David New update: Spotlight, Profile Links & Search Your Own Tracks

Big news today you guys!

We just rolled out an update to the site introducing a set of new features that we implemented solely based on your feedback of the past months. We’re really excited about this update and hope you’ll enjoy it too. Let’s get right onto it, shall we:

Spotlight

One of the top requests we’ve received was to support a better way to control which of your tracks or sets should be displayed when people visit your SoundCloud profile. That’s why today, we’re introducing Spotlight, a new tab for your public profile. Spotlight comes with all Premium accounts and lets you select up to five tracks or sets to showcase your best work on your profile. You’re now able to select Spotlight as the default tab so that when people visit your profile, they’ll be able to listen to your finest tracks first. Here’s how it works:

First, go to your public profile and look for the settings icon on the upper right of your profile tabs. Click and it will reveal the selection of tabs you want others to see first when they visit your profile. Click “Add Spotlight tab”:

In the selection window that opens now, you’ll find a list of your tracks and sets. Click to select which track and/or set you want to see included in your Spotlight tab. You can select up to five items – tracks or sets:

Click “Save Spotlight tab” and you’re all set. You now have a new tab on your profile called “Spotlight”:

You on the Web

One of the advanced profile settings is You on the web where you are able to add links to your other presences on the web. Today we’re adding a way to link yourself to your accounts on other popular services on the web.

Access your advanced profile settings where you can add your username or profile urls of other services you use. If you have already connected your Facebook, MySpace or Twitter accounts in your Extensions, they’ll be automatically listed and you can simply click “Add to profile” to show it on your profile:

Search own Tracks

And last but not least, we’re adding the ability to search for your own tracks within your account. In your Tracks tab you’ll now see a little field on the top of the page that lets you search your own tracks.

In other under-the-hood news, our architecture and ops teams have been busy working on making the stats more robust. We are well aware of the rain clouds you’ve been seeing lately and in the next few days/weeks, we’ll gradually roll out improvements to the stats architecture that will improve the general performance of the site, starting with Premium users.

We hope you like what you see, as always: let us know in the comments.

  • tasin

    dope update right here

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Dope comment right there, thanks!

    David

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

    Sweet update! I’ve been waiting for the ability to search your own tracks for a while. And the ‘you on the web’ is a great addition. Nice work.

  • Kydphockz

    kodos on the update! next thing you guys should do is make the groups that we have joined alphabetical so that we can find perticular groups easier! :p

  • polarist

    WOW WHAT AN UPDATE!! im on a slow connection so it was probaly me crashing soundcloud,!(just kidding)..runs much faster! as for the new spotlight.sweet!

  • http://hugokant.com Hugo Kant

    loving all three new features !

  • soundcloud lover

    cool stuff … it would be rad to see some movement soon on the UI problem of obstructive comments described/discussed here:

    http://support.soundcloud.com/soundcloud/topics/how_do_i_hide_comments_on_tracks_im_listening_to_by_default

    (other readers: please click “i have this question too” if you feel similarly)

  • http://twitter.com/mannypardeller mannypardeller

    Thumb up

  • http://soundcloud.com/marcel-warnas Info

    Big up guys!! Especially the Spotlight feature!

  • Anonymous

    Love the Spotlight Tab. Thanks..

  • http://twitter.com/VladSolovjov Vlad Solovjov

    Yay! Soundcloud is getting better every day! It makes my music production easier! Big UP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/THESLYUK Sylwester Rozmus

    Nice one :)

  • http://twitter.com/Inofaith Inofaith

    The new spotlight is G-R-E-A-T, I always used one Set to showcase my best work (it had about 4 or 5 worthwhile pieces), but I felt it missed out on the full glory of the waveform players. THANKS!

    And thanks for adding/improving the “You on the web” feature… I had a links list in html without icons on my profile for a year and tried having it look appealing, looks very neat now.

    (also the importing of the mini icons on sites like vimeo and flickr is well implemented)

  • http://twitter.com/ProfXavier Tyrus(Prof.)Xavier

    Definitely loving these recent upgrades.
    Thanks, SoundCloud. :D


    Might I suggest the ability to search through one’s favorites?

  • karmadrum

    soundcloud have a great groove with a giant backbeat :-)

  • Mr Worry

    Thanks for soundcloud in general and the new features in particular.
    For future updates, it’d be nice to be able to send a track to several groups all at once (by a tick-box system perhaps), rather than having to add it to them one at a time. If you send your tracks to more than one or two groups, it can be a little time-consuming.

  • http://twitter.com/kittenpyramid Scott Marson

    All of the new updates are awesome – great work..:) http://www.soundcloud.com/kittenpyramid

  • Ander

    What about using the favicon of the webpage that is linked via “you on the web” or “other link” as an icon for that page instead of the dark grey round thingy?

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Thanks for the suggestion, we’ll consider it for the future!

    David

  • http://twitter.com/Decksharks_Rec Decksharks Records
  • kylierose

    that’s awesome guys. thanks for all your great work :)

  • X Nation

    can you get soundcloud to support the “&” character please.

    You can see how it looks in your screenshot for “you on the web” in davids blurb.

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    This is only in the edit field. If you go the the live page, it displays the
    ampersand correctly.

  • Most

    OK… seems like a good feature, but how do I change the tracks in Spotlight?!

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Click the pen icon in the settings icon on the profile tabs

  • BadmanBrown

    Gets better with every update, looking forward to the next one!
    I think in the next one you should create a “Now Playing” tool bar somewhere easily accessible on the page. I find playing through the news stream, my favourites or through an artists tracks, can be a pain to scroll and find the track currently being played to stop it. This is especially annoying on minimal-style tracks. cheers

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Thanks for the feedback! We’ll take it into consideration

  • http://twitter.com/Raaphorst Marco Raaphorst

    great new features thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Raaphorst Marco Raaphorst

    Few comments though:
    – “You on the web’ is only available for logged in users not for anonymous visitors. This is a little strange.
    – Your Website link is not a nice name, because for a vistitor the ‘you’ is referring to what?

  • http://www.edhardyhub.com ed hardy

    you’ll now see a little field on the top of the page that lets you search your own tracks.

  • http://www.shakkirules.com/ Shakki

    Oh god I love Soundcloud.

    -Vanhainkoti

  • ClasticDj

    Gracias por hacer las cosas como las hacéis, saludos ClasticDj

  • Myfunkyhat

    Spotlight feature is just what was needed, thanks ;)

  • Jackens

    soundcloud.com/chris-bennett

  • http://twitter.com/antuan_graftio Antuan Graftio

    Super

  • Mikekohler8

    Nice improvements. Thank you!

  • Tom_flynn

    a ‘Beatport’ OnTheWeb button would be good. I know you can link tracks to beatport, just a suggestion.

  • http://twitter.com/saddet saddet

    finally! great update!

  • http://blazetripp.com Blaze Tripp

    That spotlight thing has been needed for a while now. Good work :)

  • http://twitter.com/djkdub Kelly Williams

    I like the spotlight idea but It would be nice if all of my other songs would show up right after the 5 spotlights. For some people that come to soundcloud for the first time, they might think I only have 5 songs available. I think some people won’t see or will miss pushing on the track tab and move on.

    Just a thought, I love Soundcloud!

    Kelly
    http://www.soundcloud.com/k-dub

  • Nancygtc

    Soundcloud is my music paradise!!! I just wish there was a separate file where you could see the private tracks that others send to you…anyway,you’re doing a great job!!!

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    You can: go to http://soundcloud.com/tracks/others and tick the box that
    says: “only show…” Same for people you’re following:
    http://soundcloud.com/tracks/following

    Thanks for the love!

    David

  • http://www.choicecuts.com Loughlin

    Forgive me if I’m wrong but non-logged in users cannot see the spotlight tab. If this is the case then excuse me while I bash my head off the corner the desk I am sitting at!!! I just want the public to see our latest 12″ release, not the last podcast one of our DJs uploaded. This is so nearly what we’ve been asking for for months but only usable if you are a logged-in SC user, makes no sense to me???

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Nope all good. Log out and have a look at your public profile. I could see the Spotlight tab.

    Cheers, David

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Wait, something’s up. Will check and fix. Thanks for the pointer.

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Wait, something’s up. Will check and fix. Thanks for the pointer.

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    Update: this is fixed now!

  • Loughlin

    Well David, very impressed that SC fixed this! We are once again enamoured by Soundcloud :) We have been waiting for this for so long – you’re developers and UX guys nailed it!

  • http://david-noel.com David Noël

    That’s great to hear, thanks Loughlin!

    Thanks also for tweet just now!

    Enjoy your weekend,

    David

  • http://twitter.com/jacobkart Jacob Kart

    really nice updates, spotlight in particular.