FireAnt: iTunes and Azureus/uTorrent KILLER

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rev2.org Daily Rundown #2: 26th January 2005

fireant.gif Originally I planned to mention this in today’s rundown but I love it so much that I couldn’t help talking about it.

So, two things happened today:

  1. I quit using iTunes as a podcatching app forever. I’ll only listen to music on it.
  2. I quit using Azuerus/uTorrent (although I won’t say forever, I’m not really sure).

Why? Well, the logo above speaks for itself: FireAnt. First of all, it’s awesome. Second of all, it’s awesome. Originally it’s meant to be a videocatching device (for video blogs) but it’s capable of:

  • Being an RSS aggregator.
  • Being a BitTorrent client/catcher (for RSS feeds).
  • Being a podcatcher.
  • Being a media player (it plays everything from Quicktime to Windows Media).

Now that’s convergence on steroids. That’s what I’ve been looking for…for ages. Instead of running four different apps doing these little but essential things in my life, sucking up memory bit by bit, this is one app that will do all these four little things saving you much more screen/memory space. And that’s FireAnt.

Plus points, of why I use FireAnt over iTunes for podcatching:

  • I don’t have an iPod but an alternative MP3 Player which the iTunes very selfishly doesn’t sync to. Well, FireAnt does (to any MP3 player in existense that uses USB).
  • Again, very selfishly (selfishingly?), iTunes, doesn’t support other pod formats, like .WMV and .WMA. Only .MP3, .MP4, .MOV and the iTunes format, whatever it is, as far as I’m aware. I need WM formats, since I want to save bandwidth (there’s a cap here in NZ), especially very more so in video formats. Well, guess what. No, no, you guess. FireAnt does support this.
  • I’m familiar with the interface (FeedDemon-like) and I like customisation. iTunes is really limited in that.

All in all, it’s a great app and if you’re switching, let me know how it goes.

Now, if only FireAnt did a little bit of Gaim


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