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Article No. 162 April 25, 2007

MTV drops Flash in a flash!

MTV dropped their flashy Flash site – which launched a mere nine months ago – in favor of a more robust XHTML version. It seems the Flash version was not complementing their content and the users were bitching about it… as they mention on their blog. I for one am glad to see this happen. As good as Flash can be, nothing can beat the speed, accessibility and plain old simplicity of an XHTML site, as far as content is concerned.

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Hmm… Issues being raised in their announcement post is the playback of videos while navigating/searching/doing something around their site. They should address this quick, quite a rowdy audience IMO. But hey, can’t please everyone.

The design and direction is cool, a bit too conservative, knowing MTV’s artsy trend.

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Have you read the comments in their announcement? Seems a lot of folks liked the old one better…

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The wording of the comments says more about the people who go to MTV.com than MTV itself. I think they did a good job.

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90% of those kids commenting have no clue what it takes to make a fully functional website. They are teeny boppers. I think MTV made the right decision and it will be best for the wider audience.

To the ones with legitimate claims, well that needs to be addressed – but the others are just whiners.

They made the right move.

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I don’t know who mtvlabs.tv is (the blog source mentioned above), but their little xhtml blog page consistantly crashes my instance of IE. These guys can’t seem to get it right in xhtml either. Maybe you should retitle the article “MTV programmers can’t get it right in Flash or XHTML”

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OMG its about time they switched this to XHTML. Not a big MTV fan anymore, but their website usually does have the best music news. Now I can actually find what Im looking for!!

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I saw the mtv.com site for the first time the other day. I thought it was simply amazing. One of the most impressive flash sites i’d seen in a long time for user interaction / design etc. It was perfect. Now I see they’ve changed it and well… it’s boring. The other site was 1000 times better for what they were doing. Ah well. What can you do?

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1st) I dont like how 1 has 2 a blogger or google account to post. I have a mtv.com & it isnt enuf? Argh!

When mtv.com changed 2 a flash site I stopped visiting. I have hi speed cable connection & was still having 2 wait 20 yrs 4 the page 2 load; IT TOOK TOOO LONG 2 LOAD! What kind of net connection was needed to access/use the site proprerly? I hated the forced video/commercial (which always seemed to be Madonna from the Music /cowboy era ) that would autoplay on the left shrinking what I was trying to look at on the right.

Bc I never got the page to load fully, I never even got to use the bookmark feature ( I dont even know what it is) or the play a song/video while navigating the website.

This version is SO MUCH BETTER.
Thank u 4 changing mtv.com 2 something we all r able 2 LOAD & enjoy.

Also, the HAT bkgrnds is a cool idea. Good job 4 exposing new artists.

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1st) I dont like how 1 has 2 a blogger or google account to post. I have a mtv.com & it isnt enuf? Argh!

When mtv.com changed 2 a flash site I stopped visiting. I have hi speed cable connection & was still having 2 wait 20 yrs 4 the page 2 load; IT TOOK TOOO LONG 2 LOAD! What kind of net connection was needed to access/use the site proprerly? I hated the forced video/commercial (which always seemed to be Madonna from the Music /cowboy era ) that would autoplay on the left shrinking what I was trying to look at on the right.

Bc I never got the page to load fully, I never even got to use the bookmark feature ( I dont even know what it is) or the play a song/video while navigating the website.

This version is SO MUCH BETTER.
Thank u 4 changing mtv.com 2 something we all r able 2 LOAD & enjoy.

Also, the HAT bkgrnds is a cool idea. Good job 4 exposing new artists.

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I saw the mtv.com site for the first time the other day. I thought it was simply amazing. One of the most impressive flash sites i’d seen in a long time for user interaction / design etc. It was perfect. Now I see they’ve changed it and well… it’s boring. The other site was 1000 times better for what they were doing. Ah well. What can you do?

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OMG its about time they switched this to XHTML. Not a big MTV fan anymore, but their website usually does have the best music news. Now I can actually find what Im looking for!!

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I don’t know who mtvlabs.tv is (the blog source mentioned above), but their little xhtml blog page consistantly crashes my instance of IE. These guys can’t seem to get it right in xhtml either. Maybe you should retitle the article “MTV programmers can’t get it right in Flash or XHTML”

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90% of those kids commenting have no clue what it takes to make a fully functional website. They are teeny boppers. I think MTV made the right decision and it will be best for the wider audience.

To the ones with legitimate claims, well that needs to be addressed – but the others are just whiners.

They made the right move.

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The wording of the comments says more about the people who go to MTV.com than MTV itself. I think they did a good job.

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Have you read the comments in their announcement? Seems a lot of folks liked the old one better…

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Hmm… Issues being raised in their announcement post is the playback of videos while navigating/searching/doing something around their site. They should address this quick, quite a rowdy audience IMO. But hey, can’t please everyone.

The design and direction is cool, a bit too conservative, knowing MTV’s artsy trend.