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Dave Hacking the SoundCloud player (part 1)

A lot of people ask me about customizing the SoundCloud player, “I love the player but could you just add this…” or “the player doesn’t quite work with the background of my blog, is there a way to tweak it”. Well actually there are quite a lot of options so I thought I’d summarize a few of them here.

Hopefully you should all know by now, but SoundCloud currently has three really great players that can be customized in a number of ways. There is the mini, waveform and artwork player. Each can be used to great effect in different scenarios. And there are several standard customizations you can do with each. Please note, to access the mini and artwork players you’ll need a premium account.

As well as the standard player customizations there are a number of other ways that you can hack the SoundCloud player. You just need to know where to look in the embed code. There are a range of different parameters that you can change in the embed code when you share a player:

buying = true/false (show hide buy buttons)
sharing = true/false (show hide share buttons)
download = true/false (show hide download buttons)
show_bpm  = true/false (show hide bpm display in player)
show_playcount = true/false (show hide number of track plays)
text_buy_track = string (e.g. ‘Tweet’ and it goes to your buy link)
text_buy_set = string (for the buy all button)

You can of course also change the height and width.

height = number of pixels
width = number of pixels

But one hidden little feature that we wanted to tell you about are our new double height (or width players). All you need to do is double the number of height (or width) pixels eg.

height=”600″ width=”300″

In the above example I’ve changed two things. Example code is below.

1) I’ve changed the height to make a tall player
2) I’ve hidden the play count
3) I’ve turned the share option off

<code><object height="600" width="300">
<param name="movie" value="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsmashingpumpkins%2Fa-stitch-in-time&color=ff7700&amp;sharing=false&amp;show_playcount=false"> </param>  <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> </param>  <embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="600" src="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsmashingpumpkins%2Fa-stitch-in-time&color=ff7700&amp;sharing=false&amp;show_playcount=false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="300"></embed> </object></code>

So that’s it. Fairly straight forward once you know how, but very handy. In part 2 we’ll share some more tips.

Dave SoundCloud at SXSW 2010

Last year I was lucky enough to go out and represent SoundCloud at SXSW as we were nominated in the ‘music category’ at the SXSW Interactive Web Awards. In a few weeks we’ll be back again and this time we have lots of parties, panels and plans to tell you about. It’s gonna be a great week.

If you’re going and would like to hook up then please get in touch or feel free to stop Alex & I in the street and ask for some stickers and a chat! We’ll be updating this post over the next few days as we confirm all our plans in more detail. There’s quite a few things going on during both Interactive & Music. Here’s where you’re most likely to find us.

Music Panel: How We’ll Be Listening To Music in 2020

Date: Wednesday, March 17
Time: 15:30-16:30
Location: Convention Centre, 16B

Alex will be joining a panel discussion with Ben Perreau, Jonas Woost and Steve Savoca. More info.

Five Possible Futures For The Music Industry
Date: Friday, March 19
Time: 17:00-18:00

I will be joining a panel discussion with Neil Schield, Adam Shore and Jack Horner. More info.

F*CK YEAH SXSW: hosted by Tumblr, Kickstarter, SoundCloud

Date: Saturday, March 13
Time: 18:30 onwards
Location: EMO’s, 603 Red River Street (at 6th Avenue)

Audio & Visuals by The Eclectic Method w/ DJ Mel & DJ Suspence. Sponsored by The Planet. Open bar with RSVP

MusicTech mixer: hosted by SoundCloud + Songkick

Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Jaime’s Spanish Village, 802 Red River St

Margaritas, mexican food and conversation with folks at the intersection of music & technology. Free drinks and snacks until they run out – but don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around. RSVP required.

The Hype Machine’s Lose Control 2 party

Date: March 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 12PM – 2AM everyday
Location: Vice (6th Street + San Jacinto, Austin Texas)

This unofficial party spans four whole days. That’s 56 hours of music and friends with 3 floors and many more bands & DJ’s. SoundCloud will be sponsoring, providing wi-fi and encouraging bands to upload their music to the HypeCloud Player. More info.

Dave 5 reasons why SoundCloud is the best way to get music onto blogs

Right from the moment SoundCloud was conceived, we had one goal in mind. To make it as easy for you to upload and share your music. The vision was that you could put a track up on SoundCloud and make that the one place from which you could weave your music across the rich tapestry of the web. An essential part of that tapestry is the blogosphere. We think that SoundCloud is the best way to get music onto blogs and here’s 5 reasons why.

1) SoundCloud is beautifully simple

It’s so easy to get started. Set up a free account and upload your music in any audio format. You can add as much or as little metadata as you want including a description, buy links, video links, and release dates

2) Our players are the best in town

Our classic waveform player is now ubiquitous across the web. You’ve probably seen it quite a bit recently. But we’ve added two other players* specifically with bloggers and websites it mind. There’s the minimal player which we stripped back as much as possible. It’s literally just a play button next to artist name and track title. And there’s the artwork player. You’ve probably guessed already… it’s literally just your artwork, with a play button. So it looks beautiful on the page and the blogger doesn’t even need to add any cover art themselves. It’s right there, as the player.

3) SoundCloud plays nice with The Hype Machine

SoundCloud is the only service that has a streaming music player that The Hype Machine can detect across the blogs that it aggregates. This means that a music blogger can grab your music from SoundCloud and can customize and embed a beautiful player in a post, knowing that it will still show up on The Hype Machine. And it’s much nicer than having to send them an MP3 link or re-hosting it on one of those nasty generic file sharing sites.

4) Geek out on stats, stats and more stats

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like geeking out on stats? Who’s playing your music, which blogs are raving about it, what are your most popular tracks, how many times has that free track been downloaded? SoundCloud can now answer those questions. You can see how many plays/downloads came from which blogs and where in the world those listeners are*. And because The Hype Machine now plays tracks back directly from your SoundCloud account we know how many times it has been played there too.

5) It’s easy for bloggers

We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for bloggers to share your music. Many are already using our private or group dropboxes to receive music. Just some of the things we’ve done include making it possible to share a player to Blogger with just a couple of clicks, working with WordPress.com to have an official integration, allowing customization of our players, and of course the partnership with The Hype Machine. Of course we can’t force anyone to write about your music, but we can make it as easy as possible for you to share the music if they do want to.

*some features require premium accounts