Advantages FREQUENT UPDATES, VAST CONTENT, GOOD SEARCH FACILITIES
Disadvantages A BIT TOO CHART HEAVY, POP UP ADVERTS.
Being an avid fan of music, both new and that stemming for the 90’s and 80’s, I am always on the net, looking for information, news, fansites, lyrics and whatever else may take my fancy about whichever band’s in my CD player.Of course there are more traditional methods to access music information, the most notable of this is the printed version of NME, out every Wednesday. Problem is, by Thursday, things have changed in the music world, and you need an instant music news fix!!
NME.com is a good comprehensive site, but I do visit dotmusic.com from time to time too – the focus of my review here.Dotmusic (lets call it DM from here on in) was originally developed some years ago, independently I think, but is now owned and managed by BT, being part of the vast BT Openworld network. Being such a profiled company/organisation, DM clearly now has leverage in getting quality people working on the site, with quality exclusives and everything musical in general.
There’s loads to see and do on DM, I’ll cover the more important parts first, then overview the whole concept.News – this is music news in general and starts you off on the front page, with a sentence or two on the top news stories of the day, with instant links to the full picture. On the left hand banner you’ll see a link to all the news in the music world. The quality of the news is accurate and in-depth, with the occasional scoop that others have yet to pick up on from time to time!
Charts – needs little introduction. Personally the charts mean nothing to me, I listen to lots of bands and artists – some which chart often, some which don’t, and quite frankly who gives a monkeys who’s at number 1 or how many weeks its been on the charts. There’s much more to an artist’s career than getting to No. 1 all the time!If charts are what you want then DM will give you the weekly top 75 singles and album, and the top 20 specialists charts, indie, dance, rock and so on. (Ok so I do look at these ‘occasionally!) Future hits is a feature where the writers predict chart placings for the singles to be soon released, and there is also a feature to have the charts delivered to you by email, oooh the excitement.
At this point I’ll mention advertising on the site I think. Pop-ups are sometimes seen, though not every day. When you do see them they are the most annoying ones – the ones that stop you in your tracks, and take over the screen. Grr I hate them! There are banner adverts scattered throughout, though nothing too obtrusive. Also in an effort to make more cash for the company (you don’t think your phone and ASDL bills pay for this site do you!!??) they have an affiliation with CD-WOW.com, those excellent people who sell CD’s for £8.99 delivered!! Please kids, don’t pay £13 from HMV any longer. The CD-Wow banner is always down the right hand side, showing relevant CD’s to buy for the page you may be viewing at the time.Back to the program – Artists is the next section you can tune into. Essentially you have links to featured artists, these are the bands and artists who are riding high in the ‘charts’ at the present time.
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