Welcome to the second act – it’s all about getting your sounds up in the cloud and ready for sharing as quickly, transparently and easily as possible.
– Secret Link and Secret Widgets are now available on all account plans
– New upload/transcoding progress bar
– Redesigned description and metadata fields
– Sharing overlay
Second Act: The New Upload & Sharing Flow
To make the uploading and transcoding process more transparent, we’ve added a new progress bar that will keep you informed about the state of your upload including how much time our robots will approximately need to get your track ready for the Cloud.
While your file is uploading and transcoding, you’re able to upload artwork, edit the track description and metadata and can save your input at any time without interrupting the upload. You’ll see that we’ve reviewed the design a bit and that you can toggle open additional options to add a buy and video link to your track.
You’ll notice that we’ve also redesigned the track and set settings and added three buttons to make it easier for you to select the settings when sharing your track or set. You’re still able to make your track public or private and the three new icons will let you enable/disable downloads, widget sharing and streaming via third-party applications:
Downloads: enable or disable downloads of your original track
Widget sharing: allow anyone to click the share button and embed the widget for your track or set. Alternatively, you can choose the share button to be only visible to yourself.
Apps: you can choose to make your track available for streaming via third-party applications.
When you make your track private and click Add/Remove people that will open an overlay where you can select the people you’d like to give access to your track.
Clicking Save will take you to a second screen for something called the Sharing Note which we introduce in depth in this blog post.
Now here’s something else new: we’re making the Secret Link feature available for all account plans. It’s now possible to get a Secret Link with a free account! The cool thing: it also lets you create Secret Widgets to embed your track or set to your website without making it publicly available on SoundCloud. To learn how to use the Secret Widget, read this extensive blog post. You can find the Secret Link and embed code for your track when clicking the Share button above your track or set (considering it’s set to private):