I’ve been silent long enough: someone desperately needs to redesign allmusic.com!
It is by far the clunkiest, ugliest, and overall worst website I’ve ever used. Pages take forever to load, links are dead or go to the wrong places, and half of the website is full of incomplete, incorrect or outdated information. In addition, the advertising is extremely intrusive, and sometimes blocks links i’m trying to click on.
Now, that isn’t to say that everything of what allmusic.com does is horrible. After all, they have the most comprehensive collection of discographies I have ever seen, and it is the only place online that I have found other than Amazon.com that has even the most obscure recordings noted and reviewed. I even went through allmusic.com’s discography of the legendary trumpet player Marcus Belgrave, who has been recording in and out of Detroit since the early 50’s, with the man himself, and he was amazed to see some of the recordings they had details for.
However, the site needs a serious overhaul. The last time they did any sort of redesign was almost 10 years ago, and for some reason they seem to think an outdated and clunky design is preferable to a modern, stripped-down one. Imagine a wikipedia-style allmusic.com. They currently handle a fraction of the data that wikipedia does, but still the site barely works.
I can only assume they would increase their traffic if they simplified things a little bit. I, for one, would certainly frequent the site a little more, if not just because of a lack of frustration.