the new site design: FAIL

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I hate the new design. I've been using this site for 10 years, and as far as I'm concerned, you have ruined it. What was once my #1 source for music info has been dumbed down and robbed of features. Total Disaster.
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Hi Gary,
When you say "robbed of features" what specifically were you looking for?
Maybe I can help.

Zac
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Gary Broyhill

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Example: I want to search for all albums with the words "Lost Tapes" in the title. This is what I get http://www.allmusic.com/search/albums... In the old system it would display the entire list on a single page, but now I have to click through 13 pages of links to see them all. Why not have a "Display All" option?
When I go to a band's page and click on discography, I get the entire list in a a sortable menu: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/tanger... There's none of that "Displaying 1-10" stuff.
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Thanks for the example.
With the new Search Results layout (which offers album cover images as another way of determining which album you may be looking for) takes up more space on the page and additionally ends up being a larger request for data.

Requesting that much information to "Display All" in one call would really be a slow page load, especially for a more generic term like "Love" which would bring back 39,378 albums. A "Display All" page with 40K entries would effectively be "Display None" since it would likely crash before loading.

This is the same method that Google uses: Showing the user a certain number of likely results at a time and then allowing the user to keep digging through additional pages of search results if they need to dig further.

The Discography list that you're seeing is at least a more manageable list, a known entity...it will never be 40,000 entries so we feel confident showing "All" in that scenario.

That said, I definitely hear you. Finding albums in a single list is easier than paginating.
We're working on ways to enable this in an upcoming search results improvement project.

Thanks again for the detailed feedback.
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Have to agree with Gary.

Current revamp breaks the number one rule of design 'if it ain't broke don't try and fix it'

The original allmusic.com worked pretty flawlessly. Now you cannot make a straight line to artist information or to their music.

FAIL!
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A lot of people have been saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" but the truth of the matter is, the old site was built on a lot of older technologies that were in constant need of updating/bandaging.

  • The underlying architecture of the site was in constant need of repair and bandaging, and needed to be completely re-thought.


  • Search had become really really broken. I could pass along hundreds (if not thousands) of e-mails telling us this fact in excruciating detail.


  • We had multiple/duplicate entries for Classical Crossover artists (including goofy things like a Classical entry for Metallica and Korn if they appeared as contributors to "string tribute" albums).


  • We had multiple duplicate album pages for records (whose only difference might have been having a different UPC at one time) with no solid method of tying them to a "Main Entry."


These facts (among many others) went into our decision to make the changes we made.

AllMusic has been around since 1991 (we actually predated the World Wide Web and were first available as a Gopher site many moons ago) and for the past several years we really haven't done much with our site. Since then, the amount of content we cover has grown exponentially and the back-end database system we were using just could not keep up. As we moved away from our old (and I'll say it: held together by duct tape and twine) architecture and delivery system and started using the API web services available from our Web Services API, we felt as though an update to the look and feel of AllMusic made a lot of sense.

More info here: http://www.allmusic.com/faq#change

Part of the purpose of this redesign was to move away from a lot of the older (struggling) processes we needed to maintain to keep the old site running.

To respond to your question, you certainly can make a straight line to an artist and their music. Information in this thread may help:
https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/...
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Well you managed to make a pigs ear out of it...