Advantages Great choice of good quality videos
Disadvantages Some errors and lack of availability for some songs
I am always ahead of my friends when it comes to music, at the moment they are just getting over Pretty Ricky's single, Grind with Me, myself, I was looking for the album before the summer began, and have since enjoyed their latest single. That is just one example, I do not care to share with you all the times I have profited from the site.I came across this site, as people often come across the best sites, by accident, I believe I was probably using windowsmedia.com to find the latest song out, when it directed me towards this site, and to tell the truth I haven't looked back, it is a great site, although there are several problems, which I will go into shortly.
The front page looks good and is well set out for easy navigation. There is a search area, where you can find a video, or artists quicker, this however will only work if you can spell the name correctly. Below that are four dropdown lists, one for Launchcast Radio, Music Videos, Y! Music Unlimited and Artists, these contain all the facilities available on the website. The rest of the options are in neat little boxes, all containing pretty pictures (lol) and links, for example you will get a box showing off the latest video, or advertising Yahoo Music Unlimited, an advanced idea of Launch.com, costing $5 a month (remember this is an American website). In the bottom left corner the top 10 videos for the time are stored, and if you click on the underlined link you can get to the video.
This is one of the great things about this site, by rating each video and artist, the computer will select tracks that you might enjoy. Next to the video information on the left side of the video screen there is the facility to rate, from 1 to 5 stars, or somehow, I am afraid I can't remember how, you can change the rating system to a more accurate one, with a rating out of 100. The rating facility is also available on each artist's page.
Cons of Video
Quality - I often have trouble when a video will just stop half way through, the song will continue, but the screen will remain frozen.
Availability - Because the site is American, publishing laws allow it to show videos which are not able to be shown out of America, therefore when you select them you will be told that it is unavailable and to try launch.co.uk. However I have found a solution to this, as I have said the videos will continue, and while you cannot select the videos shown, they may show one of the videos that you can't select.
If you search for an artist you will be given a page just for them, containing all the information about them. Information like a short biography, downloads, Videos, a radio featuring them, or similar music, album information, similar artists, news, reviews, groups/boards, fans, fans websites and photos. On these sites you can also rate the artist and their videos, without having to watch the video. They are very useful when you want an insight into the artist you are listening to, however some pages have more information than others.
My favourite genre of music has to be Rap and R'n'B, so this site provides very well for me, it has most of the songs I want to listen to, and others that are just fantastic. Other possible genres of music include Pop, Rock, Country, Blues, Electronic/Dance, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Reggae and Religious. Hopefully enough music for you to find a video you like. You can find the videos by selecting Music Videos on the dropdown list I described earlier.
I would recommend this site, it is handy, allowing you to listen to great music of many genres, allows you to watch the latest videos, and you can know all about the latest music long before it comes to the UK. The British version is not nearly as goods in my opinion, there is not as much choice in music, however if you do want to use it you can find it at www.launch.co.uk.
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