It’s been almost a week since we announced the new version of SoundCloud and opened it up to the web. Thanks so much for taking the time to write in, leave comments, and record voice messages with your thoughts. We’ve been listening to the feedback we’ve received from you, our community, and are working hard to address the points raised. We realize we could have communicated better and will improve this in the future. If you’ve not heard back from us directly, it’s because of the sheer volume of suggestions and comments we’ve received (over 60,000 since the beta started!) We hear you loud and clear.
We’ve often been asked how to build an audience and be heard on SoundCloud. To help with this, we focused on improving the listener experience, making discovery and sharing faster and easier with Search, Sets and Reposts, bringing larger audiences to you and your sounds.
Now that we’ve launched the new SoundCloud, we’re bringing our focus back to the points raised by you: improved Spotlight and profile presentation, more visible Groups, clearer Sets, interactive comments, and more.
In the past few days we’ve already deployed some improvements based on feedback (increased visibility of Groups, tweaked suggested users, restored 5 Spotlight items), and will continue to be making further changes over the coming days and weeks. One of the benefits of new SoundCloud is that it allows us to be much more agile and flexible with developments.
While we’re working on these changes, you can revert back to Classic SoundCloud for now by clicking on ‘More’ in the top right corner of page and then ‘Switch back to Classic SoundCloud’.
Keep an eye on our blog and Twitter feed for updates. Thanks again for letting us know what you think.
Earlier this year, we introduced our new audio series ‘SoundCloud Speaks‘, where we take an in-depth look into stories from the ‘cloud, and the users behind them. Today, we’re happy to present our third installment.
In this episode, Evan spoke to Steven Leckart, writer for Wired and Pop-Up Magazine, about how he uses audio recording (and SoundCloud) as part of both his work, and his personal life. For Steven, capturing sound isn’t just about recording words to transcribe, but saving a moment in time.
For more from Steven, head to his site, or Twitter.
‘SoundCloud Speaks‘ is your show, so let us know what you’d like to hear. If you have a story you’d like to tell, a question you’d like answered, or want to recommend a friend’s sounds for us to share, get in touch by either leaving a comment.
You can hear all previous episodes here.
Thanks again for listening, hope you enjoy!
(For more spoken word, check out our blog series ‘SoundCloud Voices’)
At SoundCloud we love to help you share your sounds, and be heard everywhere. The ability for your sounds to be integrated into other platforms and services plays a large part of this, which is why we’re excited to announce that your sounds can now be ‘pinned’ on Pinterest!
Pinterest enables users to create virtual pinboards of their favourite things; photos, sketches, websites, and now sounds! Other users’ pinboards can then be explored, and followed, great for discovering new content online.
When you pin a sound on Pinterest, it’s artwork will be displayed alongside your other pins, and the SoundCloud HTML5 widget will launch when the pin is clicked, perfect for listening whilst you browse. Shared sounds are fully attributed, and link back to their page on SoundCloud, so creators will always be credited.
To pin a sound you can either use Pinterest’s ‘Pin It’ bookmarklet, or copy the URL of the sound you want to share onto the site.
(As a bonus, if you’re using our Next SoundCloud private beta, you can even pin a sound directly from its share button on SoundCloud!)
We hope you have fun with SoundCloud and Pinterest. Happy pinning!