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Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a new weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

SoundCloud voices this week is all about staying up to date on the latest current affairs, news and issues in the world today.  Following these three creators can help you do that.  From Public Radio International both The World and America Abroad are using SoundCloud as is the independently run global news hour Democracy Now! Take a listen to some of their audio below and follow them.

Democracy Now, hosted by award winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, broadcast 5 days a week, providing headlines and in depth coverage and discussions of the pressing issues of the day.  They’ve been posting pieces to their Facebook page using SoundCloud, so get following and start listening!

Next up is The World, from Public Radio International.  It’s a one hour radio news magazine everyday weekday offering the latest news, features and interviews.  Broadcast on over 300 stations the show is co production of WGBH/Boston, PRI and the BBC World Service.  They too have been using SoundCloud to share their brilliant work to their Facebook page.

America Abroad, also from Public Radio International, is more of a documentary radio program which takes a look at one critical issue in international affairs and U.S foreign policy.  Follow them on Facebook and keep up to speed on their latest work!  Below they take a look at counterfeiters and the effect is has on people’s lives. Take a listen.

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.

David Thank You – 10 Million Times

When we started SoundCloud a few years ago, we had the vision of enabling people to create and share sound more easily and collaboratively.

Today, we’re more than thrilled to extend ten million Thank You’s to our 10 million registered SoundClouders.

Ten million is not just a number to us, it is proof that we’re not alone on our mission to unmute the web and it gives us goosebumps to know that more than ten million people from around the world have been finding value in SoundCloud in many different ways. As of today:

  • Sound is mobile: Over 5 million official SoundCloud apps have been downloaded
  • Sound is developing: Over 10,000 apps being developed on SoundCloud’s open platform. Recent additions include integrations with professional music creation software Pro Tools and Cakewalk.
  • Sound is more than music: Over 3.3 million different tags show the breadth of sounds on SoundCloud, which now includes everything from journalists & bloggers (Robert Scoble, Mike Butcher), to publishing (Penguin Books UK), to education (Stanford).

Please join us to celebrate this huge milestone with us by listening to a ‘Story Wheel’, in which our co-founders Alex & Eric reflect on SoundCloud’s journey so far. Simply click the image below to access the Story Wheel.

Oh, and if you’d like to create your own Story Wheel to tell a story behind your Instagram photos, it all starts here.

Thanks, all. You rock.

David We Say HTML5, You Say High Five!

With the launch of SoundCloud for iPad last week, we released one of your most-requested products of this year. Today, we’re following up with your second-most requested feature: an HTML5 widget.

And while we were at it, our front-end and design teams went back to the drawing board and turned the widgets into real social sound objects, giving your sounds even more context, putting them even more front and center.

Ta-da, here it is:

Some of the highlights of the first iteration are:

- Attractive new waveform design
- The timed comments now are more usable on the widget
- Better exposure of information like title
- Better sharing – Facebook, Google+ and Twitter sharing options

Nerd speak:

- Runs natively in the browser (more stable, less plugin-caused crashes)
- No flash, works well with all mobile devices
- Lower memory and CPU load requirements = lower energy consumption
- Open standards and open source allow for faster development

And here it is as a set:

See more examples of the new widget in action over at our friends at The Economist, Wattpad, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, Britney, West African Democracy Radio, Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Natty  and Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler.

And this is how you can get the new HTML5 widget:

  1. Click the ‘Share’ button on any SoundCloud page
  2. Click ‘Customize player’ and select HTML5 from the option tabs
  3. Change the appearance of the widget, copy the embed code and paste it to your website or blog

A few things to note:

  • This feature is currently in beta. Please post your feedback in the comments below so we can consider it for the next iterations of the widget.
  • The new widget currently only works as an embed for websites and blogs.
  • There are some issues with Internet Explorer, we’re working on it
  • Your existing widgets will not automatically update, if you want to test out the new HTML5 beta widgets, you’ll need to re-embed the new code.
  • HTML5 is currently only supported for the standard waveform player, not the mini or artwork.

Hey we’d love to hear your feedback, what do you think? Leave a comment below!

TechCrunch: SoundCloud Debuts Its New HTML5 Widget, Looks So Much Better Than The Old One