Why you do not need music on your website

I’ve posted about how unnecessary and annoying it is to have music embeded in your blog before (back in December 2004), but now with the proloferation of MySpace type sites with their stupid profiles littered with music, clients again think that it must be “cool” to have it.

Well, instead of ranting on about it again, I came across this article on Seomoz.org which lists nine arguments to use when you need to convince a client that their site doesn’t need music.

It’s obtrusive: Having music playing in the background can interrupt whatever is currently coming through the users speakers. Many people use their computers as media stations that play music and video. Having this suddenly interrupted is the equivalent of having a newspaper that jumps off the table and wraps around your head like a facehugger and starts laying headlines in your throat. There’s probably a better example to use when actually speaking to the client, but you get the idea: It’s forcing something down the users throat they didn’t ask for. Users expect web pages to contain useful information, not carry a tune.