New Podcasting Feature: Custom Titles for RSS Feeds

SoundCloud usernames are intentionally kept short to keep things looking tidy everywhere they need to be displayed – embedded players, mobile apps, etc. But we also understand that sometimes podcasters want to use longer, descriptive titles for their podcasts so apps like iTunes can pull in all relevant metadata.

Today, we’re pleased to announce custom titles for RSS feeds.

You can create a custom podcast title for your RSS feed by going to http://soundcloud.com/settings/extra and filling out the field next to “Custom feed title.”

If no text is entered, your SoundCloud username will be used as the title of your podcast.

Want to join the podcasting beta? More info here.

Introducing SoundCloud Tracks in your Twitter Timeline with Audio Cards

Get ready to play some fresh SoundCloud tracks in your Twitter timeline on your mobile. Starting today, some SoundCloud creators can use Twitter’s new audio cards to share music & audio right in their followers’ Twitter timelines on both iOS and Android devices. Just hit the big play button to hear them. Even bigger news: soon, we’re making this new feature open to everyone.

SoundCloud Partners with Twitter on new Audio Cards

We’re launching Twitter audio cards with a small group of music & audio creators to begin with, including This American Life (@thisamerlife), NASA (@nasa) and The White House (@whitehouse), as well as David Guetta (@davidguetta), Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) and Zeds Dead (@whoszed). And in the coming weeks, we’ll be making the cards available to anyone who posts on SoundCloud. Everyone using Twitter on mobile will be able to hear what you’ve shared right there in their timeline. It’s a beautiful, integrated playing experience — you can even dock the audio card if you want to continue browsing in the Twitter app.

We’re excited to be working with Twitter to be the platform that’s making audio cards available to everyone, from global superstars to bedroom beatmakers. It’s just one more way that we’re collaborating with all kinds of partners to build the best creator tools for you.

Things Are Looking Better On The Web

Every day at SoundCloud we’re working to make our platform the best place to hear music & audio on the web. And today we’re excited to tell you that we’re amping up the way that things look, too.

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Visuals are a crucial component of how you choose to share your music & audio, and now they’ll be backing every track on the web as they do on our iOS and Android apps and embedded players.

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That’s not all — browsing a playlist is easier now that you can scroll through all of the tracks in your stream — no need to click over to the playlist’s page. Reading the comments on a waveform is faster, and when you go to add yours, the rest will fade into the background, making it easier for you to focus.  All of the comments and full replies are now available on the main track pages.

And for those who want to dig deeper into the details of what they’re hearing, we’ve moved all the essential info into one overlay: click ‘Read More’ to see it all in one place.

This original post can be found over on the main SoundCloud blog.

Chuck Inglish: Support From Your Network

In previous posts we’ve covered setting up your own contests and engagement initiatives on SoundCloud, as well as how to use features like Timed Comments, Reposting and Playlists to connect with the community.

SoundCloud is ideal for working with blogs and media partners when it comes to promoting track premieres, album streams, or any other creative initiative. We know that remix contests are a great way to give back to the community and work closely with some of your biggest fans, and one of the best ways to give your contest the launch it deserves is to reach out to your network of blogs and like-minded artists and ask for their support.

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In his recent remix contest for “Legs” Chuck Inglish collaborated with djbooth.net, asking them to embed the track stems the link to the SoundCloud group for submissions. This gave the contest an official landing page, helping entrants find information quickly and easily. Chuck’s network combined with the extended reach of djbooth.net also ensured that the contest reached new fans and spread the message about his contest effectively.

Contact blogs you’ve worked closely with on other campaigns, or try out a brand new partner to gauge success. Explore your SoundCloud stats to decipher which sites are bringing you the most traffic and engage with them help promote your campaigns and spread your message to a wider audience.

Click here to read more about contests on SoundCloud, and here for more info on Stats.

 

Skrillex Selects: Artists As Tastemakers

Recently we learnt that on top of consistently sharing music through his own SoundCloud profile and imprint Mad Decent Diplo created another outlet to share his tastes with the masses via his brand new Diplo Approved SoundCloud profile.

Another platform heavyweight, Skrillex, has adopted a similar approach, setting up his own curated profile entitled “Skrillex Selects.”

Skrillex is renowned for having his finger on the pulse when it comes to new music up-and-coming producers. His own label OWSLA has acted as an incubator for plenty of stars while Nest HQ and OWSLA IV have been set upin an effort to promote new talent.

In this instance, he’s again providing lesser-known artists and producers with a huge level of visibility.

This is another great example of artists using our curation features to bring exposure to aspiring creators, as well as giving the artists themselves the ability to share the creativity on SoundCloud that inspires them.

Discover more ways in which artists are using SoundCloud’s curation features in unique ways here.

Exploring The World Of Rustie’s Green Language, Using SoundCloud’s API

Warp Records artist Rustie and developer Hunter Loftis have teamed up to create an impressive interactive game, celebrating Rustie’s new record Green Language.

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Players are dropped into the world of Green Language with opening track ‘Workship.’ The following result is a first-person hypercolor cubist journey, rewarding each player with a new track once the prize of each level is found. Players successful in discovering the songs and completing the world are rewarded with a full stream of ‘Green Language’ before it’s release 25/26 August. Loftis uses advanced JS and some expert tinkering with the SoundCloud API to open up new doors for fan interaction.

“The game’s dreamlike lighting system was designed to complement the surreal quality of Rustie’s music.”
- Hunter Loftis

Grant Bussinger from Warp explains: “SoundCloud was a natural choice for Warp and Rustie. We have a tremendous love affair with the platform and have used it for many of our artists projects – it was a perfect fit for the game.”

Check out the game over at greenlanguage.rustie.net and take a read through other custom SoundCloud campaigns for further inspiration.

Introducing: On SoundCloud

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As you’ll have seen on the SoundCloud blog, we’re excited to announce our creator partner program, On SoundCloud.

The biggest news: in addition to the benefits of Pro (advanced tools and features, and detailed stats), artists on the Premier tier will now have the option to place advertising against their uploads, for a share in revenue. This means that we’ll be introducing occasional advertising onto SoundCloud. We’re launching ads in the US only for now, with a select group of brands. If you’re in the US, you’ll start to experience occasional ads from our brand partners. We’re bringing ads on gradually. In addition to supporting creators, ads will keep the service free and open for people to listen to SoundCloud. Audio ads will only be served on the content of Premier Partners with their explicit consent. If you have a Free, Pro or Pro Unlimited account, you will not have any audio ads placed on your tracks.

At the moment, the Premier tier is invite-only, but we’ll be rolling it out to more partners every month. We’ll keep you posted on all the developments.

This is just the beginning for On SoundCloud: alongside our brand new Creator Guide, there will be more tools, support, offerings and opportunities coming down the line. Thank you for the time you’ve spent with us so far, helping us to build the platform alongside you as you’ve built fan bases, communities and careers. We’re excited to keep growing on this journey together.

HTML in Track, Playlist and Profile Descriptions

We want let you know about a recent change that will affect your profile on SoundCloud.

Your security is important to us, and we work hard to ensure SoundCloud is a safe place to be. We’re removing the ability to use HTML in profile and track descriptions, to prevent any malicious links that redirect to spam sites being hidden.

You’ll still be able add links to descriptions, but they will display as full URLs, rather than displaying as text that links.

Our developers have worked some magic to make things look good, whilst keeping us safe, so any disjointed HTML should be removed.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 13.17.05However, you may want to update your profile, playlist and track descriptions to make sure your profile still looks great. If you’re using any third-party tools to automatically update your description with links to tour dates, we recommend disabling this and making use of our Songkick intergration which you can read more about here.

We also recommend that you continue to make use of our customizable Buy Link feature on tracks and playlists to link out to online stores, websites or social networks.

There’s one small issue we’ve noticed with apostrophes displaying oddly in comments, we’ll address that ASAP. If you have any questions please contact your SoundCloud representative.

SoundCloud Stats: Websites

For extra clarity when diving into your SoundCloud stats, we’ve covered how to find out who is listening and how to focus on a specific period of time within the activity of your sounds. In this post we’re going to cover the Websites section of your stats.

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By clicking the Websites tab within your Stats you’re given a list of URLs: these highlight exactly what blogs, sites and other areas of the web you’re getting the most plays from.

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Crowdsourcing In Action: Basement Jaxx And powertothepeople.fm

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Electronic pioneers Basement Jaxx recently launched powertothepeople.fm – a global interactive project, specifically sourcing recreations of their track “Power To The People,” in every language, and in varying musical styles.

Check out this audio clip from Basement Jaxx member Felix Buxton who explains where the idea for the Power to the People project comes from and where it’s going.

Alongside this great audio clip from Felix, we sat down with Biscuit Productions‘ Simon Bisset to dive a littler deeper into this innovative campaign.


  • Can you tell us a bit about the story behind powertothepeople.fm?

Over the years Basement Jaxx have collaborated with many musicians and singers in the studio and in their live shows. I’m an old friend of the band and about 8 months ago we were talking about ideas that we could work on together, the idea of taking their spirit of collaboration to a much larger audience emerged. It was a perfect fit, it was the extension of what they’d been doing for years and they had a track called “Power To The People,” which spoke of the great things that can be achieved when people come together. We wanted to play with the digital platform, but also potentially do some good too…

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