Yearly Archives: 2010

David SoundCloud Android

Yeah, we’ve heard you – you’ve been patiently waiting for this one. It was a challenge for us to keep this a secret for a few months and that makes it even more exciting to be finally announcing the release of the official SoundCloud app for Android.

One quick note before we start: we wanted to release the app in time for the holidays and we’ll continue the development of the app so if you’re comparing the features to the ones available on the iPhone version and missing something, don’t worry, new updates will happen rapidly.

SoundCloud Android:

The official SoundCloud Android app lets you easily access, browse and listen to the sounds shared to you while you’re on the road and away from your computer. The app also includes recording functionality that lets you capture any sound around you and instantly save it in the ‘Cloud.  Stay tuned, plenty more to come too.

Features include:

  • Record: capture and share your sounds on the go, wherever you are
  • Browse, listen to and favorite sounds shared with you exclusively and on your Dashboard
  • Visualize your sounds with the SoundCloud waveform and use it to seek inside a track
  • Find and follow any SoundCloud user within the app
  • Background playback

The next update will include sharing to Facebook & Twitter and also the ability to comment.

To get the app, scan the QR code at the bottom of this post with your Android phone, or open the Android Market Place on your phone, search for “SoundCloud” and download the app for free. Below are some some screenshots of how it looks:

And the QR code for the app:

For the free iPhone version of the app, click here and browse our App Gallery for more mobile, desktop and web apps.

How about that? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Holidays!

David Stratus – a horizontal player for your website or blog

Attention! Stratus has been updated to 2.0. Learn more about it here!

“A stratus cloud is a cloud belonging to a class characterized by horizontal layering with a uniform base…” – Wikipedia

(Finally.. an opportunity to use a “cloud” reference in one of my open source apps.)

Stratus is a jQuery powered SoundCloud player that lives at the bottom (or top) of your website or blog and enables visitors to listen to SoundCloud tracks & sets. The best way to explain how Stratus works is to simply see it in action. Head over to stratus.heroku.com or just click play on the video below:

Simple and effective. So what makes Stratus so special? Three things:


1. Installation

Installing Stratus on your website or blog is as easy as including a stylesheet and a few javascript files. Check stratus.heroku.com for the bits of code you’ll need to add, as well as Tumblr and Ning specific instructions. (WordPress incoming)

2. Customization

Stratus has a slew of built in customization options that range from whether it auto plays to if it appears at the top or bottom of the page. Refer to the chart on stratus.heroku.com to see all configuration options.

Also, since Stratus is constructed in HTML and CSS you can completely customize the look of it. I’d suggest looking at the outputted source code for starts. And for those of you who are really adventurous, you’ll find the source SCSS here. Just include your adjustments after the included stratus.css stylesheet.

3. Accessibility

In addition to SoundCloud track and set urls, Stratus can also play links to user accounts and favorites. Simply include the appropriate links in your installation: soundcloud.com/leemartin, soundcloud.com/matas/favorites.

Finally, the player is smart enough to know your browser/os environment and choose the best playback for each. Which means it works well on iPhones and iPads. Yay for universal accessibility!


Stratus is already being used by some great websites and blogs like seamsmusic.com. If you have one to add to the list, a suggestion, or a bug, please send me an email or contact me on Twitter @leemartin.

I really hope you guys enjoy this one. Happy Holidays!

P.S. Special thanks goes out to Matas Petrikas for his work on our custom player library and Bear Bibeault & Yehuda Katz for jQuery in Action, Second Edition. Both of which were crucial in the creation of this player.

David This Week in Tumblr: 36 interviews, Maps & Atlases, AmpKit, Chrome app, and Cage Against the Machine

A bunch of stuff happened last week on our Tumblr blog: more ways to use our recording feature, new methods in how to embed our player, and of course competitions!

Sunday

Tuesday

Logo of Maps and Atlases single

Wednesday

Screenshot of DFA Records website

Thursday

It's a screenshot of the Chrome App Store with our SoundCloud app on it.

Friday


Latest tracks by RemixAgainstTheMachine