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Downloading and installing Morpheus took less than five minutes, thanks to wicked-smooth wizards. The first thing you'll notice about version 2.0's interface is the new, colorful Superman-style M logo, which gleams and changes colors while you're searching. Overall, the interface looks great and is well organized. You'll find big buttons for searching and managing media, and despite the lame icons--two of them look like boomerangs or bats, we couldn't tell--they're easy to use. Originally part of version 1.9's $9.95 Premium package, Morpheus Messenger, which lets you hold videoconferences and chat with folks on AOL Instant Messenger, is now free, but its features didn't exactly bowl us over. When you first click the Messenger button on the top right, nothing seems to happen, but no worries; the buttons initiate a download. Once the messenger app is installed, Morpheus launches it immediately.
Slow start on searches
With Morpheus 2.0, you'll notice full-featured searching capabilities--the heart of any file-sharing application. A power meter tells you how many servers you are connected to, while search results show how likely you are to be able to download any given file. You won't find a column for bit rate, but you can easily access that info by clicking an individual file. Morpheus also lets you refine your search for audio, images, video, documents, and software, and it allows you to run multiple queries.
Getting better all the time
Morpheus 2.0 is more than competitive with other Gnutella clients. It gets big props for its clean interface and lack of ad-related interference. Give this music file-sharing app another try.