Yearly Archives: 2014

Alex Introducing On SoundCloud, our new creator partner program

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Here’s some more detail about On SoundCloud, our new creator partner program. Here’s the full breakdown.

On SoundCloud has three tiers: Partner, Pro and Premier.

The Partner tier is for you if you’re just getting started: it’s free and easy to join the community, share your first track, receive feedback and get basic stats.

The Pro Partner level is a paid offering if you’re ready to take the next step On SoundCloud. Pros get more upload time, advanced tools, features like Spotlight and detailed stats. As an added benefit, at the Partner and Pro levels, we’ve increased upload time by 50% — you’ll get it automatically if you already have a Pro or free account.

At the Premier partner level, creators will have the opportunity to make money from their tracks through advertising. It also includes Pro features and more benefits. At launch, entry to the Premier tier is by invitation. Monetization occurs only on content when it’s played in the US. We’ll open up the program to more creators and more countries as fast as we can.

The introduction of advertising is an important step for creators. Every time you see or hear an ad, an artist gets paid. If you’re in the US, you’ll start to experience occasional ads from our brand partners. We’re bringing ads on gradually. In addition to supporting creators, ads will keep the service free and open for people to listen to SoundCloud. Audio ads will only be served on the content of Premier Partners with their explicit consent. If you have a Free, Pro or Pro Unlimited account, you will not have any audio ads placed on your tracks.

Creators have been at the heart of SoundCloud from the beginning. As we continue to develop our creator partner program we will bring you more tools, support, offerings and opportunities. We can’t wait to hear what you create On SoundCloud!

Evan SoundCloud Connects With Sonos

We love making great connections with other innovative companies in tech and music. So today we’re happy to be announcing a new partnership with Sonos, the wireless hi-fi system. SoundCloud + Sonos It’s simple: thanks to the new integration, you can play your favorite SoundCloud tracks and playlists in HiFi at home on Sonos, using Sonos’ controller app.  You’ve already used SoundCloud to connect with your favorite artists: now, with a click of a button, they can send their freshest tracks and playlists direct to your home. Easy.

Amir Shaikh We hear you

It’s been just over a week since we launched our brand new iPhone app, and we want to say thanks to all of you who’ve downloaded it, tried it out, and let us know what you think. It’s been great hearing from everyone who’s excited about the new app, and we’ve also really appreciated all of you who’ve gotten in touch to let us know ways in which you think we could make it better. We hear you.

When we started work on the iOS project, it was clear that we didn’t just need to do a redesign: to keep up with the incredible growth that’s been driven by everyone who uses SoundCloud, we needed to rewrite the entire iOS app from the ground up. Helping those of you who create music & audio build your audience is central to our mission at SoundCloud. We wanted to make the app friendly and welcoming so that more people can discover new artists, tracks and playlists.

Some products and features that we launch are more listener focused, while others, like city stats, are built specifically for creators. We are constantly working on new features for both creators and listeners and we will continue to do so. For those of you looking for a mobile record experience, we’ve partnered with Retronyms on the AudioCopy app, which lets you record on the go and upload directly to SoundCloud.

Keeping the products we build easy to use and straightforward to understand takes time. Simple is complex. What we released last week was just the first step: we’re already working on new features. Playlist creation is one of them: we understand how important it is for you to be able to create playlists in the app, but we wanted to rethink it completely, and knew this would take time. And we don’t just want to tell you about it: here’s an early look at what we’re working on.

Adding tracks to existing playlists: Playlist creation is a complex feature, but we want to make it feel simple, obvious and intuitive. So we’re using images and big targets to help you find the right playlist at a glance. Tapping the plus button will still allow you to create a new playlist, but we’re focusing on making it easier to add to the ones you’ve already built.

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Creating new playlists: We wanted to make this easier, too. No playlists yet? We’ll take you straight to the creation function, so you can skip a step. You’ll get an auto-suggested title so you don’t have to worry about creative naming when you’re out and about.

SoundCloudAnd unlike the old app, all your new playlists will be private by default — you can change them to public once you’re ready to share your great taste with the world. All in one tap.

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We’ll keep you posted on this and more upcoming developments. And we hope you’ll continue to keep us posted, too: being open is important to us, which is why we appreciate hearing from you when you’re frustrated, as well as when you love what we’re doing. Your passion and support is what keeps us moving forward.