Slightly less irritating than the Odeon cinema chain's recent manouevres (rightly picked up by Messrs Jones and Gyford) but only slightly - allmusic.com has just got that little bit less accessible. Yesterday, their redesigned front pages were proclaiming that the new site only worked properly in Internet Explorer on Windows.
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."
Poppycock. Depends what you mean by "optimizing a site" I suppose. I'm not too impressed with Allmusic.com's new redesign at the mo. Not least a silly words-on-sticks interface which is essentially a series of hidden but perfectly straightforward links. The album layout now forces expanded reviews and tracklistings on to separate pages, too. It seems to me, at first glance, that one of the most useful music sites online has just got a bit worse.
To be fair, they do say "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 quick". Credit to them for responding to users quickly ... but I can't see why their site wouldn't have been standards-compliant in the first place. Would've been quicker and cheaper.