Jamendo Gets A New Look, And Criticism

Martin Brinkmann
May 3, 2012
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Jamendo is one of the coolest destination for free music on the Internet. There, I said it. We have covered the service multiple times in the past on Ghacks. The site operators recently changed the design of the website, to provide users with a "more user friendly, simply website", that allows everyone accessing it to "discover, listen to and download thousands of music tracks without limitation".

The announcement over at the official Jamendo blog details what's new on the music portal:

  • The simple, new interface
  • More accurate search results
  • A faster, more responsive site
  • An enhanced HTML5 music player
  • Artists can now download single tracks without associating them to an album
  • Ten new Jamendo radio channels

When you open the new Jamendo in your web browser of choice, you will notice that the design and layout has changed considerable. The frontpage displays five banner like entry points to the site, followed by a listing of the site's most popular tracks, artists, and the ten Jamendo radio channels.

When you hover your mouse over a track, artist or radio station, you see play and download buttons pop up that you can use right away. When you click on the play button, the music starts to play right away on the same page.

The music player is displayed at the bottom, along with the usual controls plus options to download and share the current track.

While part of the community has welcome the changes and the new design, a vocal part has criticized the site operators for it. Without doubt the biggest point of criticism is the step away from an album centric website towards a track centric one.

Jamendo's staff has posted a response to the criticism on the blog, addressing the core points of criticism. The developers note:

However, after assessing your feedback, we understand the desire of many artists who remain attached to the album approach and will improve our interface very quickly by enabling:

  • album reviews in addition to the current track review option
  • display of both album and track reviews on the album pages
  • rearrangement of the artist page so new albums are more visible, higher up on the page
  • the display of favorite albums in the MyMusic section in addition to the current playlist of favorite tracks
  • displaying the number of listens for each album on the album page
  • a better presentation of the most recently released albums/tracks.
  • The search page furthermore will display both tracks, albums and artists.

It is great to see the site operators react so fast to user criticism, and while there  will surely be some users who still do not like the new design, the majority of users should be quite satisfied with the announcement.

Have you been on the new Jamendo website yet? If so, what is your impression of it?


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  1. pHROZEN gHOST said on November 6, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I know, this article is old. But, I thought I would bring up a new issue with Jamendo.

    It has changed again recently. Pale Moon cannot even load it.

  2. AngryGeek said on November 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Totally unimpressed. The site may look pretty, but it is horribly slow and awkward. Typical case of moronic website designers getting carried away providing lots of new “features” and forgetting to properly implement core functionality.

    Also, YOUR website text is too small. The article also seems to have the Jamendo quote formatted in two different ways.

  3. Roman ShaRP said on May 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Still having problems accessing pages of tracks and artists I like on Jamendo, from site search and from Google search.

    I wonder if the new design was tested at all before the rollout.

  4. SubgeniusD said on May 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Opera 11.62 misrendered Home page so badly I sent a bad site report. Oddly IE 9 displays identical scrambled layout.

    Then for the heck of it tried logging in (failed) then home page auto-reloaded and displays flawlessly now. Never seen behavior like this before.

    Log in problem already reported https://getsatisfaction.com/jamendo/topics/homepage_links_dont_know_their_own_domain

    Go to My Music and log in works.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on May 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Problems in both Pale Moon / FF 11 and Chrome. According to monitor of my software caching proxy , the required .css file doesn’t load, 404 instead.

  6. Uhtred said on May 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    looked as though stylesheets didn’t load on FF12, as what looked like a horizontal top menu was listed vertically above logo, and left to right first two colums images were oversized and overlapped text for links (listen etc), third column looked ok
    underneath, again vertical text listing and “player” was also text only

    not so good really…

    1. SubgeniusD said on May 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Identical result first time with FF12, reloading didn’t help. Closed browser and reopened and site renders perfectly now. Actually looks good.

      Unfortunately many of the links are dead. Tried to log in? Server not found.

  7. YB said on May 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This site does not format very well. It has some errors.

  8. Midnight said on May 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Just checked it out and looks pretty good, except for the layout and format, which are rather crappy, to say the least!

    The site needs some work, for sure, by a professional and not some 10 year old!

  9. Roebie said on May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Looks horrible in my browser. There’s definitely something wrong. I’ve tried the latest FF and Chromium, but the site fails on both.

    1. jibled said on May 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      same situation, awkward formatting in chrome

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