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Update as of Saturday, April 9 at 2:09PM PST: We are aware that a significant number of our readers are experiencing formatting issues with the new homepage on different browsers, and we’re working hard to fix them. There will be a number of additional tweaks to the main page over the next 24-48 hours to further improve layout and readability, so stay tuned.

A picture of the homepage as it generally should display on your monitor can now be viewed by clicking on Read More below. If it is not displaying in this way, your browser is likely set to display fonts at an unusual size, and most layout issues can be temporarily fixed by adjusting downwards to “normal” font settings.

And yes, the navigation bar will soon be fully functional. Instead of drop-down menus, the gray bar will change contextually by section (news, articles, free music, etc) to let you jump to the preferred sub-section below.

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41

Joy of Tech............:)

Posted by MadPict in UK on April 11, 2005 at 7:50 AM (CDT)

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I for one would like to conrgatulate you guys,.............. on making the site worse than ever !!  So cluttered, so hard to find anything.  I only have one word for it, and that is,................ Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

Posted by Godders in United Kingdom on April 11, 2005 at 8:54 AM (CDT)

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I don’t care fot he new site at all.  I used to check the site every day to see the new headlines, and to see what new reviews were out there.  Now, that I actually have to look for new reviews, and the headlines are not as prominent, I doubt that I will continue to check the site everyday any longer.

If you are determined to stick with this, at least address these issues. 

Thanks

Posted by genrlz on April 11, 2005 at 8:58 AM (CDT)

44

BRING BACK THE JOY OF TECH LINK!!!!

Posted by Dijon on April 11, 2005 at 9:35 AM (CDT)

45

DOWN WITH THE LANDING STRIP LOOK!!!!
The new ‘centered’ page display looks awful on my widescreen monitors.  Definitley a change for the worse.

Posted by ipododie on April 11, 2005 at 12:34 PM (CDT)

46

great redising effort !!! one idea is to add some photos in the reviews page (http://www.ipodlounge.com/index.php/reviews/)

like you do in the homepage.

cheers

Posted by mamerio on April 11, 2005 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

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I used to visit this site several times a day.  Once upon arriving to work and once over lunch.  I say used to because now, simple navigation is hindered by large clock ads, not simple to fund the website, but ads to promote the buyers guide.  That has taken the place of the VERY convenient multi-tiered menu that used to adorn the upper portion of the opening page. I could with one glace look at all the new reviews, products, etc.  Each newest item normally had a small thumbnail to help me confirm what the product review was concerning.  Now, there’s a useless toolbar that requires needless navigation, and to see the OLD menu, which worked perfectly, I have to scroll passed meaningless ads both from you and paying sources, to find what is supposed to be the key of the site.  It has become, in one swift motion, a hassle to use ipodlounge.  What was good about the site is hidden in a non-user friendly, time efficient manner.  I for one will not waste my time sifting through the site every day to find what was simple before. 

So long ipodlounge, may you find your way home.

Posted by BretJ on April 11, 2005 at 2:38 PM (CDT)

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And I apologize for the typos above: I was typing in expedited irritation, slightly taken aback at the screw-up that was allowed to happen.

Posted by BretJ on April 11, 2005 at 2:44 PM (CDT)

49

great. more ads. smaller text. just what we wanted :D

Posted by steel102 on April 11, 2005 at 3:12 PM (CDT)

50

(laughing) This is sad. Come on ipodlounge, I think I’ve seen two possitive comments in here. That may be a hint. I agree, it is much more difficult to find new reviews and articles. Will that cause me to abandon your site? No, but a way to show all new stuff you got in a convient way would be nice.

Change…isn’t it great!

Posted by jTizzle on April 11, 2005 at 8:05 PM (CDT)

51

Yuck!! Why do people do webpages with tables specified in pixels!! The percentage based tables of the old site design was so much better!!

To me it looks like the new design was purely motivated by fitting more advertising on to the screen. Sorry guys, but it wasn’t broke so why did you (try and) fix it??

Posted by lucasc on April 12, 2005 at 12:48 AM (CDT)

52

There are not “more ads”.......

Posted by MadPict in UK on April 12, 2005 at 7:35 AM (CDT)

53

Yes, yes, there are not more ads. There’s less SPACE to read anything that isn’t. I refuse to keep viewing flashing ads, so I’m thinking strongly about just adblocking them all.

Another thing I’ve noticed: I was last here about ten hours ago, checking admittedly to see if the horrible new design was gone yet, and there was a DLO shuffle case review up. Now there’s some other shuffle case review up. iPodlounge, you might want to space those out to once every 24 hours or something (or maybe you already did, and I missed it since I refuse to read sites of personal interest at work) since there is now only one review on the main page.

The forums stopped being interesting a while ago with too many people asking the same question and using netspeak and never, ever, ever researching anything. If it becomes impossible to read the reviews, too, I’ll just leave this site off my list of places to visit. I’m sure that hardly matters. FWIW, I DID use to click through your ads.

Posted by Prudence in Somerville, MA on April 12, 2005 at 7:47 AM (CDT)

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You could of course click on the Reviews link in the orange navibar at the top or even at the Reviews quicklink which also displays the most recent reviews.

Posted by MadPict in UK on April 12, 2005 at 11:56 AM (CDT)

55

Or we could of course desire to have it more efficient, which it was.  Zero clicks: full view of all up to date items on the site… Or scrolling down 3 times past 8 bordering ads and lesser material to find the true content/clicking through and loading new pages of the site.  Which sounds better? 
I’m not anti-change, but I am anti-useless navigation and poor design, and I am very pro-consumer/customer based.  It seems to me the users of this site are feeling like they’re playing a game of minesweeper trying to find what was, and should be, a thoughtless task.  Where’s the replies from staff supporting these changes, defending themselves, and trying to keep their site frequenters?

Posted by BretJ on April 12, 2005 at 12:26 PM (CDT)

56

man this site is difficult to enjoy as it presently stands.

Posted by neuroticomic on April 14, 2005 at 4:53 AM (CDT)

57

5 or 6 days later and the site’s still not fixed to display correctly in most browsers.

Any word on when?

Come on, don’t make us lose faith.

Posted by Cyberwhore in Perth on April 14, 2005 at 10:06 AM (CDT)

58

5 or 6 days later and the site’s still not fixed to display correctly in most browsers.

Any new on when?

I’ve never seen a webpage display quite this badly thru no fault of my own.

Posted by Cyberwhore in Perth on April 14, 2005 at 10:08 AM (CDT)

59

“man this site is difficult to enjoy as it presently stands.”

I agree 100%... it’s really too bad.

Posted by petro on April 21, 2005 at 7:16 AM (CDT)

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