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David 5 Extremely Powerful Ways for Bands to Use SoundCloud

You play in a band, have heard about SoundCloud but are not yet sure how it can help you? No problem – let’s take a closer look and dive into the different things you can do. We hope you’ll join and make SoundCloud your hub on the web, the control room for your tracks.

In short:

Upload your songs to your SoundCloud account, easily bring your tracks to where your fans are and have all the statistics around plays and downloads in one place.

In detail:

1. Player Widgets – Your tracks, well in shape.

We’re sure you put a lot of thought and energy into creating beautiful artwork for your songs and albums and obviously they deserve the best players available out there. Good thing we’ve got ‘em. We want to help you get the most out of your artwork when embedding your tracks to your blog, website or social profiles.

In addition to our classic waveform player, our Premium accounts come with two extra widget players: the artwork and minimal player. For artists and bands working with albums, we recommend using the artwork player. Here’s an example of a nice artwork player integration to a band website:

On the left, when you mouse-over the player,  you see a preview of the player navigation: different options on the top and the album navigation including the waveform at the bottom of the player. Pretty cool: your album art and a big play button. Perfect for your discography page on your website.

2. BandPage by RootMusic – Your fully customized band page on Facebook

RootMusic’s BandPage app for Facebook has quickly become one of the most popular apps used by the SoundCloud community. Now there’s finally a way for bands to have all their info on one Facebook page: tracks powered by SoundCloud, tour dates, photos, your bands’ biography and wall posts. For fans, browsing your BandPage is a breeze as they can continue to listen to the streamed tracks while clicking through the page.

The fine folks over at RootMusic have created a series of helpful videos explaining in detail about how to get started. One promise: it’s extremely easy and intuitive to create your BandPage. Check out these two examples from Snoop Dogg and Tom Petty (click to enlarge).

3. Extensions – Push to where your fans are

Back in 1986, Salt-N-Peppa taught us to ‘push it, push it real good’. We took them at their word and added a nifty way for you to automatically push newly uploaded tracks and sets to your other social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. This saves you a lot of time when updating your different profiles and sends your new material straight into your fans’ timelines where they can discuss your latest creations. Plus, you can customize the text of the messages pushed to catch your fans’ attention:

Fans, on the other hand, can also use the same extensions to push the players of tracks they favorite on SoundCloud straight to their social network profiles (Facebook pictured on the left), thus helping you to promote your songs to their friends. Win-win, as they say in the biz.

Click here to read the step-by-step guide about how to set up your extensions or access them directly in your settings.

4. Mobile Roadie – Create your own iPhone or Android app

Mobile apps are hot, there’s no doubt about that.

Our partners at Mobile Roadie have built a framework and an easy-to-update content management system enabling you to create your own personalized iPhone and Android app in no time. Developing an individual app from scratch takes a lot of time, money and expertise. With Mobile Roadie, you sign up, get access to the platform, import your SoundCloud tracks, customize the app here and there and Mobile Roadie will submit your app to the app store in no time.

To learn about the full list of supported features, click here.

Artists and bands already using Mobile Roadie: Madonna, As I Lay Dying, The Doors, Black Lips and many many more.

5. Flavors.me – Speaking of websites. Need one?

Flavors.me allows you to create an elegant & dynamic website and aggregate your different profiles from around the web. Link up your Facebook page, Twitter, Flickr or SoundCloud accounts – you name it. You’ll have everything in one place on a page you can fully customize: background picture, fonts, size. Track the traffic statistics and learn about your visitors and to top that: if you already have an own domain, you can use it or buy a custom domain right when signing up with a Flavors account. Read more about the latest Flavors.me developments in a recent blog post about their current release.

Example? Here you go:

More features and tips that can help your band:

Buy Links: via your track/set settings, add a link to any offline/online store to point people to where you’re selling your tracks

Hack the player: there are many different ways to ‘hack’ the player, read what can be done here

Remix competitions: learn about how you can use the Groups feature to organize remix competitions

Promo & Digital PR: service your tracks to bloggers and journalists via the private sharing feature (works great for to collaborate between you and other members of your band)

Custom Player: with a little help from savvy developer friends, build your custom players like Band Of Horses or The Golden Filter.

As always, feedback & suggestions welcome in the comments below and thanks for the help sharing this blog post with friends playing in bands. Muchos appreciatos.

David The Christmas Release

Ho Ho Ho dearest people of the Cloud!

We’re wrapping up a fantastic 2009 with a final release before taking a few days off to rest with our families and re-fuel before kicking off 2010 in proper style.

Before we move onto what’s new in our Christmas Release, here’s a special Christmas discount for all our blog readers: If you use the code HoHoHo9 when signing up for a Premium account before Christmas Day, you’ll get 10% off the regular yearly price or save 20% for three months on any monthly subscription!

People Finder

We’ve added a really useful tool that will come in handy to find contacts you have on other platforms and networks. It will help you to check if your friends on services like Gmail, MySpace, Twitter or Facebook are already on SoundCloud and if they’re not, make it easy to invite them to follow you and thus stay updated about everything you do do on SoundCloud. Check it out!

Abbey Road & SoundCloud, a love affair

We’re really excited to announce a partnership with Abbey Road, the legendary studio known for the (post-) production of epic albums with artists like Pink Floyd, Foo Fighers, the Beatles, Green Day, Oasis, and Radiohead. If you want to have your songs mastered by some of the best engineers in the industry, it is now possible to import your tracks to Abbey Road Online Mastering directly from your SoundCloud account. Plus, Abbey Road is offering a 20 % discount to all SoundCloud users. Read more.

App Gallery & Developer Pages

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We’re strong believers in the power of open API’s – proof for this are the many different applications that have been built on top of the robust SoundCloud API. We think it’s time to pay respect to the many developers that – in their free time – have built fantastic apps and are thereby adding a lot of value to the SoundCloud experience. Check out all recent and future applications in the new App Gallery we’re launching today. Also, if you are a developer yourself and have a kick-ass idea you’d like to execute on top of our API, the new developer resources are the perfect starting point to get the coding going. Right this way.

Premium Goodies

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We’ve teamed up with some of our friends to offer all Premium users some sweet special offers and discounts. If you have a Premium account, log in and have a look at the new Premium Goodies page! Great companies like Native Instruments, Ableton, MOO.com, Juno Download, YouLicense or The Bizmo are already on board.

Updated iPhone app

This is a short ‘n sweet one: grab the update of our iPhone app in the app store and get access to the tracks you’ve favorited on SoundCloud.

Secret Widget

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Here’s a nice one for all Pro and Pro Plus users: after the Secret Link it’s now time for the Secret Widget that we’re adding based on the feedback we’ve received from labels and digital PR agencies after the release of Taylor. From now on, if you want to invite a limited group of listeners to a password-protected site, you’ll be able to have your SoundCloud tracks embedded and streamable right there.

To get it, simply generate a Secret Link for your track and set and click ‘Share’ to grab the embed code.

Site performance

We promised we’d keep you updated about the progress of the overall site performance. The first batch of improvements have started to kick in. Not only have we upgraded the hardware but we’ve also been working hard on things that are mostly ‘invisible’ to you but make the overall experience better.

These include much snappier adding/removal of contacts in contact lists and your private sharing panel, an ongoing optimization of the upload and audio transcoding process and balancing and optimizing the database load. We don’t want to go too technical on you but would like you to know we’re moving quickly with the promised improvements.

Also, we’ve set up a Status blog over at our friends from Tumblr where we will post tech-updates as they come in. Feel free to follow!

Finally…

We want to thank you for having been part of SoundCloud this past year and wish you a Merry Christmas with your loved ones and a kicking new year 2010. See/hear you again in 2010!

Thank you so much!

David The @CitySoundsFM iPhone App Unleashed

Remember the summer when Citysounds.fm was born during the first Music Hack Day in London? Only a month later, the Citysounds team released a first major update to the mashup before kicking off the work on the iPhone app during the Music Hack Day in Berlin in September.

CitySounds.fm - The music of cities

Today, just a few months later, they’re finally ready to release the much anticipated Citysounds iPhone app. Listen to the sounds of your favorite cities while you’re on the road. We’re so excited and we hope you’re to!

If you don’t know Citysounds yet, it’s one of the most popular applications built on top of the SoundCloud API and lets you stream the latest tracks uploaded to SoundCloud by cities around the world. Sitting in London’s tube, tune in to the hottest tracks from Los Angeles. On the bus in Berlin, discover the sounds of Rio de Janeiro – right from your iPhone.

Here’s what the app will let you do:

  • Browse and listen to tracks from the most active and popular cities in the world
  • Locate the city you’re in and listen to the most recent tracks
  • Give your phone a shake and instantly be transported to a random place

citysounds04Head over to Citysounds.fm/iphone and get the App Store link to start browsing the sounds of the cities.

Massive props to the fine Citysounds team for its hard work on both the web and iPhone applications. Oh, and the boys also shared some secrets with us about what’s planned for the next version:

Version 2will let you save your favorite cities, search & browse all cities around the world and it will support social features for easy sharing via Facebook and Twitter.

Oh, and while we’re at it: besides Citysounds, there are two other great applications to browse and discover music on SoundCloud: Tracks On A Map and The Cloud Player – both are also built on top of our API.

API’s FTW!