review - A newcomer among music download websites

Mulve is a new place to download music from. Once you download the light (1.8 MB) Mulve application, you can easily find a song and download it free of charge.

Download speeds are very impressive and it will usually max out your home internet connection: individual songs will be dowloaded in as little as 4 seconds (a 5MB file on a 10Mbit line will finish in under 5 seconds in most cases).

Mulve allows one to download music directly and without risks, from a selection of over 10 millions mp3s, using a simple but efficient music search engine. 

Mulve's user interface
Mulve's user interface

The Mulve music download software

The program's interface looks pretty basic, but mulve is nevertheless efficient. Searches for just about any song brings up a wealth of results and in many cases lead to high quality MP3s, right up to 320kbs.

There’s hardly any time to max out your connection with a download since transfers are over so quickly. It doesn’t really get much better than that.

It is only a small .exe program that does not need to be installed or configured. There is no registration. It does not seem to contain viruses, trojan or malware of any sort*. It quite simply connects to a cloud of servers hosting music files.

(*The results of 43 virus scanners show that only two feel that the file may be suspicious, which seems to suggest a false positive on their behalf.)

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It does not use peer-to-peer networks, does not force users to exchange their IP adresses or share their music files, nor does it use FTP servers.

Mulve is not a shared-folder type application like LimeWire and it isn’t based around BitTorrent. It isn’t a Google-search type application pulling MP3s off open directories on websites either. In fact, there is absolutely no sharing at all and files seem to come straight from servers designed for the job.

This means that users downloading music with Mulve cannot be tracked by anti-P2P companies since they are doing no uploading.

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Given time, Mulve might become a threat to the music industry. In that respect, is Mulve the next Napster? Let’s see what it turns into in the future – if it has one.

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