I`m not a big fan of the music on websites, either.
Especially when it`s that creepy, toy piano horror-movie background kind-of-stuff.
Does the customer really get anything out of it? I believe it`s a relic of the early Internet days when more was always better.
I don`t care for music on websites either. I think you run the risk of turning off potential customers who don`t have the same music preference as you do. When I worked in an office I drew a lot of attention when there was a sudden burst of loud music. I, personally, like sites that have the sounds of birds singing and other nature sounds but I don`t plan to put any sound on my site. Even they get annoying after a while.
Yeah, mostly I`d say don`t do it since it can really be annoying.
The only time that it adds to the site for me is when I visit the Shack-Up Inn`s site in Mississippi. They are in the heart of Delta blues country, plus they`re pretty funky anyway, and it makes sense.
In the past, I assisted in the design of websites. Should you decide to implement a website ensure the music meets the following criteria:
- The music has a "sound off" option
- Should you require individuals to log in to check messages etc...ensure that the music is NOT running in the module
- If an online shopping experience, only have your music on the home page. Online shopping sites are used for 1+ hrs per user and no one wants to listen to the Days of Our Lives theme song 1000 times!
just to mix it up... be a little contrarian... i thought i`d provide a link to a site where music actually might make sense.
the site was submitted to me as a candidate for a "Cool Company of the Day" in our blog... but didn`t make the cut... still, i think music can work in the most special situations... give a visit... or should i say, give a listen(!)...
Gee, thanks Rich, now I know that there`s a Beauty Bar opening in Austin (where I`m moving in a month) so I can prepare my wallet.
And OK, the audio wasn`t THAT annoying on this site, and there`s a button so you can quickly turn it off.
PS Will let you know if spending money there makes me beeyootiful. :)