Monthly Archives: March 2009

SoundCloud Say hello at SXSW

We didn’t decide until right at the last minute but we’re pleased to say that SoundCloud will be in Austin for SXSW this year. Being nominated in the ‘music’ category for the The 12th Annual SXSW Interactive Web Awards helped make up our minds. We have no idea if we’ll win but we’ve been getting several awards recently so it’s probably a good idea to have someone there in case we do!

If you’re going and would like to hook up for a beer or schedule a meeting then please drop Dave a message via SoundCloud. We’ll be straddling both the interactive and music parts of the conference from 13th to 20th March. Hope to see you there.

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Eric Introducing Javascript-based SoundCloud players

We’ve seen a lot of sites and projects using the SoundCloud API in the last few weeks, and of course we’re super-excited about this! One thing we’ve noticed is that a few of these projects have used Javascript-based players to play back the audio. Check for example the slick and minimalistic player on electronica label Pluxemburg’s new site, or the player on the innovative crowd-sourced site Listen to Blogs. They both use their own Javascript-based players powered by the SoundCloud API. This is a nice technique (that we’re also using ourselves on since it gives you full control over the look’n’feel and also enables tight integration with the rest of the site.

Realising that using Javascript to build music players for your SoundCloud-powered sites is becoming increasingly popular, we decided to share some of our knowledge in this area. So without further ado we’d like to announce the open-source SoundCloud Javascript-based player! It’s a simple, extensible, great-looking player based on SoundManager 2 and jQuery. It takes the shape of a customizable jQuery plugin, that let’s you create a player with one line of javascript, for any link to a SoundCloud-track on your page. Simply put this in your HTML:

<a class="soundcloud-player" href="">Play</a>

And put this in your javascript:


And voilà, you have a player on your page!
Check it out and view live examples here.