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: 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.

SoundCloud Connects With Sonos

We love making great connections with other innovative companies in tech and music. So today we’re happy to be announcing a new partnership with Sonos, the wireless hi-fi system.

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It’s simple: thanks to the new integration, you can play your favorite SoundCloud tracks and playlists in HiFi at home on Sonos, using Sonos’ controller app.  You’ve already used SoundCloud to connect with your favorite artists: now, with a click of a button, they can send their freshest tracks and playlists direct to your home. Easy.

Find the original Sonos post on our main blog.

Introducing Our New Mini Player

We’ve just released the new HTML5-based mini player and if we do say so ourselves, it’s looking mighty good.

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The mini player is available to Pro/Pro Unlimited users. You can find it by clicking ‘Share’ on any of your tracks and clicking through to the embed dialogue. Select between a light and dark scheme, and choose from a variety of colours for the play button and playing progress.

Our eye-catching artwork player can be color-customized in the same way, but the new mini player offers an embed with a much smaller visual footprint. Enjoy!

Note: your existing flash embeds will continue to work, and the flash fallback for older browsers still exists.

Big news: All-new iPhone app launches

Big news: today, our all-new iPhone app is ready for you.

When we say all-new, we mean all-new. It’s beautifully simple. With a focus on the best possible listening experience, users will be able to experience more of your content, and for a longer period of time. You have voiced your thoughts and we have optimized the mobile application to make the experience easier to use.

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You can control everything with your thumb. Tap anywhere to play and pause. Swipe to skip tracks. Slide along the waveform to explore a track and its artwork. See the likes, playlists and posts of any user right up front on their profile — nothing is hidden behind tabs. Learn more about what you can do with the app here.

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As we focused on making the best possible listening experience, we decided to remove the Record button. For those of you who want to record and post audio to SoundCloud from your phones, Retronym’s new AudioCopy app is a great solution. (If you have recorded sounds stored on your iPhone, read this before installing the new app.)

Download it from the App Store. 

 

Podcast settings now available in the new uploader

Good news for podcasters! A few months ago, we released a brand new uploader that is significantly simpler and more stable than the old, Flash-based one.

Since the initial release, we’ve made regular updates to the product, and we’re happy to announce the latest – podcasters can now select the “feedable” setting for your sound right from the upload screen.

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Find yourself frequently checking/unchecking this option? You can change your default setting at http://soundcloud.com/settings/extra

Stats Update: Top Cities

Good news everyone, after recently re-designing our Stats page to ensure that you can access your data quicker and easier, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve rolled out city data for Pro Unlimited account holders.

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Ever wondered how many fans are listening to your tracks for example in London, New York or Sydney? Well, now you can easily find out in your Stats by clicking the Top Cities tab next to Top Countries.

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Using these newly updated stats you can plan your latest tour based on your top cities. If you’re seeing the same city appear at the top of this section month after month then this is where you can find your truly dedicated fans.

For more information on getting the most from your SoundCloud stats take a read through these detailed SoundCheck posts.

Join us for #comedymonth

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Funny Or Die is presenting Comedy Month on SoundCloud! Head over to comedymonth.soundcloud.com to check out all the awesome comedy content they’ve helped bring together.

Throughout the month of April, Funny or Die will be creating a new weekly playlist, Comedy Central will be uploading a new piece of stand up every day and we’ll be updating the featured profiles regularly, so make sure you check back often.

Pretty cool, right? Well, you’re invited to the party, too!

Continue reading this article.

Hear What’s Happening: The Next Explore

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We’re always excited to help you find the latest and greatest new music & audio on SoundCloud. Today, it gets even easier to hear what’s happening in the SoundCloud community: we’ve released the new Explore feature on the web and our Android app.

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Explore provides a new way to discover trending music & audio, with multiple feeds of the freshest content. ‘Trending Music’ and ‘Trending Audio’ are new tracks that people are playing, liking and reposting on SoundCloud (they could be tomorrow’s big hits). You can also browse to see what’s popular and fresh in your favorite genres. On Android, you can click play once and Explore takes it from there, with new tracks queued up by our system, based on their similarity to the first track you played.

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Explore is great for creators, too: it’s a new way for your track to get heard by an even bigger audience. If one of your tracks is getting lots of attention, there’s a chance our algorithm will incorporate it into one or more Explore feeds.

Stay tuned for further updates: we’re working on building great ways to discover new music & audio across all SoundCloud platforms, for all of our users. In the meantime, check out the new Explore feature on the web, or download the SoundCloud app for Android.

Originally posted on the SoundCloud blog

Hear what’s happening: SoundCloud and Instagram

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We love helping you make your music & audio sound great. But we know you want them to look great, too. Which is why we’re launching a new integration with Instagram to make it easier than ever to add your favorite photos to your SoundCloud posts and profile.

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It’s easy. Connect your Instagram feed to your SoundCloud account.  Then you’ll be free to choose your best photos to add to your tracks, playlists, groups, or profile. You can do it straight away when you post on SoundCloud, or add Instagram images later on the sound or track’s page. Looking for inspiration?

Kaskade and Krewella have already hooked it up.

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Your Instagrams: the next generation of iconic album covers? We can’t wait to see what you have to share.

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Want to chat about ideas of using this in your artist campaigns? Reach out to the SoundCloud music team by clicking on ‘Get in touch’ on the right hand column.