Dave 5 reasons why SoundCloud is the best way to get music onto blogs

Right from the moment SoundCloud was conceived, we had one goal in mind. To make it as easy for you to upload and share your music. The vision was that you could put a track up on SoundCloud and make that the one place from which you could weave your music across the rich tapestry of the web. An essential part of that tapestry is the blogosphere. We think that SoundCloud is the best way to get music onto blogs and here’s 5 reasons why.

1) SoundCloud is beautifully simple

It’s so easy to get started. Set up a free account and upload your music in any audio format. You can add as much or as little metadata as you want including a description, buy links, video links, and release dates

2) Our players are the best in town

Our classic waveform player is now ubiquitous across the web. You’ve probably seen it quite a bit recently. But we’ve added two other players* specifically with bloggers and websites it mind. There’s the minimal player which we stripped back as much as possible. It’s literally just a play button next to artist name and track title. And there’s the artwork player. You’ve probably guessed already… it’s literally just your artwork, with a play button. So it looks beautiful on the page and the blogger doesn’t even need to add any cover art themselves. It’s right there, as the player.

3) SoundCloud plays nice with The Hype Machine

SoundCloud is the only service that has a streaming music player that The Hype Machine can detect across the blogs that it aggregates. This means that a music blogger can grab your music from SoundCloud and can customize and embed a beautiful player in a post, knowing that it will still show up on The Hype Machine. And it’s much nicer than having to send them an MP3 link or re-hosting it on one of those nasty generic file sharing sites.

4) Geek out on stats, stats and more stats

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like geeking out on stats? Who’s playing your music, which blogs are raving about it, what are your most popular tracks, how many times has that free track been downloaded? SoundCloud can now answer those questions. You can see how many plays/downloads came from which blogs and where in the world those listeners are*. And because The Hype Machine now plays tracks back directly from your SoundCloud account we know how many times it has been played there too.

5) It’s easy for bloggers

We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for bloggers to share your music. Many are already using our private or group dropboxes to receive music. Just some of the things we’ve done include making it possible to share a player to Blogger with just a couple of clicks, working with WordPress.com to have an official integration, allowing customization of our players, and of course the partnership with The Hype Machine. Of course we can’t force anyone to write about your music, but we can make it as easy as possible for you to share the music if they do want to.

*some features require premium accounts

  • http://markschoneveld.com Mark Schoneveld

    It goes without saying that I love what Soundcloud is doing, but if I may, I'd like to take a moment to offer some constructive criticism from the standpoint of a music blogger.

    I get sent tracks all the time from artists around the globe (probably at least a half dozen a week). I use my own dashboard to give everything a listen and see if any of the songs strike me.

    Problem: my Dropbox is cluttered. I can't organize stuff. It's hard to click through to an artist's webpage (finding links on their bio). I've set it up to only display 'Tracks Sent to Me' but other activity clutters the dash still.

    I realize I'm using Soundcloud a bit differently than an artist would. But with such a great feature as 'send me your track' widget, I would love to have more control over my inbox.

    Maybe you guys should have 'blogger accounts'?

  • http://markschoneveld.com Mark Schoneveld

    It goes without saying that I love what Soundcloud is doing, but if I may, I'd like to take a moment to offer some constructive criticism from the standpoint of a music blogger.

    I get sent tracks all the time from artists around the globe (probably at least a half dozen a week). I use my own dashboard to give everything a listen and see if any of the songs strike me.

    Problem: my Dropbox is cluttered. I can't organize stuff. It's hard to click through to an artist's webpage (finding links on their bio). I've set it up to only display 'Tracks Sent to Me' but other activity clutters the dash still.

    I realize I'm using Soundcloud a bit differently than an artist would. But with such a great feature as 'send me your track' widget, I would love to have more control over my inbox.

    Maybe you guys should have 'blogger accounts'?

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Mark, hey buddy!

    Thanks for your comment, valid points. Two things here:

    If your Dashboard is too cluttered, I'd suggest you browse the tracks sent to you here:

    http://soundcloud.com/tracks/others – and check the box saying “Only show…”. This will show you only tracks sent to you or to just a few people.

    Also, we just got a new guy working on an *awesome* app that will massively improve the management of incoming tracks. We feel that its an important feature but that could also easily bring too much additional complexity into the main site/app itself so we're making this a stand-alone app.

    Just saw the rough sketches of the next version and it's really going to be great, trust me ;)

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Mark, hey buddy!

    Thanks for your comment, valid points. Two things here:

    If your Dashboard is too cluttered, I'd suggest you browse the tracks sent to you here:

    http://soundcloud.com/tracks/others – and check the box saying “Only show…”. This will show you only tracks sent to you or to just a few people.

    Also, we just got a new guy working on an *awesome* app that will massively improve the management of incoming tracks. We feel that its an important feature but that could also easily bring too much additional complexity into the main site/app itself so we're making this a stand-alone app.

    Just saw the rough sketches of the next version and it's really going to be great, trust me ;)

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Mark, hey buddy!

    Thanks for your comment, valid points. Two things here:

    If your Dashboard is too cluttered, I'd suggest you browse the tracks sent to you here:

    http://soundcloud.com/tracks/others – and check the box saying “Only show…”. This will show you only tracks sent to you or to just a few people.

    Also, we just got a new guy working on an *awesome* app that will massively improve the management of incoming tracks. We feel that its an important feature but that could also easily bring too much additional complexity into the main site/app itself so we're making this a stand-alone app.

    Just saw the rough sketches of the next version and it's really going to be great, trust me ;)

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    One more thing: if you have suggestions about what such an app should be able to do, feel free to send them along (you know how to reach me).

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    One more thing: if you have suggestions about what such an app should be able to do, feel free to send them along (you know how to reach me).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Henderson/503454660 David Henderson

    Here's #6… because you can track sources….. NOT….

    I'm a huge fanboy of SoundCloud! Here's my one rant…

    I love your service but you shouldn't tier your pricing by stats. In fact, you should add more stats and better ways to slice and dice those stats to all paid accounts.

    In the world of socialized music this data is critical for artists! Where's the bump?

    All stats all the time PLEASE. Pretty PLEASE! It's not like this data in not already in your databases…….

    Thanks for a great service!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Henderson/503454660 David Henderson

    Here's #6… because you can track sources….. NOT….

    I'm a huge fanboy of SoundCloud! Here's my one rant…

    I love your service but you shouldn't tier your pricing by stats. In fact, you should add more stats and better ways to slice and dice those stats to all paid accounts.

    In the world of socialized music this data is critical for artists! Where's the bump?

    All stats all the time PLEASE. Pretty PLEASE! It's not like this data in not already in your databases…….

    Thanks for a great service!

  • http://twitter.com/JustifiedMusic Dmitry

    Please add an option to write few words to recipient while sending a track.
    This would be a huge advantage!
    >Also, we just got a new guy working on an *awesome* app that will
    >massively improve the management of incoming tracks.

  • http://twitter.com/JustifiedMusic Dmitry

    Please add an option to write few words to recipient while sending a track.
    This would be a huge advantage!
    >Also, we just got a new guy working on an *awesome* app that will
    >massively improve the management of incoming tracks.

  • http://twitter.com/JustifiedMusic Dmitry

    Great points!

  • http://twitter.com/JustifiedMusic Dmitry

    Great points!

  • http://www.3sonsproductions.com/ 3SonsProductions

    Are you guys working on better integration with Tumblr? Right now you have to post a soundcloud track as a video for it to show up in someone's stream.

    Thanks,
    Yianni

  • http://www.3sonsproductions.com/ 3SonsProductions

    Are you guys working on better integration with Tumblr? Right now you have to post a soundcloud track as a video for it to show up in someone's stream.

    Thanks,
    Yianni

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    We love Tumblr and we're in touch with the fine folks over there :)

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    We love Tumblr and we're in touch with the fine folks over there :)

  • http://www.3sonsproductions.com/ 3SonsProductions

    Great!

  • http://www.3sonsproductions.com/ 3SonsProductions

    Great!

  • bfrankemusic

    Great article promoting yourselves. I had not heard of this until today and will be checking it out! Must get my music out there.

    Brian Franke
    Singer/Songwriter
    http://www.brianfranke.com
    @bfrankemusic (Twitter)

  • bfrankemusic

    Great article promoting yourselves. I had not heard of this until today and will be checking it out! Must get my music out there.

    Brian Franke
    Singer/Songwriter
    http://www.brianfranke.com
    @bfrankemusic (Twitter)

  • http://www.djseller.com/ dj equipment

    Well seemed to be an excellent application. But after joining for free and uploading four of my talks in .wav format,for shake of time I took the html code of 1 and 2 of my talks that was displayed in share button.

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