No such luck. The new design not only has most of the same problems as the old, but it was completely unusable on all browsers except IE. If you went to the site without IE, it would post a big grouchy message at the top of the page explaining that the site wouldn’t work. Classy. Any Baio over at Waxy.org took delicious umbrance to the inexplicable craziness:
The problems aren’t limited to display bugs. The URLs are worse than before, now so long that they can’t be sent by e-mail. Biographies, discographies and album reviews are no longer a single page, so you’re forced to click through to multiple pages to view the content you want. And the site’s slower than ever, and I’m periodically getting server timeouts and connection delay error messages. (Oh, and the spinning Flash navigation is a waste of space.)
AMG responded to waxy’s (and others’) criticisms with what might be construed as a less than consumer friendly letter:
We’ve been on the net since 1995 providing a free music reference resource. We would hope that 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.
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.
AMG has spent their time since launch frantically fixing rendering errors in order to get a decent display on all platforms (things are much better now than when they started). Moral of the story? The days of IE-only web sites are drawing to a close. Also, CSS is your friend.