Every day at SoundCloud we’re working to make our platform the best place to hear music & audio on the web. And today we’re excited to tell you that we’ve amped up the way that things look, too.
Visuals are a crucial component of how you choose to share your music & audio, and now they’ll be backing every track on the web as they do on our iOS and Android apps and embedded players.
That’s not all — browsing a playlist is easier now that you can scroll through all of the tracks in your stream — no need to click over to the playlist’s page. Reading the comments on a waveform is faster, and when you go to add yours, the rest will fade into the background, making it easier for you to focus. All of the comments and full replies are now available on the main track pages.
And for those who want to dig deeper into the details of what they’re hearing, we’ve moved all the essential info into one overlay: click ‘Read More’ on any track page to see it all in one place.
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!
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. 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.