‘Preview’ & ‘Play As You Download’ Now Available
MIAMI, FL (AUGUST 12, 2015) – FrostWire, a BitTorrent Client & YouTube Downloader that makes it easier to search, download, play and share content from the BitTorrent network & cloud sources, all in one place, announced today its new ‘preview’ and ‘play as you download’ capabilities for Android phones and tablets. The new preview feature not just enables users with a more convenient way to find and discover content, it makes downloading optional in some cases.
Preview Before Download
Available today only for FrostWire Plus* (v1.6.1+), the ‘Preview before download’ feature allows users to stream YouTube and SoundCloud content directly from search results. This convenient (and free) feature lets users determine if they want to download the file for offline access, move on to another search result or simply play it without keeping a copy on the device.
Play As You Download
Because of how file pieces are shared on the BitTorrent network it’s not possible to offer instant previews the same way it can be done for cloud sources.
However, with the new ‘Play as you download’ feature available through both FrostWire Plus and FrostWire Basic**, users can listen to music or watch videos as they are being downloaded.
With nearly 3 million active Android installs, FrostWire is excited to provide their users an experience every media lover will appreciate. This new update will allow Android users to make better choices when selecting files to download from the hundreds of often closely named search results, saving them both time and bandwidth and getting them exactly the files they want.
What Is FrostWire?
FrostWire is the only BitTorrent Client and YouTube Downloader for both desktop and Android, featuring built in torrent & cloud search, preview functionality and integrated media player. For artists looking to share their content and consumers looking to access new content, FrostWire’s software is an easy-to-use gateway to the world of torrents, file-sharing and peer-to-peer content distribution.
Featuring a BitTorrent client, YouTube and SoundCloud downloader & Music Player, FrostWire is available as a desktop client or an Android application.
The fully featured FrostWire Plus app, is available for a free download at the official website frostwire.com/android
The FrostWire Basic app available on Google Play is mainly a BitTorrent Client and does not provide YouTube and SoundCloud support due to Google’s Developer Terms of Service.
Thanks to our jlibtorrent library, a multitude of crash reports sent by you and a lot of personal feedback loops, our developer team has managed to produce the most stable FrostWire for Android release so far.
We’ll always have crashes, but our quality has improved dramatically with the jlibtorrent library. As you can see the graphic below, during these last weeks even though we have more users using the app daily the number of crashes reported has been kept to a minimum and every day we fix the new crashes that come in.
number of daily crash reports since August 2014
We’ve finally done what you’ve been always asking for, “Play before download” (FrostWire Plus only) and “Play while you download” (available on basic too)
Play before download, a.k.a. “Preview”
Starting on FrostWire Plus 1.6.0 for Android (the one available only on our website, also 100% free), YouTube and SoundCloud search results can be streamed for preview, this way you can know ahead of time if this is the file you need for offline access, or if you just want to play it, you can do so.
Play while you download
But what about .torrent downloads? Given the distributed nature of the file pieces on the Bittorrent network, TODAY it’s harder to give you the same experience we can give you when streaming from a cloud source, we could do preview, but you’d be frustrated how long you’d have to wait in most cases.
Therefore, you can start any media Bittorrent download, and while you’re on the transfer screen you can wait for a Play button to appear. Once this button appears you can start playing the file before it finishes the download.
But I have FrostWire Basic only! I want previews too
Then just get FrostWire Plus on our website right now! it’s absolutely free.
FrostWire 1.6.0 - AUGUST/03/2015 - Streaming Previews on search results before download. (FrostWire Plus only) - Play .torrent media files while downloading. - Upgrade bittorrent engine to jlibtorrent 1.0 - Updated SoundCloud search & download api. - Improved search suggestions. - Improved transition between My Music and Home screens. - Multiple crash fixes in music player.
Lots of fixes under the hood for this release, we’ve also made sure this release was compatible with Windows 10 (but if you have any issues on Windows 10 please let us know).
Substantial changes on the way our bittorrent engine works, which allowed us to simplify seeding settings, and the no more the possibility of file parts staying in your download directory when you didn’t want this.
Users who had issues with external drives to save downloaded files should be glad with this release.
Soundcloud search & download has been restored with Soundcloud’s API updates.
frostwire (6.1.3) stable; urgency=high * libtorrent/jlibtorrent core update. * Archive.org downloads are pausable/resumable. * Soundcloud search & download API update. * Hungarian translation update. * Simplified seeding settings. No more need to treat handpicked/partial downloads differently with jlibtorrent updates. * Fixes crash when setting default save folder to the root of a drive. -- FrostWire Team Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:04:32 -0500
Major FrostWire jlibtorrent pre release.
JLibTorrent is a Java API and a set of Java wrappers around the C++ libtorrent’s library. It’s android compatible and tested on millions of android phones, Windows pcs, Macs and Linux boxes as we’ve used it to develop FrostWire, an open source and free full featured Bittorrent client.
We’d love to see what kind of things you will build by adding the power of BitTorrent and the libtorrent DHT (for decentralized peer rendezvous around specific keys) to your apps and cloud services. Those of you looking to decentralize the internet should not miss this amazing technology.
This tagged release represents the point in time where we’ve adopted libtorrent 1.0.x‘s newer API into the jlibtorrent library.
– Several significant memory management improvements.
– OpenSSL support. This is not only a functional change, but this also means optimization improvements in hashing functions, now using assembler based implementations for each CPU architecture, this means faster execution and energy savings which are essential to frostwire for android and other android based projects using jlibtorrent.
– Session settings are now handled through SettingsPack class.
– BJAM based builds reuse boost and libtorrent build scripts for a more efficient and streamlined one step build for each architecture.
– i386 builds supported out of the box. FrostWire for Android users running on Intel CPUs should no longer suffer unexpected crashes when libhoudini chokes translating the arm code.
– Mavenized project structure We are currently in the process of publishing the jlibtorrent library to maven central.
frostwire (6.1.2) stable; urgency=high * Search performance improvements. New RxJava-based implementation. * Search box suggestions improved. * New Check/uncheck all search engines checkbox. * TorLock search fixed. * Added SSL (https) support for torrent web seeds. * Options window remembers last pane opened. * Fixes painting issues when searching Starred audio files on the library. * frostwire-jlibtorrent library updates. * Library user experience bug fixes. -- FrostWire Team Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:44:00 -0500