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Welcome to the new iLounge. Even though we’re still tweaking the many pages of the site, the first stage of our long-awaited redesign is finally live and ready for you to kick the tires. Our aim with the new look is to streamline every aspect of the site, making it faster and easier for you to find and read the content you want. Be sure to email us what you think of the sparkly fresh site, and inform us of any major issues caused by the redesign. If you’d rather not send an email, you can comment on this news story and we’ll be sure to read everything you say.

Also, keep in mind that this is only the first phase of the redesign — more sections will be getting a makeover in the coming weeks. You can look forward to the revamped iLounge forums, tips & tricks, gear guide, and hacks & mods sections. In addition, we’ll soon be launching the new myPod online helper, which will offer one-click access to the information and accessories that are related to your specific iPod model.

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21

I don’t fancy your ads all that much, but i’ll gladly put up with them just to read your very thorough reviews and articles! Keep up the good work, guys!
The new design looks very nice and it’s easy to get a overview of all the different things on your site smile

Posted by WarCow on April 9, 2005 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

22

the new site is cleaner, but too busy.  i guess i’ll just have to get used to it.  i hope.

Posted by jPod523 in Ohio, USA on April 9, 2005 at 9:43 AM (PDT)

23

Great new look guys, I think its absolutely superb. (it is a bit ad heavy though)

Posted by mrwright in california on April 9, 2005 at 10:06 AM (PDT)

24

The new page designs leaves a lot to be desired, though loads are indeed fast.  I’d particular reconsider the main page; I really hate the amount of scrolling it takes to scan over the entire page. Not really friendly as an introductory greeting, IMO.

Boy, go away for a week and all the world as I knew it goes to pieces… wink

Posted by flatline response on April 9, 2005 at 10:13 AM (PDT)

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actually i hadn’t noticed it, but you’re right flatline. seemed to load up MUCH faster than in the past…

Posted by Frank Owen in Tampa, FL on April 9, 2005 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

26

Everything just seems too cluttered with the new redesign—like everything was just thrown together. Not only was the old layout more easily navigatable, it also looked much more professional. Just my two cents. Can’t argue with the faster page loads, though.

Posted by interior_decor on April 9, 2005 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

27

Well, I must say that I am not a fan of the new design.  It is FAR to cramped and the ads are just ridiculous.  I understand that the ads drive your ability to keep the site up, but something must be done about the sheer volume of ads in relation to the amount of visible content on the main page.  Why isn’t the left nav bar up at the top??  The user isn’t even aware of the navigation until he scrolls down.  This, in my opinion, is just insane.  Navigation should be the MOST assessable/visible/blatantly obvious feature of the page.

It seems like there’s a whole lot more stuff shoved onto the main page, but there’s a lot less assessable content than there used to be.  Before, there were many links to articles, gear reviews, news, and a lot more right there in front of you.  Now, there’s only two reviews, one news article, and a smattering of ads.  Something must be done about getting more content on the main page, where users will FIRST see it.

Sorry for the harsh post, I just think you guys may have taken a step backwards.  Now that all that’s over with, I’d like to thank you guys for the time you spend on the site and everything you do for the podding community.  I can’t tell you how many times the forums have saved my life.  Your reviews are great, the news is great, I enjoy surfing the site.  Thanks.

Posted by Jeff McClay on April 9, 2005 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

28

Ad-block fpr firefox. i dont see ONE ad. turned it off to see new design, but it was awful. the old page was cooler, with better less apparent colors.

Posted by Sergiusz 4G-20GB & Shuffle 512 MB on April 9, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

29

Jep, Adblock…! no ads for me today smile but I am still buged by the big grey part under the banner..! plz plz do something so I can block it..! plz smile

Weeping Rock, Rock

Posted by Gentleman_finn in Denmark on April 9, 2005 at 11:15 AM (PDT)

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I understand the need for ads, but with so many you really need to open it up. The former design was much more user-friendly because it was more horizontal, allowing things to be viewed in more organized columns with some breathing space. Now it’s all tightly packed and requires a lot of scrolling.

White space is essential in navigation of dense content by keeping it in coherent groups. It’s the best way to organize. Having a multitude of colors and shapes packed together only creates a sense of chaos and claustrophobia, especially when animated ads are used. This design also makes it difficult to the eye to distinguish blocks as ad or content.

This sort of design discourages browsing the site, as opposed to the former design which encouraged browsing. With this current design, I think I’ll just resort to looking at RSS feeds and going to only the articles I’m attracted to from the headlines, and get out as quickly as possible. It makes my brain and eyes hurt too look at the pages for too long.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s the desired result of your redesign.

Posted by rkusa on April 9, 2005 at 12:16 PM (PDT)

31

Ads don’t bother me, but the site design is way off. The top menus are fine, but lower down I don’t like how the left column is wider than the right. The news should be in the middle of the screen, not towards the right. Also there is a sense of claustrophbia, the white space on the left and right is a waste of space.

Also will you be merging the site accounts with the forum accounts? The redundancy is really unprofessional.

Posted by charlie12 on April 9, 2005 at 12:19 PM (PDT)

32

Also what was the reason for doing a redesign? If it ain’t broke…

If you wanted more ads, just incorporate them into the old design. Would have been much better.

Posted by charlie12 on April 9, 2005 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

33

There aren’t more ads. grin

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 9, 2005 at 12:24 PM (PDT)

34

I liked the old site better, and here are my three reasons why.

1) No sense of claustrophobia, the page took up my whole browser window.

2) Ads seemed less intrusive, now they are seemingly everywhere. Perhaps it’s the colors of the ads, or the fact that they move, but something needs to be done. I understand you can’t eliminate them completley.

3) Layout! The new site has some really good layout ideas, but they are placed wrong. You should move the colums with all of the site nav on the bottom up, so they are easier to get to.

Otherwise, it isn’t too bad, but it still needs work. I like the way the reviews are now.

Posted by webdesbw in Idaho on April 9, 2005 at 12:26 PM (PDT)

35

It seems as though a lot of people aren’t too open to change.  Before you know it you’ll be used to this design and look back on the old one wondering how much more confusing it was compared to this version.  I think you guys did a great job.  This website is one of my favorites and for it to cost me nothing to use it is just an added benefit, you guys are doing awesome and I hope you won’t ever have to get other jobs!  Thanks for all the hard work!

Posted by christomapher in chicago on April 9, 2005 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

36

Has anyone mentioned yet that the column in the center is really narrow.  The ads on the right and uneven clumps of stuff on the left don’t help.

Posted by Taphil on April 9, 2005 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

37

Just to echo Jeremy’s reply above, there has not been an increase in the number of ads and they are not any larger than they were previously, with the exception of the banner across the top - that used to reside in the top right corner of the page. None of the ads animation has changed either - they were animated before…

Posted by MadPict in UK on April 9, 2005 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

38

After using the site for another 30 mins, I am liking it more, but I still think it could be wider. It’s got a lot of great new features tho, and it’s a lot faster to get around on. I guess the design grows on you.

Posted by webdesbw in Idaho on April 9, 2005 at 12:47 PM (PDT)

39

It’s so.. normal? It looks like every other news site now. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing…

Posted by running.sneakers on April 9, 2005 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

40

I personally do not mind the advertisement, even thought I can just use adblock.

But then it would be to empty without them…

Posted by Anton J in Pennsylvania on April 9, 2005 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

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