We’re always excited to help you find the latest and greatest new music & audio on SoundCloud. Today, it gets even easier to hear what’s happening in the SoundCloud community: we’ve released the new Explore feature on the web and our Android app.
Explore provides a new way to discover trending music & audio, with multiple feeds of the freshest content. ‘Trending Music’ and ‘Trending Audio’ are new tracks that people are playing, liking and reposting on SoundCloud (they could be tomorrow’s big hits). You can also browse to see what’s popular and fresh in your favorite genres. On Android, you can click play once and Explore takes it from there, with new tracks queued up by our system, based on their similarity to the first track you played.
Explore is great for creators, too: it’s a new way for your track to get heard by an even bigger audience. If one of your tracks is getting lots of attention, there’s a chance our algorithm will incorporate it into one or more Explore feeds.
Stay tuned for further updates: we’re working on building great ways to discover new music & audio across all SoundCloud platforms, for all of our users. In the meantime, check out the new Explore feature on the web, or download the SoundCloud app for Android.
Today we’re launching version 2.5 of our apps for iOS and Android.
The biggest development: sets are here on iPhone and Android. You’ve been able to create and hear them in your stream on the web for a while; now you can create, share and hear sets on your mobile, too. We’ll be adding the functionality to the iPad app in the coming weeks.
Build new collections of your favorite music & audio, or add individual sounds to sets that you’ve already started building. Plus, a new filter in the search tab lets you look for sets that other community members have put together.
You might notice that the Record button has moved: to help you discover and hear more with the app, we’ve shifted things around to make way for sets and more features (watch this space). iPhone users can find it in the ‘More’ menu. If you’re on Android, just swipe to find it in the side menu.
For iOS users, we’ve also given the UI an update, making it cleaner, sharper and simpler. Look out for the updated app icon, too.
We hope you’ll give the new apps a spin. As always, they’re free to download from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Let us know how you like the updates! We’re looking forward to your feedback.
Since launching the first version SoundCloud Mobile back in March of this year, the response has been overwhelming. We’ve been observing that more and more of you are accessing SoundCloud on your smartphones – the number of visits almost tripled in the last 3 months. Although you could previously play tracks and sets, search SoundCloud and explore genres and groups, there was still one important piece missing - you were not able to log in or sign up to SoundCloud on the mobile pages, you had to go to the main site.Today, that’s changing with a massive new iteration of SoundCloud Mobile: you are now able to access your SoundCloud account from a phone, bringing you closer to the experience you’re used to from the main site.
Here’s a run-down of the new features:
- Follow/unfollow other members of the Community
- Browse profiles and save to favorites
- Receive recommendations for people to follow: your Facebook friends and suggested people
- Access your Dashboard feed
- Seamless playback while browsing
What do you think? We think that’s pretty cool. As always, give us your feedback in the comments below and help spreading the word about SoundCloud Mobile via Twitter.
For those of you who are interested in learning about the technology behind SoundCloud Mobile head over to our Backstage blog for a fresh new post by our developers.