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David We Say HTML5, You Say High Five!

With the launch of SoundCloud for iPad last week, we released one of your most-requested products of this year. Today, we’re following up with your second-most requested feature: an HTML5 widget.

And while we were at it, our front-end and design teams went back to the drawing board and turned the widgets into real social sound objects, giving your sounds even more context, putting them even more front and center.

Ta-da, here it is:

Some of the highlights of the first iteration are:

– Attractive new waveform design
– The timed comments now are more usable on the widget
– Better exposure of information like title
– Better sharing – Facebook, Google+ and Twitter sharing options

Nerd speak:

– Runs natively in the browser (more stable, less plugin-caused crashes)
– No flash, works well with all mobile devices
– Lower memory and CPU load requirements = lower energy consumption
– Open standards and open source allow for faster development

And here it is as a set:

See more examples of the new widget in action over at our friends at The Economist, Wattpad, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, Britney, West African Democracy Radio, Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Natty  and Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler.

And this is how you can get the new HTML5 widget:

  1. Click the ‘Share’ button on any SoundCloud page
  2. Click ‘Customize player’ and select HTML5 from the option tabs
  3. Change the appearance of the widget, copy the embed code and paste it to your website or blog

A few things to note:

  • This feature is currently in beta. Please post your feedback in the comments below so we can consider it for the next iterations of the widget.
  • The new widget currently only works as an embed for websites and blogs.
  • There are some issues with Internet Explorer, we’re working on it
  • Your existing widgets will not automatically update, if you want to test out the new HTML5 beta widgets, you’ll need to re-embed the new code.
  • HTML5 is currently only supported for the standard waveform player, not the mini or artwork.

Hey we’d love to hear your feedback, what do you think? Leave a comment below!

TechCrunch: SoundCloud Debuts Its New HTML5 Widget, Looks So Much Better Than The Old One

SoundCloud SoundCloud Mobile: Sign up, Log in, Favorite & Follow!

Since launching the first version SoundCloud Mobile back in March of this year, the response has been overwhelming. We’ve been observing that more and more of you are accessing SoundCloud on your smartphones – the number of visits almost tripled in the last 3 months. Although you could previously play tracks and sets, search SoundCloud and explore genres and groups, there was still one important piece missing  – you were not able to log in or sign up to SoundCloud on the mobile pages, you had to go to the main site.Today, that’s changing with a massive new iteration of SoundCloud Mobile: you are now able to access your SoundCloud account from a phone, bringing you closer to the experience you’re used to from the main site.

Here’s a run-down of the new features:

  • Follow/unfollow other members of the Community
  • Browse profiles and save to favorites
  • Receive recommendations for people to follow: your Facebook friends and suggested people
  • Access your Dashboard feed
  • Seamless playback while browsing

What do you think? We think that’s pretty cool. As always, give us your feedback in the comments below and help spreading the word about SoundCloud Mobile via Twitter.

For those of you who are interested in learning about the technology behind SoundCloud Mobile head over to our Backstage blog for a fresh new post by our developers.

David New Feature: People Finder!

SoundCloud is where your sounds get social, and you need other people to socialize with! That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our newest feature, the People Finder. Check it out:

That’s a handpicked list of some of the our favorite users on the ‘Cloud. But wait, there’s more — if you’ve connected your profile to your other social networks, click the “Find friends” tab in order to add your SoundCloud-using friends from around the web!

Pretty neat, eh? Now go ahead and add some friends!