Mulve Web Site Crashes on Volume

The growing popularity of free music Web site Mulve has crashed its servers.
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NEW YORK (

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The new free music downloading program server simply could not handle the amount of visitors and downloads being done at once. The site is currently down with a note which states the site is in the process of an upgrade and expects to be back up and running within a few hours.

The new Windows-based software has taken the Internet by storm. The application is seemingly virus free and allows users to anonymously download free music files, which makes it extremely attractive to those who don't want to pay for their music through legal applications such as

Apple's

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iTunes.

Apple launched its music and media downloading system in 2001 in hopes to promote safe and legal alternatives to illegal downloading software.

Along with positive publicity, Mulve has quickly gained the disapproval of those fighting music piracy. It's different from other music downloading applications in that it doesn't run on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology and it doesn't use a P2P file sharing method.

"Without giving too much away, I can tell you that we are obviously not a P2P client and in fact we don't search open FTPs," a Mulve representative told

FileShareFreak

. "Instead we directly connect to a few other servers overseas which store the music. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal which these are."

The program was first made available in May 2010 from the website mulve.com. The program boasts an estimated 10 million pages of files that are mostly in MP3 format. These files have download speeds of around 320 kbps.

The software doesn't have to be installed, instead unpacked, and it runs directly from the 1.9mb .exe file. There is no uploading involved in the music downloading process, which eliminates the chance of getting caught for music piracy.

In attempts to put a stop to music piracy, there are companies that track down music sharing sites and prosecute them. These trackers won't pick up Mulve users because there is no "sharing" involved in the download process, allowing them to remain anonymous.

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