Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: No BitTorrent apps

File under 'not surprising' but still 'disappointing':

It looks like one type of application you won't be seeing in the new Windows Phone7 Marketplace (besides adult themed ones) are ones that use the BitTorrent protocol.

In a back and forth I had with Blue Planet Apps, they revealed that they won't be bringing over their Android 'DTor' BitTorrent client to Windows Phone 7. Evidently, Blue Planet Apps had already spoken with Microsoft on the issue:

...[Microsoft] says that torrents represent an unknown legal issue which would violate their policy...

Legal or not, it sounds like Microsoft just does not want to touch the controversial file-sharing system with a 10-foot pole and would rather just avoid the whole issue (and thus maintaining their relationships with their software partners, natch). Here is a case-difference between WP7 and Android as theGoogle's market place does allow 'DTor' to be sold, no questions.

Some good news? Blue Planet Apps does plan to port over RoboPrint and BioLock to Windows Phone 7 (mentioned on Twitter here and here).

Update: BluePlanet clarifies in comments that Microsoft is not 100% against a BitTorrent app, but rather this is all new for them so they're taking it step by step on these grey area programs.

Fun factoid: Windows Mobile was the first mobile OS to have a BitTorrent client, Adisasta's WMTorrent, which is still available and is quite a nice program.


Reader comments

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: No BitTorrent apps


Not surprising and don't really care. I tether my phone now and my battery goes so fast. Torrenting would destroy a phones battery life!

WMTorrent has been around for *years* on Windows Mobile and sells quite well.

It's a great app and it really doesn't use a lot of battery life if your just downloading an album, some .pdfs or a short video--I used it extensively on my Treo 700wx.

I only use torrents to DL raider games (2+GB)on my PC...never used it on my Touchpro 1 or 2, but if you could torrent on the phone, who would buy the zune pass just to stream??

I could not care less. I have absolutely zero reason to use torrents on my phone. I rarely use them at home, if for some reason I need to download something immediately I'll just pull up logmein.com and remote in to my home machine.

I wouldn't want to torrent files to my phone BUT, if there's a torrent front end that lets me connect to my torrent cliant on my desktop to have that download things to my PC when I'm not around then that would be all I'd actually need.

If a direct client isn't possible, something like this could be? I suppose it's worth a try, though I guess you could always just access utorrent from the browser? Though I never tried that either.

Verizon might be passing, Apple-like App restrictions, LG is leaning more heavily on Android, ...it just gets dimmer every day.

This would've mattered more a year or so ago, before I used paid services like Netflix and RedBox and streaming music services. About the only thing I torrent recently are foreign shows and the occasional anime.

I'm pretty disappointed by this. The $99 developer fee sounds like it might be worth it so we can sideload apps like this. I'm just hoping developers will still build applications knowing they won't make it to the official marketplace.

Just to add to this topic... We are still talking to MS about the possibility of porting some kind of torrent application, and we did in fact us WMTorrent as an example. The response was that Microsoft never had an "App Store" where they were "responsible" for the content, as a result, they will be much more careful about what can go onto the phone and what cannot. In fact, an app cannot even get into the market without them looking over the code and giving it the OK. Not something we generally worry about in Android country. MS is like halfway between Google and Apple on this... not totally closed, but hardly open.

I think this makes sense though, we all know how torrent trackers and search sites are getting hit left and right by the RIAA and MPAA and MS needs those two for it's Zune related plans. It's a tricky highwire act on MS's part when it comes to something like this I think.

Hope it's allowed though, if MS doesn't get any legal flack out of such apps on their marketplace that is.

I hope that they begin to relax restrictions as they become more succesful.

I'd like to have an adult version of 'Truth or Dare' on my phone. Give me an option to be able to look at adult stuff, make me jump through hoops, such as requre a credit card to purchase or something, but dont ban it outright.

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