Last weekend a large part of our team took the early morning flight from Berlin to London for the first ever Music Hack Day. Clad in SoundCloud t-shirts and thirsty for code (and caffeine) everyone was ready to showcase what could be built using our open API. With over 200 developers attending as well as teams from companies such as Last.fm, Songkick, Echonest and the BBC it was a gathering of some of the best people in digital music.
But what does all this talk of hacking and coding actually mean for you, the regular user of SoundCloud? What is an API and why should you care?
Our API exposes the full range of SoundCloud functionality to allow developers to make lots of cool tools on top of this platform that we are building. It might seem all geeky and technical but all you need to worry about is that these tools make it even easier for you to manage your music at SoundCloud, whether it’s iPhoneapps, desktop uploaders or dropboxmanagers.
It also means that there are even more reasons to check that little box when you upload your tracks. By giving access to stream your public tracks cool things like CitySounds.fm, TheCloudPlayer and RadioClouds can be built giving more people the opportunity to enjoy and play your music. All this makes SoundCloud one of the smartest places on the web to put your music. We’ll be telling you more about some of the best things built during Music Hack Day over the coming days and weeks.
WhaSoup.io, people? Last week during Music Hack Day in London we had the chance to meet Christopher from micro-blogging platform Soup.io and quickly decided it would be a great idea to make it easy for users to share their SoundCloud tracks on Soup.io. Less than a week later and we’re all set!
If you have a (micro)blog over at Soup.io, you can now easily import publicly shared tracks from SoundCloud. Just head to your account, add any SoundCloud username to the list and it will automatically import the public tracks to your blog.
This is how your Soup.io blog looks after importing the tracks. Whenever you upload a public track to SoundCloud it will automatically be added. Pretty cool!
Also, much like the Posterous integration, whenever you’re on a SoundCloud track page (or any other page with SoundCloud tracks embedded for that matter) you can use the Soup.io bookmarklet to post a track with just one click:
Hats off to Christopher and the Soup.io team for getting this great new feature live so quickly. Try it out.
This just in from our favorite film maker Nikolaj Belzer who was hanging out with the SoundCloud team at the Sónar Festival in Barcelona recently. As you can tell from the video it was hard work… and hard core raving.
The video includes highlights like Forss epically failing to iron his shirt, Fever Ray playing live at Sónar by Night, Henrik arguing about the power of Twitter with an english girl, and lots of great rooftop parties.