Monday, December 14, 2009

Musicovery.com


I really like where this site is coming from, but its music selection is weak, the interface is awkward and the sound quality is poor. It says you can get Hi-Fi quality if you pay $4 a month, but with Pandora.com being as top-notch, intuitive, and FREE as it is, well, Musicovery might want to think about adjusting their set-up if they want to compete.


Wait a minute, what's this? Down at the bottom of Musicovery's page?

Really, Time.com? You think this is one of the 50 Best Websites of 2009? The smorgasbord of ingenuity and design prowess just flowing all over the web and you think this is one of the best?

I mean, don't get me wrong I can appreciate the creativity involved in coming up with the idea. The fact that you can pick a song by your mood (Calm to Energetic, Dark to Positive) is very cool. But it's very poorly executed from what I can see.

Time.com says:
"The interface is so radically different from Pandora and Last.fm that it seems like it was beamed from an ultra-sophisticated, ├╝ber-arty future utopia."

That's a bit much. If the "uber-arty future utopia" means we get the same awkwardly placed cleavage ads on our web pages, then, I'm not too excited for the future...

Seriously, guys, look at it (not the cleavage, the webpage). The awkward blank spaces. The mismatched lettering. It's an extremely lazily designed site. All the effort obviously went into that little player and the interactive spider web of songs that appears when you choose your music.

I guess this is just an example of an idea transcending poor execution. But that doesn't mean that better execution wouldn't make it even better.

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