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David Music Hack Day Stockholm

A big hej hej from the Doberman HQ in Stockholm. We are very excited to be a part of Music Hack Day Stockholm. We have temporarily “moved” our office from Berlin to Stockholm for the Weekend to join the fun and excitement. (It’s a shame Alex couldn’t join us. We miss you!)

the SoundCloud team at the hackday

SoundCloud, along with other grrrreat companies (Spotify, Last.fm, The Echo Nest, Playdar, and more) and generous sponsors (Sony Ericsson, Spotify, and more), is in Stockholm for “the best #musichackday eva!!“.

In  spirit with other Music Hack Days, we are here to explore, conceptualize, develop and present top-notch music applications. Woot.  Join us by following the live-feed provided by Doberman!

I (jc) will keep you guys updated with our progress through out the hackday.

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Also check out some pictures: here and here.

David Connect with SoundCloud

With a lot of new integrations on the way and Music Hack Day coming up in Stockholm this weekend, we wanted to shed some light on what we call Connect with SoundCloud. The idea is to make it really easy for users to connect third-party apps and services to their SoundCloud accounts and thus get an even better flow for handling audio on the web.

Connect with SoundCloud is built on OAuth - “An open protocol to allow secure API authorization in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications” – also used by Twitter and YouTube among others. The main benefit is that you don’t have to store your SoundCloud login credentials in any third-party app or service.

There are two common use cases:

  • Export to SoundCloud: upload tracks to SoundCloud account from a third-party application. Case study: FiRe Field Recorder
  • Import from SoundCloud: transfer tracks from SoundCloud account to a third-party service. Case study: Abbey Road Online Mastering

The authorization flow is similar in both cases:

  • Click “Connect with SoundCloud” in the third-party app.
  • This opens up the connect page on our server.
  • You can login (or sign up for a new account) and allow access.
  • An authorization token is sent to the third-party app.
  • The app can store the token and access the account until the user revokes the access in the SoundCloud account settings. That way you’re able to revoke the access without changing your SoundCloud password and also to change your SoundCloud password without affecting the third-party authorization.

So when you see this button on a web page, you know that you’re only two clicks away from connecting the service to your SoundCloud account and let it accessing to your tracks.

To get started with the implementation:

Dave SoundCloud + The Hype Machine = ♥

hype-machine-logo We’re huge fans of the The Hype Machine at SoundCloud. And we have a sneaky suspicion that you might be too. Put simply, the The Hype Machine is the best place on the web to discover all the kick ass music that is being blogged about right now. They already use SoundCloud to host their fantastic radio show but we wanted to find a way to work more closely together. And we’re quite excited by the results.

The most important part of this is to tell you that The Hype Machine now detects SoundCloud players in the blogs that it aggregates. And as you probably know, the blog post and track are then sucked into the The Hype Machine. If you’re a blogger this means that you can use our players even more now and know that your post will show up on The Hype Machine.

This is exciting news in itself, but wait, it doesn’t stop there. When a fan listens to that track on The Hype Machine it’s actually streamed directly from SoundCloud. This means that if you’re the artist or label that has uploaded the track you’ll actually get stats on the number of times it has been played on The Hype Machine – as well as knowing exactly which blogs embedded your music in the first place. We’ve been busy building the most kick-ass stats for our users as possible and we think this is a great addition.

We think that this is all rather badass. The Hype Machine and the music blogs serve a massively important role in fans discovering new and exciting music. And it’s often the blogosphere that helps interesting new acts break to a wider audience. We’re thrilled to be part of that ecosystem, by allowing artists and labels to serve tracks directly to music bloggers via SoundCloud. And hopefully at the same time eliminating a lot of the hustle for the bloggers having to re-upload tracks to their own servers or use generic services like zmegasupersendfile.com

Here’s just a few of the releases you should be getting excited about. Go blog about them!