The New Allmusic: D/D?

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I was so excited to hear the creative slags against the 'new' 'AMG' 'design' that I instinctively rushed over here on Wednesday. If you haven't seen it:

caspar (caspar), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://www.allmusic.com

My question is this: do you think AMG realized that the only things that read it are either web scraping robot front ends to various music metadata software that didn't want to fork over the six figs for the 'real' SQL db, or human eye robot front ends to music dorks that don't mind the now SEVENTEEN clicks to get from ILM query to 'Jason Falkner played bass on that one'? And so they designed for their target market?


caspar (caspar), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

One thing that I discovered when ILx went away is that there's a Van Morrison bootleg called *The True Philospher's Stone* (or something like that) which AMG has little clips of that you can listen to. Isn't that sort of legally iffy?

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There was quite a long thread on this very topic on TWX, with AMG even coming on to defend their position and talk about how small a company they were and how it would be too difficult to make it work for all browsers etc.

We would have been convinced, had Elvis Telecom not posted links to a guy who built a multi-browser version in under two hours, and a business announcement talking about the links between AMG and Microsoft...

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The User Experience Honeycomb: facets of user experience

I reckon the AMG web development team have ignored some of these facets:

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

so nu ILXor means no Images !

see:
http://semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/000029.php

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

To give AMG a little credit, the site has become faster since the dreadful relaunch on Wednesday.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Friday, 16 July 2004 12:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Even with faster performance, it's still like hurrying up to stand still.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

DUD DUD DUD. Way to many clicks are required to get to any useful information. The old design was so much better. Maybe someone who knows more about the web publishing business could comment: is this some scheme whereby increasing the number of clicks required to navigate the site allows them to sell more ads or inflates their user "stickiness" statistics?

o. nate (onate), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The tabs, the "read more"s, the unnecessary flash elements (all over the place), the sign-in requirement that doesn't even work half the time...

It's a total disaster...almost like they made it bad on purpose, because things like this don't just happen by accident.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I sent them an e-mail offering to pay for access to the old site layout. Somehow I doubt they'll take me up on it though.

o. nate (onate), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I am in the Web publishing/advertising business, and increasing # of clicks definitely makes the site look more attractive to advertisers . . . but only if the overall audience is maintained. So it's short-term gain for long-term foolishness.

I am beginning to buy into the conspiracy theories here, though - the inflated click statistics and the bot-foiling structure. There's nothing else to explain it - certainly not 'we're only a small company' - it hardly takes any resources at all to solicit feedback from core users in a systematic fashion.

southern lights (southern lights), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AMG's response to cricism (my emphasis):

Dear allmusic fans-

As you’re aware, we’ve recently relaunched the allmusic site with expanded content and functionality and a whole new look. It is an ambitious undertaking and one that hasn’t gone off without some snags. We are working hard to fix the problems and ask for your patience while we work through this transition period.

We’ve been on the net since 1995 providing a free music reference resource. We would hope that through our ten years of service we’ve earned a little patience from our users as we work through the transition to the new site and some of the difficulties we’re experiencing. We’re a small company with small company resources. While we’re flattered by our users’ expectations, our resources are limited. We’re a small company from Ann Arbor, MI, trying to provide a great resource for music fans.

While we can’t respond to every piece of feedback we receive, we do read every bit of it. Feedback from our users is very important. We appreciate the time you take to share your thoughts with us. The following are some updates on the site and some responses to your comments.


SLOW RESPONSE TIMES
We are experiencing some response time delays as we did not anticipate the more than doubling of our traffic with the relaunch. We are working to add servers to handle the capacity and to get all of our servers properly balanced. This site is bigger and more complex than the old site. The speed difference won't be very noticeable once we get everything in peak form.


SUPPORT OF NON-IE FOR WINDOWS BROWSERS
Optimizing a site of allmusic’s complexity and size for all browsers and operating systems is no small feat. This isn’t a simple “brochure-ware” site of static pages. While we would love to optimize the AMG sites for all browsers and all operating systems, we simply don’t have the necessary resources to do so. Despite some users flattering comparison of our site with that of Google, Amazon and Yahoo!, we are a small company with limited resources. So, we had to pick the most widely used browser by our users (over 87%) to optimize the site for and then work on compatibility issues with the other major browsers as we go forward.

We are concentrating on making the site more accessible through Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. We know how important it is to our users and we’re moving quickly.


REGISTRATION
The allmusic site remains totally FREE to our users and only requires registration for access to new Premium Content. If you are uncomfortable registering, we understand and invite you to continue to use the portion of the site (roughly equivalent to the former site) that does not require registration. But we would like to take a moment to explain why we have introduced registration for Premium Content.

The AMG websites are FREE sites that are marginally supported by only advertising and product sales. To attract advertisers and retailers, we need to provide them with basic demographic information of our users so they can determine if our site is a fit for their products. We provide this information only in the aggregate (i.e. 60% of our users are male) and never pass on any individual user information. Please read our privacy policy for more information. Without these advertisers and retailers, the AMG websites would be out of business. Registration is a common practice among free publishing sites such as the AMG sites (i.e. NY Times, LA Times, etc.) that fund their enterprise through advertising and product sales. AMG is in line with common Internet practices and, as a good Internet citizen, zealously protects the privacy of our users.


TAB FORMAT
We realized when we designed the tab system that we would make some folks unhappy, but we felt the trade off was worth it. If we stuck to the one page approach it would limit our ability to add additional information. That design approach (one page) just doesn't scale as we expand content. And it's a real problem with artists with extensive discographies. We think that once folks take some more time on the site, they'll see that there is much more information available now than there was on the old site. The addition of the Songs and Credits tabs are both good examples of information that just wouldn’t be possible in a one page format.

Thanks for all your feedback. Together, we can make our service better than ever.

Sincerely,
AMG


Links that appeared on TWX:

A version of AMG that actually works

A potential explanation, for the conspiracy inclined.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm glad their response letter is still out there for analysis, because they chose to remove it from their own front page only hours after it was posted.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(x-post)

my memory of the web publishing biz from my time in it way back in
so if users now have to click three times as many pages as they used to, and therefore "see" three times as many ads as they used to, the site can turn over its ads three times as fast and make three times as much money.

the old days of two or three years ago is that advertisers buy a certain number of clicks when they buy an ad. advertiser gives website money, website keeps ad on site until it's literally been seen X number of times.

though i assume that somewhere along the way the advertisers would start saying "wait a minute..."

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(hey what the hell happened there, it's supposed to go like this:)

my memory of the web publishing biz from my time in it way back in the old days of two or three years ago is that advertisers buy a certain number of clicks when they buy an ad. advertiser gives website money, website keeps ad on site until it's literally been seen X number of times.

so if users now have to click three times as many pages as they used to, and therefore "see" three times as many ads as they used to, the site can turn over its ads three times as fast and make three times as much money.

though i assume that somewhere along the way the advertisers would start saying "wait a minute..."

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this is as gross as seeing someone who just broke up with you making out with jamie cullum.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

x-post

There are a number of ways to buy online advertising - per view (impression), per click, per actual transaction subsequent to click - but in any of these cases, the advertisers are going to be most interested in AMG demonstrating that the people viewing/clicking the ads belong to the demographic/psychographic groups that the advertiser is targeting. They are most likely less intersted in whether or not the site is designed to generate more or less views/clicks . . . they just want qualified people in the numbers that they've negotiated.

southern lights (southern lights), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it wouldn't be that difficult to optimize AMG's site for the major browsers and operating systems, that's a load of bullshit. Next they're going to say there a WMDs in irag and Alawi is a credible leader of Iraq

mentalist (mentalist), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I followed that other thread for awhile, but only just now saw those two links aldo cowpat posted. I am shocked. Thoroughly shocked.

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rage, rage against the dying of the lite.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"This agreement expands the existing Microsoft-AMG relationship to include enterprisewide licensing and strategic opportunities."

Does "strategic opportunities" actually mean anything, for those versed in corporatespeak?

amateur!st (amateurist), Friday, 16 July 2004 13:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"strategic opportunities" usually means "acquisition targets," in my experience.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

WMP absorbs AMG shocka.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"gobbledygook" usually means "gerbledynook," in my experience.

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

funny, I thought "acquisition" and "targets" were both pretty clear words. Shall I dumb it down even more for you?

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Considering AMG introduced me to 99% of the artists I like, THIS IS TERRIBLE.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 16 July 2004 14:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I say we all just quit going there. Most of that info you can find in other places anyway, for the same amount of clicks or less.

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You don't have to, stence. Microsoft bought them out. What else could I want or need to know?

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well your post just seemed rather weirdly aggressive. I was just trying to answer amateur!st's question.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And I felt that the way you answered it was as though you were being smart-ass. But maybe you weren't.

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

direct the AMG mngt to:

The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams
http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000242.php

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And I felt that the way you answered it was as though you were being smart-ass. But maybe you weren't.

I wasn't trying to be a smartass, at all. In businesspeak anything involving "strategy" almost always means "buying somebody out."

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 16 July 2004 14:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sorry, hstencil your wrong!

Strategy can relate to Organic Growth [without Strategic Acquisition.]

Organic Growth
http://www.exemplas.com/performance/147_2028.asp


DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that link doesn't refute anything I wrote. I agree that organic growth is indeed a "strategy" of sorts, but it is usually not what one refers to when speaking of "strategic opportunities."

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

how on earth did any of us live without ILX for two whole weeks?

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I played games of Hangman with Luna via email.

it's true.

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that sounds like organic growth to me, gear.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think hstencil's response was useful.

"strategic opportunities" sounds to me like "surgical strike." funny how corporatespeak and pentagonspeak have so much in common.

i'm not trying to make this amg thing more than it is.

i really liked amg, i thought a bunch of their reviewers were great, and i liked the simple and easy to use interface, even if it sometimes meant long page loads (i.e. for elvis presley). i use a lot of different computers, so it's unfeasible to keep logging in and out, not to mention the fact that the new interface relys heavily on graphics, thus leaving out all of us who still use (sigh) modems. so i would have to say dud, on the available evidence. maybe it'll improve, though.

amateur!st (amateurist), Friday, 16 July 2004 15:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AMG was already shockingly inadequate for even basic coverage of salsa and Arabic music (and some related stuff), but I did find it useful for some other areas. I don't think I can be bothered with the inconvenience of it at this point.

Rockist Scientist, Friday, 16 July 2004 16:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"AMG was already shockingly inadequate for even basic coverage of salsa and Arabic music (and some related stuff)"

their coverage of Polka---tragic.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this: While we would love to optimize the AMG sites for all browsers and all operating systems, we simply don’t have the necessary resources to do so. is obviously bullshit. Because they apparently had the resources to build what is totally complicated DHTML code that only works in one browser, and they didn't use FrontPage or something to do it. Honestly it's much easier to write this shit in a way that works in most modern browsers (Mozilla, Safari, AND IE) than it is to write it in a way that only works in one. No way it wasn't intentional.

I'll bet this has something to do with Microsoft's coming iTunes ripoff.

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AMG was already shockingly inadequate for even basic coverage of salsa and Arabic music (and some related stuff), but I did find it useful for some other areas. I don't think I can be bothered with the inconvenience of it at this point.
-- Rockist Scientist (heterophoni...) (webmail), July 16th, 2004 10:03 AM. (later) (link)


yeah, they always had huge gaps of course, how could they not? the least one could say is that they were always improving, though not at an even pace necessarily. i hope that advance hasn't halted though i suspect it has. better coverage of salsa probably wouldn't show up on the performance reports.

the lies and obfuscation of the (hastily-removed) apologia really seem to signal the end.

amateur!st (amateurist), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'd like to say that Luna is good at Hangman but not as good as me.

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the new site nearly put me to tears yesterday afternoon at my radio station, when trying to look up composer info needed to enter in the logs for BMI.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah obviously it was designed not for maximum utility on the user's end but to attract advertisers or satiate a corporate parent (i.e. fancy interface looks like they are making progress)

amateur!st (amateurist), Friday, 16 July 2004 16:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I did my own reworking of their new look and sent it to them:
http://www.rotovibe.com/images/amg1.gif

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 16 July 2004 17:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rocket Scientist, intentional or not, your repeated post is funny.

The old AMG...only a memor-eee...

Memories...Light the corners of my mind...misty water colored memooorieeess of the way we were...

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 16 July 2004 17:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'd like to say that Luna is good at Hangman but not as good as me.

That's hardly fair - you had less to work with.

luna (luna.c), Friday, 16 July 2004 17:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey everyone, here's a makeshift alternative to Allmusic.com, until they get rid of this new bullshit interface:

http://www.mp3.com

they license a lot of Allmusic's material (although some info is not available), so you can use it instead. it's not as good as the old Allmusic, but it's a lot faster than the new one.

King Kobra (King Kobra), Friday, 16 July 2004 17:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

compnednium

j., Tuesday, 23 August 2016 02:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

The AMG Omnedbus

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Tuesday, 23 August 2016 02:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

^this

Deneb on Ice (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 August 2016 02:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Consumned Guide

Shinzō Abe as Super Mario (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 23 August 2016 23:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tempting ideas.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 23:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Since Allmusic is now blocking people with ad blockers I would like to restrict Allmusic from appearing in my search results for album reviews. Is that simple to do?

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

i think if you type "-allmusic.com" (not including the quotation marks) it'll exclude it.

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

on google anyway.

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

so just preface it with a dash in other words.. or something

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

A Sentimental Neducation
xp

Nobodaddy's Fule (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 04:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ned, Just Admit It: Raggett on Cali Punk

chicken lit (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 04:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

RYM users, can you elaborate a little on how you find good music there? This is what I do whenever I'm there: browse through some lists, click an album title I don't know, read some reviews, check out YouTube for some tracks. Is that it, or are there better ways to find more stuff?

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

i do it just slightly differently. i look for albums i find interesting and like, see what lists they're in on the sidebar, click on the lists with interesting looking titles, browse through the lists to see if they're interesting, and then hit youtube for the ones that have potential (sometimes based on the cover as not all of them have reviews). sometimes i'll find users whose reviews i find interesting and see what other records they like that i haven't heard of.

a confederacy of lampreys (rushomancy), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Arch: Over the past 4-5 years, I've "curated" a list of about 700 RYM users with sympatico tastes. I'll find them from among those who highly rate obscure albums/singles I love, check to see that they have made over 1000 ratings with a diverse spread of scores, then add them as a "favorite" (a nonconsensual friend). When some I find some release highly overrated "by my friends" compared to my tastes, I'll cull the raters responsible (which the interface doesn't exactly facilitate). Over time, my favorites list has stabilized and pretty closely reflects the mix of genres I care about. Every few months I'll run a custom chart of current year releases "As rated by my friends", usually excluding parent genres I've zero interest in. Import into a spreadsheet, cut out low rated but popular (and hence, ranked) releases, or in subgenres I couldn't exclude (eg, I can't exclude "Indie Rock" on the site because I'm interested in shoegaze, which is considered a child genre). That leaves me with 2-300 releases to sample on YT etc.

Shinzō Abe as Super Mario (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 19:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks you two, that sounds... promising.

Sanpaku, is there a way to keep up with the ratings of your favorite users instead of having to generate a big list every so often?

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 25 August 2016 06:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

User ratings are incorporated in the rankings once every two weeks or so, and you can easily just click your bookmarked custom chart query (I have em for albums, eps and singles in my browser). There's a running sidebar of reviews from individual friends on one's "homepage". But there's no way of looking at how friends in the aggregate have rated releases for the past month or such (like, say, anydecentmusic). The reason I have to dig so far down is that it's the only way of finding obscure but good August (etc.) releases when the chart is already crowded with releases from the past 7 months.

Shinzō Abe as Super Mario (Sanpaku), Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cool, I was browsing the site earlier today and I already found two great songs I hadn't heard before ("When It's Over" by the Wipers, and "Talk About the Weather" by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry). Time to register an account!

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

.. and "Talk About the Weather" by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

good call.

mark e, Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Ad Blocker blocker has been removed.

Austin, Monday, 29 August 2016 22:27 (seven months ago) Permalink

no it hasn't

j., Tuesday, 30 August 2016 02:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

Huh. Well it has been on my end.

(using Firefox)

Austin, Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

hmm, I use Firefox too, but the adblocker warning pops up the instant I enable Adblock Plus or Ghostery.

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

Try Ublock Origin instead of Adblock Plus - it's better and much less bloated.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 30 August 2016 07:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

It seems a bit intermittent. I get the pop up on Chrome at work, but not on Chrome at home, and they both have ABP installed.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 30 August 2016 16:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

ffs I added allmusic to my Ublock whitelist but it still won't let me into the site. Grrrr.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

Haven't had any problems with Ublock for months, but since this morning I'm seeing the notice again. They must have changed something in the code. It will probably be fixed when one of the third-party filter lists get updated.

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 1 September 2016 08:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

Just found out that you can skip the ad blocker notice if you disable all JavaScript (including inline scripts) on the site. It also speeds up the site immensely, although some images aren't displayed and things like the discography browser won't work. But the main content is perfectly visible.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 2 September 2016 06:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://tedium.co/2016/09/20/allmusic-database-historic-importance/

j., Sunday, 2 October 2016 01:35 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I finally set AdBlock Plus to make an exception for AMG and lo and behold they seem to have gotten rid of the most egregiously awful video ads that were the point of objection in the first place. Cool.

UI still sucky/slow compared to its heyday, but what a treasure trove nonetheless. I was feeling deeply adrift in my record shopping without it.

dustalo springsteen (Doctor Casino), Monday, 7 November 2016 18:15 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I can't use the site at all. Whitelisting the site doesn't work. I even ran a different browser with no adblocker installed and it wanted me to disable it.

svend, Thursday, 8 December 2016 13:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Likewise for me. It's completely broken.

the_ecuador_three, Thursday, 8 December 2016 17:57 (four months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

personally i have found that things have not been too bad recently,
but todays visit saw the return of the surround ads.
ie. the ads that go around the whole page, take an age to load causing the page to jump all over while they load, and totally look shit.

mark e, Thursday, 5 January 2017 20:07 (three months ago) Permalink

It is quite distracting when you have two gigantic deodorant cans either side of your page. I abandoned AMG a while back, but sometimes I'll use a different browser without adblock if I have to. Yep it is fucking awful.

calzino, Thursday, 5 January 2017 20:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I've started noticing albums that are invisible/passed-over in the discography browser, though they have entries - e.g. Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic and Hall & Oates Big Bam Boom. Very weird. Both also have no album art though I'm sure they used to (and why wouldn't they?). Very weird and annoying. I worry things are really starting to break down behind the scenes.

mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:30 (three months ago) Permalink

That's...odd. I know both of those very much had reviews at one point.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:31 (three months ago) Permalink

They do! Sorry, I wasn't clear - you can totally pull up the individual entries. They've just fallen out of the discography.

mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:32 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ad Block blocker is back with a vengeance! I go to "Disable on allmusic.com" and refresh the site only to have it tell me that I still have it enabled.

Friendly lot, you AMG folk.

Austin, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:46 (two months ago) Permalink

lol I miss early 2000s AMG

example (crüt), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Memories, corners, mind

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I too got blocked by the ad-block blocker when I tried to look something up yesterday but Chrome also popped up some malware warnings so I just noped out of there

RIP AMG in its late 90s/early 00s form

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I think everyone should boycott this type of shit progress.

calzino, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:23 (two months ago) Permalink

If you use uBlock Origin (and you should), you can disable all Javascript on the site, inline and third-party. You'll lose a little functionality, but you won't see any more ads or notices.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:26 (two months ago) Permalink

your not kidding it's a proper take down The Man adblocker is that mother!

calzino, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep I'm getting "disable ad-block" pop up even with adblock already disabled, and malware warnings. RIP allmusic.

Transform All Suffering Into Poo (Colonel Poo), Friday, 24 February 2017 20:12 (two months ago) Permalink

agreed : RIP.

mark e, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

uBlock Origin, as recommended above does a right job on Allmusic guys

calzino, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

It does the trick, but I'm so tired of having to go all David Copperfield on websites to function. The pop-ups, the annoying adds, the cookie pop-ups, the 'sign up for our fucking newsletter' stuff. Seeing ads while logged in at ilx. I know this is all 'society is in the gutter' but ~the internet~ is p much dead to me these days.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 24 February 2017 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

LBI hits the spot.

mark e, Friday, 24 February 2017 21:20 (two months ago) Permalink

LBI probably doesn't use uBlock Origin.

I hardly ever see anything of the things you mentioned. And when something does get through the filters, 'Block element' is just one right-click away.

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 25 February 2017 20:40 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This was still bothering me, because I did turn off the blocker for them and it wouldn't let me in. Googleing I found the solution, well it works for me.

https://github.com/uBlockOrigin/uAssets/issues/182

The part about blocking first-party cookies on allmusic.com and sidereel.com works.

in chrome it is under - settings - show advanced - privacy settings - content settings - manage exceptions.

The site seems fast too with that.

svend, Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:48 (four days ago) Permalink


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