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The Best of New Hype Machine Comments

The Good

The new Hype Machine is brilliant, especially the way the whole page plays like a playlist.

Anthony’s focusing on the right things and that’s why the new Hype Machine rocks.
I wrote a post recently saying that I don’t like favoriting music. But this is different. This is really bookmarking. It does something really useful.

Congrats to Anthony and his crew for making the best site on these internets even better.

povertyjetset: Hype Machine re-deux is freaking AMAZING!
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This is totally sweet. The new Hype Machine kicks ultimate ass and takes many names. Hype Machine shows the open Internet is smarter than any one person, and those that use it as open are those that benefit entirely. Walled gardens SUCK. Please don’t parlay into them.

The new Hypemachine interface is so approachable, that even the tail end of Generation Y will ‘get it.’

Hype Machine is way more historically significant than “In Rainbows.”

The Bad:

Get your barf bag ready, this one is a clunky monkey to be sure and the new logo is atrocious, kind of like staring at a steaming turd that’s arrived on your plate at a swanky restaurant only to find a giant slice of undigested corn and a toenail sticking out of the gnarled gooey end. Who designs shit like this? Terrible.

New larger type is horrible. Actually, it’s all sort of horrible. Looks like a site aimed at idiot children.
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Now this site is useless. Completely useless. You aren’t my homepage any longer. You aren’t even bookmarked any longer. R.I.P
PS – have to say it again – YOU BLEW IT.
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Then, there are lots of constructive ones, and while those are less fun, they’ve been hugely useful while tuning the new site. Thank you all for the interest!

UPDATE: Carles offers an excellent “best of” list in comments below.

New Popup Player Live & More

Thanks again everyone for all your feedback. Angry, happy or both, we love it.

We’ve just updated the site with a new popup player on every page of the site that plays the whole page through.

Here are the links that open it up:

Popup player screenshot
Also in this update, you can now see how many people are watching any blog we track, like this:

Would love to hear what you think!

New Popup Player Coming Soon

Thanks again for all your feedback. We’ve been looking at different ways to satisfy your requests while creating the meaningful music discovery experience we have in mind.

Stay tuned.

As usual you are welcome to write with questions and ideas. And if you are a flash expert, we REALLY want to hear from you.

We’re Listening

Anthony, Zoya, Scott and I are reading everything you are saying. We definitely appreciate all the constructive feedback regarding the music player. Don’t worry, we love and use Hype as much as all of you so we totally understand how you feel.

We will post updates as often as we can while we work on the feedback you all are giving us. In the meantime, you guys should check out some of the new user features. We want to hear what you think about stuff like favoriting songs and creating a custom stream of new music (aka Love Feed) updated constantly. Both are on your profile page that you can take advantage of even as a guest.

We’ve blocked lolcatz on all our machines till the new Hype is setup just the way you want it. If you know us personally, you will know this won’t be easy 🙂

So where’s the Flash pop-up player?

We hear you. Here is what happened to the Flash player:

While we were designing the new site, our biggest goal was to showcase the content bloggers are creating to make music discovery more engaging. This is why we get up in the morning and work on Hype Machine.

We looked at our flash player and saw that it was great at:

– Playing music, skipping tracks.

    We also saw that it really sucked at:

    – Displaying clearly visible links to blogs, and buying relevant music.
    – Showing any content at all from the matching blog post. In fact, that just wasn’t in the player.

      Given what we are up to, this player doesn’t work. It was the best we could do at the moment, but did not fully address what we are out to do.

      Right now, we also see that the way audio works on the current site has problems:

      – Songs don’t reliably continue playing once the previous one is done
      – Not always clear what song is playing

        We are working on a way to address these issues and do both: have an amazing listening experience and showcase what bloggers are writing.

        Don’t stop with your feedback.


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