Earlier this week 8,000 members of the international music industry descended upon Cannes for the Midem conference and it’s digitally-focused sister event MidemNet. The clouds hung heavy over the conference hall for the first few days. But despite rumours of lower attendances this year the overall vibe was of a positive more forward-thinking music industry that is ready to leverage all the tools and opportunities at its disposal.
For our part, SoundCloud was selected to pitch at the MusicAlly / MidemNet New Business Showcase. The showcase, now in its second year, aims to “highlight the most enterprising, innovative and inspiring business ideas to help to create value and move the music industry forwards in the 21st century”. That might be a bit of a mouthful but we were thrilled to be taking part. And even more excited to be announced as winners after a great pitch on stage by Alex.
Amongst all the buzz we were busy spreading the word face-to-face with a steady stream of labels, publishers, artists, A&R’s and other partners. Expect to see some interesting new users, integrations and activities on the Cloud in the very near future. By night we were busy hustling, drinking and catching up with familiar faces at the many events, meetups and dinners going on in and around Cannes. A big thanks to Topspin, Warp and Tru Thoughts for providing some of our highlights.
Overall, the one thing that’s clear from talking to everyone is that it’s going to be a very exciting 2009!
It’s been a hard but productive week at the SoundCloud office. Most of our efforts have been spent on updates of our backend infrastructure to keep up with the fast growth of the platform. A few hours ago we did a major upgrade of the site and you should be seeing a significant performance improvement now. It’s still far from perfect but we should be back to response times of late fall. The goal is to get slow pages to render faster than in half a second, and the average page should load much faster than that.
We are also preparing to move to a new datacenter which will bump performance a great deal and allow us to add more computing power and storage capability in a much faster and more flexible way than now.
I’d like to apologize again for the–at times–terrible performance this week. Now we’re already focused on next week and the remaining performance challenges…
We’ve spent the last few days working on a few updates and fixes to the cloud. Good news is they are now online. Bad news is that the site still is slow at times, but we are ON that one. Here are the most important updates just released:
- You can now download tracks without being logged in to SoundCloud. We’ve received many requests for this, so it feels great that it’s now possible.
- You can now add new sets from scratch, simply by going to your sets page and click Create A New Set. You can then upload new tracks to the set directly, or add already uploaded ones.
- Type-ahead search for people in the private sharing contacts picker and contact list is much faster, especially if you have many contacts.
- Some important issues with sets sharing were fixed. Clicking individual tracks in the emails being sent out for private sets will now work. Also, deleting sets works in all situations.
This is just for starters. We’re really happy to be back, taking SoundCloud to the next level in ’09. And again, we wish you all a great year using it as well!