July 13, 2004
Goodbye Allmusic [UPDATE: And welcome back!]

[UPDATE 20040715: The blog feedback was fierce. AMG already fixed it so there's no longer a stupid warning and the site works in Mozilla now. Thanks god for that. It's still slow as molasses though, and less good than the old site.]

The web's best resource on music - allmusic.com - just took a major step back through a major "upgrade". It's one thing that allmusic decided to start registering users to access some of the content, but the new site only works in IE 5.5. or higher. It seems like a strange time to do IE only websites, now that IE's browser market share is actually dropping. They must not care about the growing base of Mozilla users or Safari users.

Furthermore the quality of the HTML is extremely low (The w3c validator reports over 200 errors on the front page) and the site is slower and dumbed down. Much less information is immediately available and you need to click more now to get the information you want.
This is simply a disaster of a remake, and it's sad because there is no comparable source of information.

Only good thing: Enhanced music previews.

Posted by Claus at July 13, 2004 04:37 PM | TrackBack (1)
Comments (post your own)

This is a disaster! I've used allmusic like a maniac over the last few years and have a lot of links to artist profiles on my weblog. Now none of them work, except in IE!

The search function doesn't work in Firefox. But it doesn't seem work in IE as well?

Are you sure they dumbed down the content as well? Some of the entries I checked out are the same as before.

Posted by: Lars Hvidberg on July 14, 2004 4:37 PM

It seems that there is in fact a "more" page with most of the original content, but it's not a one page fits all thing like it used to be.

Posted by: Dee on July 14, 2004 4:41 PM

No, the other layout seemed a lot simpler and easier to use. I'll give the new site the benefit of a doubt, and maybe try to get them to fix the IE-only crrrap.

Posted by: Lars Hvidberg on July 14, 2004 5:06 PM

I know. It's really sad bout Allmusic.
Maybe they r just on holiday. No probably not.
Someone start a petition to make it back accessible. But there's gotta be similar music-search sites on - not as good though.

Posted by: Franky on July 19, 2004 1:41 AM
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