Desktop Client, macOS users will have to rely on the web version of the program.
This time, however, it wasn’t some strange and restrictive Apple policy which killed uTorrent for Mac. Instead, it was uTorrent itself who decided to stop developing a 64-bit version of the software, knowing that macOS Catalina would be 64-bit only.
The company’s decision comes at a time when virtually all relevant Linux distributions have also either moved or are moving to 64-bit, ditching 32-bit programs in the process, meaning that uTorrent is focusing on Windows OS.
uTorrent provides streaming and downloading functionality, as well as the option for searching directly from the web client, which redirects to Google.
Considering the fact that both Mac OS and Linux, have only single-digit market share on the desktop, the focus of uTorrent who is a proprietary adware client for the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, does not surprise anyone.
At the same time, the operating systems which do not run Windows and want to keep doing torrenting on their local machines, can choose from other clients, including the cross-platform, free and open-source Transmission.
Regarding the ones moving to the web, BitTorrent Inc. is working to bring the web client’s performance up to the desktop standards.