Concerning the new users input

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As allmusic has requested feedback on the beta for the upcoming changes to the site so I thought I would give some input. I have loved the ambitious goal of allmusic since I was very young. In middle school I would buy the printed editions of the allmusic guide that allowed me to explore artists I had no way of learning of without a decent internet connection. was even better with more up to date entries/reviews and obscure biographies and discographies. The site was simple but very utilitarian with it's network of similar artists and genre restrictions that gave the user an incredible resource for discovering artists similar to or who influenced the ones you already liked. Another site I loved (but rarely use today) was before it was downgraded to it's current state. Looking at the history of a site like, it is important to note how the structure of a website and its interface can effect it's success and usefulness. Granted allmusic has never had the mass appeal of a site like digg, but the friction caused by useless banners and features can lead the user to go elsewhere for the basic information they are seeking. was/is far from perfect (and has featured some of the absolute WORST expanding ad banners anywhere on the internet that often made it difficult to even use the search bar), but you DO NOT want to go in the direction of and their ugly redundant interface that reminds me of AOL circa 1996! I know that this is only the opinion of one user, but allmusic users are not random lurkers looking for cheap entertainment, they are mostly people looking for organized and detailed information concerning artists and their work. I will almost always use wikipedia rather than allmovie at this point (though it has improved slightly) for information about films and directors and I do not want the same to happen to allmusic. I am not afraid of change, and most websites have room for improvement (including allmusic), but to totally redesign the site to appeal to broader group of people who do not care will shed the consistent users who have used it for it's simple elegance.

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