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Marie SoundRain Lets You Sell Your Tracks

Wondering how you can sell your tracks easier? Well, wonder no more! Created eight days ago at Music Hack Day in San Francisco, Minno founders and former Google employees Noah Ready-Campbell and Calvin Young integrated Minno (the easy-to-use micropayment system) with our API and created SoundRain! Now, you can sell your tracks anywhere across the web, directly in your browser, using SoundCloud and SoundRain!

All you need to do is connect your account with SoundRain and select any tracks you wish to sell for a payment of 99cents per download. Once a track is enabled for purchase, a “Buy with Minno” button will appear on the waveform player and take the listener directly to SoundRain, where they can buy the song in one click.

To get a better idea of how to connect, watch the screencast below:

Once you’ve sold $10 worth of tracks, SoundRain will send payment via PayPal and continue to do so every $10 increments – you will also have the option to change this to larger installments if you want!

And see a live example of how SoundRain works below! New York-based SoundClouder of the Day alumni, Cyra Morgan connected her account! Check out the buy link on the widget below by clicking the little arrow on the right side of the player:

Beautiful Madness by cyramorgan

Nice, huh? Now, go on and connect your account here to start selling your tracks!

David Introducing SoundCloud Labs

Our developers love coding. Not only do they love adding fresh new and improved code to the mothership SoundCloud.com but they also love coding on experimental projects after-hours and during Music Hack Days (San Francisco and Berlin coming up, by the way!)

Turns out that some of these projects and apps really add value to the core experience on SoundCloud so we thought why not to make these projects available to everyone. So here it is, SoundCloud Labs:

SoundCloud Labs is a dedicated site showcasing some of the experimental and cutting-edge projects our own developers built on top of the SoundCloud API. The first batch of Labs features include:

Social Unlock – allows you to create a create a customised page to promote and stream your new sounds and enable fans to share it on their social networks to unlock the download

Importer lets you easily import tracks to SoundCloud from a URL, via E-Mail or phone it in to a private line

Google Apps Gmail Plugin shows SoundCloud waveform players for track links in emails (for Google Apps accounts only)

Takes Questions lets your friends and followers ask you any question and share your answers with the world. TakesQuestions is simple, personalized audio Q&A

Give it a spin, follow @SoundCloudLabs on Twitter and let us know what you think in the comments. Don’t forget that while we’ll try to support these features as much as we can, they will remain experimental for now. And if you’re a developer yourself, stop by our developer site for the full intel on how to connect your app with SoundCloud.

There’s more over at The Next Web and Music Week.

David Premiere App – The first listen, powered by SoundCloud.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as an album premiere. As a fan, it will be the first time you’re able to listen to your favorite band’s new record. And as a band, you’ll finally be able to hear what your fans think of all those late nights in the studio. But what makes a good album premiere online?

Fans are looking for a very simple, aesthetically pleasing, premiere player that they can listen to from anywhere. Bands need a structure that maximizes both the viral reach and sale of the record. We think we’ve created a nice mix of both. It’s called Premiere, and Queens of the Stone Age (+ their killer new reissue) were rock enough to be our test subject in this demo:

Simple, Intuitive, ROCK… Here’s what’s going on:


Overview

Design

The design and controls of the app are kept very simple to maximize accessibility, and nothing says simple like a big blinking play button smack dab in the middle. Once clicked, the artwork will slide to the left while the tracklist becomes revealed to the right. Sexy? You know it. Fans can click each of the track titles to play/pause specific tracks and click anywhere on the waveform to seek.

Social

In addition to the nicely placed Tweet & Like buttons, Premiere also includes a SoundCloud powered comment bar which will display all timestamped comments as your album plays. Clicking any empty space on the bar will send the fan over to SoundCloud so they can voice their own opinion. A combination of these three will greatly increase viral activity around the record.

Accessibility

Premiere is smart enough to understand your browser/os environment and will serve up Flash or HTML5 powered audio accordingly. What…? That means it works on iPhones, iPads, and on your Google TV!

Function

The footer area contains sections both on the left and right that can be used to include a link to Purchase the record, Enter your website, or Visit your Sound profile. It’s up to you!


Installation

Basic

Grab this zip and follow the 5 steps within the index.html source code. That’s it!

Just make sure to host the file on your server and include/link to the provided swf files where stated in index.html.

Expert

Clone the project on github and push a new version using Heroku.


Customization

Basic

The default version of this app is styled like the QOTSA version demo’d above. The change the appearance simply grab a copy of the theme.css file and get creative. You can also overwrite styles directly in the index.html where marked.

Expert

For rapid theme deployment, we’ve created a Sassy CSS sheet on github. Adjusting the variables at the top of this file will quickly style your app.


Thanks!

Premiere is already being used by some great artists like QOTSA and Saliva. If you have have one to add to the list, a suggestion, or a bug, please send me an email or contact me on Twitter @leemartin