Torch Browser Passes 10 Million Monthly Active Users, Adds Download Accelerator, Updates Torch Music Service

Posted: June 19, 2013 in GT
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The world of alternative browsers is littered with also-
rans like Rockmelt, but there are also companies that
have managed to make a name for themselves in the
shadow of Microsoft, Mozilla and Google. One
example of this is Maxthon, but another browser
that’s quietly gaining a following is Torch, which the company tells us just passed 10 million monthly
active users on Mac and Windows after about year on
the market. Torch just launched the latest version of its
Chromium-based browser, which now includes a
download accelerator and a large update to the Torch
Music service, which uses YouTube and Vevo as the
basis of its music catalog. Torch Music now offers
customized recommendations based on your listening history, location and your Facebook friends’ tastes.
Currently, the service has about 5 million songs in its
database. While Torch previously included a version of this
service, it has now integrated this service deeper into
its user interface with the help of a widget that allows
you to search, pause and skip songs. Torch now also features a built-in download
accelerator. While download accelerators were very
popular in the early days of (slow) broadband, today’s
fast and stable connections have mostly pushed
them aside, and the vast majority of Internet users
probably doesn’t even remember them. There are some advantages to using a download accelerator,
however, especially if you are on a slow or unreliable
connection. The browser also features a built-in BitTorrent client
and a media grabber for downloading embedded video
files. It also features a smart drag-and-drop-activated
search and sharing tool that pops up large boxes for
sharing links to services like Facebook, Google+,
Twitter and Pinterest and for initiating searches on Google Search, Wikipedia and other services. Torch Browser only launched on the Mac about a
month ago, so most of its users are currently on
Windows, the company tells us. If you’re currently a
Chrome user and interested in the browser’s features,
switching is about as easy as it gets, as Torch just
imports all your bookmarks. As it’s based on Chromium, all of the usual Chrome extensions and
apps should also work, though Torch seems to be
about a generation behind Google’s own release
cycle.

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