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They annoy me, and also confuse me.

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Those are three programs which I know of that use this stupid technique of:

Download a client
Launch client, which subsequently downloads the programs
Install program

How about we just cut out the middle man and download the damn program without a client?
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I agree with you. Only reason I can think of is that if its a big download, the client supports pausing so you don't lose your download halfway. Then again, with today's connections, is that really an issue?
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Some of them are p2p (wow for instance), so it needs a separate program.
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Those mentioned can distribute their client file across thousands of websites without having to worry about giving updated versions to each site every month or however often.

By every one of those thousands of sites having the same client, anyone who wants to download it can get it from anywhere and still get the latest software directly from the developer using the client downloader without headaches.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post
Those mentioned can distribute their client file across thousands of websites without having to worry about giving updated versions to each site every month or however often.

By every one of those thousands of sites having the same client, anyone who wants to download it can get it from anywhere and still get the latest software directly from the developer using the client downloader without headaches.

This makes sense, except for the fact that the clients I mentioned above are all on their respective designers websites. So I guess for some programs it makes sense but when you are talking about others, it makes no sense at all.
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This makes sense, except for the fact that the clients I mentioned above are all on their respective designers websites. So I guess for some programs it makes sense but when you are talking about others, it makes no sense at all.
...but 3rd parties can distribute the clients as well.
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