Please Make the Music Stop
Some sites like to play music when you land on them. I’m not sure why. I suppose they want to envelop the visitor into an entire “experience” or set a mood or portray their musical point of view. (Phrase unapologetically stolen from the Food Network’s food reality show where the judges are always asking the contestants to create dishes that express their “culinary point of view”. Ha!)
In any case. When I get to your site, I am not looking for an experience. I am looking for some information to complete my task. That’s what most searchers are doing too. If you invest a lot of resources in ranking well for key phrases and then cause those searchers to flee your site while holding their heads repeating “make it stop!” over and over, well, all the ranking in the world isn’t going to help you gain customers.
I’m generally against any music at all on a site (I am listening to my own music, thank you very much, and now with yours playing, it sounds like the symphony of the dueling evil composers in hell. Just saying. Exceptions for singers and bands, although I would still prefer a large play button that enables me to start the music experience myself (what if I’m in Starbucks! Or on an airplane! Or jury duty!).
If you think I am a lone voice in a sea of music-as-an-essential-part-of-the-web-experience lovers, then please, for the sake of puppies and kittens and fluffy clouds, at least give me a pause button. Or a mute button. Because if you don’t, the easiest way for me to get the music to stop is to leave your site.
Amazingly, there are sites whose methods of adding a musical soundtrack to the web experience make most musical sites seem AWESOME. Below are two. I present them as a cautionary tale.
Lebanese Ministry of Tourism
They picked a very short song. And play it over and over and over. And then they play it some more. And I can’t find a mute or pause button anywhere.
They restart the music every time you navigate to a different page. Seriously. And there’s no way to turn it off! I was looking for their contact information, but I had to close the site as quickly as possible and call a different garage. All because they added music to their site. Which means, by the way, they did additional work, which resulted in driving customers away.
I present this post as a public service announcement. I’m just trying to make the web a better place.