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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.

Brendan Upcoming change to Classic SoundCloud

On Thursday of this week, we’ll be shutting down the option to go back to the Classic view of SoundCloud. We appreciate that this change is one that some of you would rather we not make, but to enable us to focus our energies on creating a more unified SoundCloud experience, it’s a necessary step.

There are an incredible number of complex engineering issues involved in running two SoundClouds at a global scale. As we’ve grown, the difficulties of keeping both sites stable and communicating with each other have also grown. With this transition, we are choosing to build for the future in a newer, more stable code base over maintaining aging code.

More than a year ago, we launched Next SoundCloud. At this point, many of the features from Classic SoundCloud have been moved over or relaunched, including Upload, Messages, and Stats. We are committed to improving existing features and are constantly developing new ways for people to discover music and audio and to connect artists with their audience.

Our dedication to the SoundCloud community remains our core value, right where it’s been since we launched back in 2008. We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are for your passion and dedication as members of the SoundCloud community. You’ve been an integral part of making SoundCloud what it is today and you inspire us. We’re looking forward to everything that comes next.

Please check to make sure your browser is up to date before Thursday. If you need further assistance accessing your account related to this change after Thursday, please email us.

 

Jane Congratulations to the final winner of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! Contest

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More than 6,400 entries later, the final winner of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! Contest on SoundCloud is 22-year-old Daniel Suett from London. Daniel will now join the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop studio full-time in Los Angeles. Hear his interview with Hans on NPR’s Weekend Edition here.

Daniel Suett is a 22-year-old composer from London who comes from a musical family as his father was a jazz trumpet player. “I would often listen to the things he was playing and work them out on a small keyboard I had when I was a child. From then on, I was always writing little phrases and it grew from there. I never took it seriously, however, until I was about 19.”

Daniel says the contest’s constraints made it the perfect creative challenge for him to utilize different musical styles. “I mostly tried to list all the genres and musical styles that some of the stems lent themselves well to, particularly the solo vocal as it had the most potential in terms of diversity. From there, it was a lot of playing around on the piano trying to see how fragments of the stems could be harmonically manipulated, and then matching up certain harmonies and colors with appropriate genres and styles.”

Stats on SoundCloud have been valuable to Daniel in reaching his audience and connecting with other musicians globally. “To be able to see such detailed statistics on your music and how you are connected over the globe is a very valuable tool. Thanks to SoundCloud, I now think there is no excuse for anyone who makes music to say that they don’t know how to reach an audience. When you have the available tools and flexibility, it makes you want to utilize it.”

Congratulations, Daniel!

Lastly, thank you to all the participants who showcased their tremendous hard work and creativity for this contest. We hope to hear more from you again.