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There are more BitTorrent clients than we could possibly compare, but some of the most popular — and best — have been under the spotlight lately for sleazy ads and bad behaviour. It's time to check in on a few of our favourites to see how they fare, which deserves your downloads and which ones you can trust.

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Newer versions of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent feature sponsored torrents and a small ad unit on the bottom of the left-hand sidebar. If you'd prefer a less cluttered interface, you can easily disable these ads via the Preferences menu.

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Mac OS X: uTorrent has long been our favourite BitTorrent client on Windows, but its Mac version was severely lacking in features. Today, it's finally out of beta, and much closer to feature parity with its Windows cousin, adding support for RSS feeds, scheduling and a new remote interface optimised for tablets.

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The latest alpha version of uTorrent for Windows (sorry Mac users) has a great new feature: you can drag and drop media downloads onto your Android, iPhone, Xbox 360 or PS3. Currently it won't convert the files to a playable format, but that's expected alongside the upcoming premium release of uTorrent Pro.

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BitTorrent etiquette dictates that once you've downloaded files, you also seed them to help others' downloads go quickly. If you need to move or rename your download, everything's thrown off. Lifehacker reader Jake Champion explains how to seed after moving or renaming files.

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With the promise of controlling your torrents from any browser, the exciting uTorrent Web project (also known as "Falcon") has upped the ante even more by customising its web interface for iPhones, with strong encryption generated from random finger sliding around the screen and a pretty slick interface for adding, stopping and starting your torrent downloads at home. The iPhone interface seems to load through the Android browser just fine, too.

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned uTorrent's new, native Mac client moving to beta, sporting a new UI and all torrent-downloading features you could want from something lightweight. The project is still in beta, but officially got the 1.0 label this weekend, so it looks like we're getting closer and closer to an official release.