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Old 07-12-04, 05:58 PM
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AllMusicGuide freak anyone else out today?

Apparently AMG got a makeover today. I think the reason it tripped me out is because I'd had the page open for several hours and it was the old layout. When I finally entered a search term, the results were brought up in the new layout. I was utterly confused. I'm not sure what my thoughts are yet as I've just begun to play around with it. Anyone else notice?
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Old 07-12-04, 07:44 PM
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The email I got was that this is a test and you can only access it from a personal email. They said it was going to change on Monday. Maybe not? Just checked it out and it looks better for sure. The only thing I didn't like was that after you click on a band's page you have to click a second page for their albums.

They are making a lot of changes that look better overall.
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Old 07-12-04, 09:50 PM
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"Notice: You are accessing allmusic.com with a browser that is not currently supported. The appearance and functionality of the site could be impacted. allmusic.com is optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above for Windows."

Screw that.

The best change: you can open links in new windows now (most of the links on the old site were done through Javascript so this wasn't possible, at least not easily).

Worst: registration. Thank god for Mailinator.

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Old 07-13-04, 12:37 AM
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Worst site redesign ever.

Won't work with Mozilla? Is getting hammered and won't load? Pishaw - give me basic functionality...
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Old 07-13-04, 01:12 AM
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Actually I haven't had any problems with Mozilla so far. They just claim it might not work. So far everything functions perfectly (at least on Firebird, I'm not using Mozilla proper).
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Old 07-13-04, 01:28 AM
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Originally posted by Dan Average
Actually I haven't had any problems with Mozilla so far. They just claim it might not work. So far everything functions perfectly (at least on Firebird, I'm not using Mozilla proper).
I'm on Firefox and the alignment is messed up, the tracks don't display in the proper columns, it just looks like crap.
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Old 07-13-04, 02:12 AM
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Jesus, on netscape it hurts like no other. screw the new allmusic.com. i don't like it.
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Old 07-13-04, 03:20 AM
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yeah, maybe they blew it. they only released the "beta" two days before the full? seems to me like they've got a ton of tweaking left to do. the new features would be great... if they could manage to get the old ones to work properly!
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Old 07-13-04, 09:43 AM
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It takes more menu's to find stuff now. New site sucks.
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Old 07-13-04, 01:54 PM
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Gotta agree on this. New site layout blows. I use Opera and the alignment is all whack as well. Love AllMusicGuide - hate the new site.
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I'm on Firefox and the alignment is messed up, the tracks don't display in the proper columns, it just looks like crap.
That's weird, it looks all right here.
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Old 07-13-04, 03:47 PM
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any other allmusic addicts like myself getting super frustrated at being unable to ACCESS the site?
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Old 07-13-04, 05:36 PM
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I'm on IE and their site says:


We apologize for the temporary connection delay.
Please click the refresh button on your browser.



Hitting refresh didnt change anything
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Old 07-13-04, 06:51 PM
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Yesterday I was freaked out about it.

But not today.
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Old 07-14-04, 10:32 AM
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I can't get it to do anything. Tried to do a search and nothing happened. I just found this site, why couldn't they leave well enough alone.
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Old 07-15-04, 12:06 AM
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I stumbled upon it for the first time about 5 minutes ago. I like it! I usually just search by band and it's far less cluttered looking with the new tabs. I'm using Mozilla and everything's working fine. Being able to listen to song samples was the only thing I ever thought they were missing, and now it's finally been done.
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Old 07-15-04, 02:13 AM
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It sucks that it takes more effort to get to information now. Used to be the band's discography was listed on the main page. Now you have to click on a separate discography tab, and then if the review is long, they truncate it and you have to click another link to read the whole review. They spent too much effort trying to make it look pretty and reduced the site's usability.
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Old 07-15-04, 04:05 AM
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Works fine for me.

Redesign is a bit boring, IMO, but it's not like I go there to see a design-award winning page.

Not too much different.
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Old 07-15-04, 09:02 AM
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Despite the site looking better, I've decided I really don't like many of the changes. I wanted to read one album review and had to click 3 pages to see the whole thing. But the worse thing is the slow speed. It's not as bad as Guzzlefish, but it's waaay worse than the older format. Bummer.
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Old 07-16-04, 09:53 PM
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Originally posted by scrubneck
It sucks that it takes more effort to get to information now. Used to be the band's discography was listed on the main page. Now you have to click on a separate discography tab, and then if the review is long, they truncate it and you have to click another link to read the whole review. They spent too much effort trying to make it look pretty and reduced the site's usability.
i agree 100% the new site a real clunker.
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Old 07-17-04, 04:07 AM
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someone should start a petition
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Old 07-17-04, 12:59 PM
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everyone who has complaints/suggestions (including myself) can and should send them e-mails. they have a FAQ on the site mentioning that they are still trying their hardest to work on and improve things. and claim to be really open to suggestions.
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Old 07-27-04, 05:41 PM
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I can't get it to do anything either (first time I've visited since the change), using Netscape or IE on a Mac. Losers!
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Old 07-28-04, 11:03 AM
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I found out the new guide requires IE 5.5 (which I don't have on my PC at work and I can't upgrade). The site works fine at home. Shame though, I discovered the site very recently...at work. Even on a functional PC I like the old design better.
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Old 08-08-04, 11:52 PM
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After playing around with it for a while, all I can say is that I'm underwhelmed. I liked the old layout much better. It takes too many clicks to get anywhere. I haven't tried any of the advanced features, yet.
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