AlltheWeb MP3

From 2001 to 2003, AlltheWeb offered an MP3 search, the FAST MP3 Search. FAST MP3 Search was based on the technology of the file search engine FAST FTP Search and collected and organized multimedia content. FAST MP3 Search could also be purchased from other providers for integration into their search solutions. The integration took place as downloads or directory search. Searches could be made by band name or song title. The MP3's could then be downloaded with one click.

In 2001, FAST's MP3 catalogue contained over 1.5 million audio files stored on FTP and HTTP servers. The ranking was based on availability, with the most readily available audio files being considered the most relevant. The MP3 rankings were updated every 20 minutes. The MP3 search catalog is updated hourly. Thus, the FAST MP3 catalogue was one of the most up-to-date of its time. In addition, copyright filters provided a legal MP3 search service.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2001
Closed 2003, renamed in "Audio Search"

Developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST)

Country of Origin Norway

2001 - 2003 Fast Search & Transfer (FAST)

Topic Music, Sound & Video Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search
MP3 file search

Used SeEn Alltheweb (FAST) MP3 search / Audio search

Robot: FAST-WebCrawler/3.x Multimedia (Source)

Robot: Yahoo-MMCrawler/3.x (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»FAST MP3 Search is designed to help portals aggregate and organize multimedia content. Based on the same core technology that powers the World's Biggest File Search Engine, FAST FTP Search...

Simple Search Interface. Users simply search for MP3's by band name or song title. Once identified, MP3's are obtained through one-click download.
Catalog Coverage. FAST's MP3 catalog contains over 1.5 million audio files found on FTP and HTTP servers.
Catalog Relevancy. FAST's MP3 catalog employs FAST's proprietary server ranking algorithms ensuring that the most readily available audio files are the most relevant. The MP3 rankings are updated every 20 minutes.
Catalog Freshness. The MP3 Search catalog is completely rebuilt every hour. This feature coupled with relevancy updates every 20 minutes makes the FAST MP3 catalog the freshest on the Internet.
Copyright Filter. FAST screens the MP3 Search catalog against filters provided by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to minimize the amount of bootlegged content in the search engine. FAST is taking measures in conjunction with RIAA to provide a legal MP3 search service.
Customization. The FAST MP3 Catalog is accessed via FAST's proprietary query API and XML results DTD. This allows customers to create a look and feel for their MP3 Search that best suits their users.« Source


»AlltheWeb took its name from the original mission of its creator, FAST Search and Transfer of Norway -- to provide the most comprehensive index of the world wide web.« Source

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See also Alltheweb Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

FAST Mp3 Search URL:

Created: 2019-11-03