Thousands of Last.fm users have called on the social music site to revert to its old look after the social music site redesigned on Thursday. Over 8,500 members have joined an on-site group, Bring Back The Old Last.fm and the blog post announcing the changes has been closed to comments after receiving 2,000 messages. This is par for the course with the redesign of any community website in which members feel invested and which has been unchanged for several years – any major site worth its salt tends to attract suspicion through any period of change, before the changes settle in and are accepted.
Last.fm had been testing the reboot extensively with paying subscribers since May 21, when we were first to bring you a preview of the site, a process that yielded 13,234 pieces of feedback and 7,856 posts and which included two real-world user testing sessions. But, with the upgrade now public, many are unimpressed, comparing CBS’ (NYSE: CBS) $280 million purchase to Facebook and reporting technical problems. This campaign is quite large; many also said they like it, however.