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SoundCloud SoundCloud brings music fans more than 135 million tracks

SoundCloud is the world’s largest audio and music streaming platform, now with more than 135 million tracks from the biggest names, to new and emerging artists you can’t find anywhere else. Connecting artists of every level with listeners, and listeners with their new favorite artist or track is what we do, and we continue to make it easier than ever to discover on SoundCloud.

This summer, we launched several new features to help you discover SoundCloud’s massive catalog of diverse content – from hip-hop, rock, pop, jazz, ambient, witch-hop and electronic, to new genres and sounds emerging on SoundCloud everyday.

Our new features were specially designed to enhance your personal listening experience, and each new feature serves up a unique mix of music for all of the different moments in your daily life. To sum it all up, we’ve created an easy visual to help you decide which feature to pair with any moment or mood in your day.  

Whether you use SoundCloud’s free offering or our new subscription service SoundCloud Go, all of the new features are available to you. With SoundCloud Go, you get access to an expanded catalog of content and an ad-free listening experience you can take offline. Haven’t tried SoundCloud Go yet? Click here for more info.

Enjoy discovering on SoundCloud and stay tuned for more features rolling out this fall.

Download the SoundCloud app today from the App Store or Google Play.

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SoundCloud The Next Evolution of Stations

Earlier this year, we launched the ability to start a Station – a radio like stream of similar content – from any track on SoundCloud. Simply tap the three dot overflow menu button on any track in our app to access the Stations feature. We’ve built Stations to be straight-forward and simple to use. It’s one of the easiest ways to discover new music and audio relevant to your tastes on SoundCloud.

Today, we’re launching the next step in the evolution of the Stations feature. You can now start Stations from the profile pages of all artists on SoundCloud in our app. Tap “Start Station” on any artist profile for a lean back, seamless listening experience full of tracks similar to the artist you started the station from.

artist_stations_iOSJust like Stations you’ve started from tracks, Stations started from an artist profile will be saved to your Collection so that you can easily revisit them later. The tracks in a Station are refreshed every time you start one again and you can also skip as often as you’d like while listening.

How does it work?
The algorithm behind Stations serves content in a different way than the Suggested Tracks feature we recently launched. Stations serve a longer queue of songs that are a mixture of similar, new, and popular tracks related to the track or artist you started the Station from, for an experience closer to listening to the radio.

If you have a SoundCloud Go subscription, tracks from the entire 125 million strong catalog will show up in Stations and Suggested Tracks. If you use SoundCloud for free, you’ll still be able to listen to tens of millions of tracks with both features.

The potential for discovery on SoundCloud is virtually limitless. Stations and Suggested Tracks are part of a larger effort we’re undertaking to make it easier for you to find new artists to love and revisit the artists you already do.

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Tapping into Stations
Like the Suggested Tracks feature, we’ve also added Suggested Stations in the app Search tab. Your experience may be slightly different depending on how long you’ve been a SoundCloud user.

  • Existing listeners: Your Suggested Stations include Stations personalized for you based on the artists you’ve liked and listened to the most.
  • New listeners: If you’ve never played a track before, the algorithm needs some info to get started. We’ll give you a list of the top Stations based on artists on SoundCloud to get started.

Start using Stations now on iOS and Android.

David ExtensionFM Now Detects SoundCloud Tracks

Did a browser plugin/add-on ever make you switch your browser of choice? Well, for me one did and it’s ExtensionFM, build by Dan Kantor and Charles Smith, based out of NYC.

ExtensionFM is a Google Chrome extension that turns your browser become into a personal listening station, powered by your favorite music websites. How does it work? First, after installing the extension to your Chrome browser (direct install link), anytime you visit a website that hosts MP3 files, ExFM – which runs in the background – will detect the audio and index the piece of audio in your ExFM Library, creating your own personal music Library courtesy of your favorite websites you visit every day. I had the chance to use ExFM since its very early version and let me tell you that it has changed the way I discover and listen to music, not only because it works so well with Tumblr, where the people I follow have become my main source for new music. Not an audio creator myself, I’m currently listening to my SoundCloud Favorites via ExtensionFM. Whoop!

Watch this short video to see how it works:

Pretty cool, huh?

What’s even cooler is that with the latest update released last night, ExFM now also detects audio hosted on SoundCloud as well as our players embedded out there on the webbernet. Here’s what Dan and team are saying about the integration:

SoundCloud support is really exciting because it opens up a direct link from the artist’s studio into the listener’s music library. If we think back to when bands used to record music for ten’s of thousands of dollars in a studio, then produce millions of plastic discs, then ship those discs to thousands of stores, then have listeners spend 20 minutes trying to open the plastic surrounding those plastic discs, well anyway you get the point. Now artists can make music for the cost of a computer, upload it to SoundCloud and within seconds it’s inside their fans’ music libraries. Pretty incredible!

How does it look? Pretty cool, actually – see for yourself:

In the top right corner you’ll see that after clicking the ExFM extension icon, a player opens that has already detected the audio on the page I’m on. After clicking ‘Queue All’ I can now find the tracks in my ExFM Queue and play them in the background – closing the browser will not stop the playback.

Oh and want to see how this works for embedded players? Head over the The Recommender to check it out.

We like that, how about you? Try out ExtensionFM and let us and team ExFM know what you think in the comments.