We’ve just launched a new release of SoundCloud that we call Quentin, after that french guy who’s probably most known for this track:
Development of this new version has been going on for a while now, and it’s mostly been about behind-the-scenes stuff, like making the transcoding of audio files really fast even though we have thousands of files uploaded per day, making complex pages really snappy, and completing the upgrade of our servers.
The biggest and most visible changes to the site have already been live for a while (the multi-track uploader, gifts, and volume control), but there are also a number of smaller things that we’ve launched, like the pretty “I’m on SoundCloud” badges, and of course a bunch of bugfixes.
Now that we’re running on a much more scalable setup you can expect more significant feature updates coming in the next few weeks. We’ve got some mighty cool stuff cooking so stay tuned!
UPDATE: Our list of hot tracks is now back as well. Check it out!
In our last blog post we mentioned a few really cool ways that people were using SoundCloud and we’d like to tell you about another one. This time it’s all in the name of a good cause!
We know that many of you are on Twitter because we see you all busy using SoundCloud’s ‘share via Twitter’ social feature that we launched last year. If you’re one of these people then you should definitely get involved in Twestival.fm (a sister-site to Twestival, the festival taking place in 184 cities worldwide on 12th February).
The organisers are asking artist, bands and labels to donate tracks via their SoundCloud Dropbox. These tracks will then be made available for streaming and download between the 5th and 19th February at the Twestival.fm website using a SoundCloud player. The site is hoping to raise $20,000 by asking visitors to leave a tip in a Radiohead ‘pay what you want’ style. All money raised will go directly to charity: water to help build five new drinking wells in places where many have no access to fresh water.