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SoundCloud New mini player makes browsing during playback a breeze

Stop pausing your party – you can now seamlessly browse, control and “like” music & audio on your mobile device thanks to the SoundCloud app’s new mini player feature.

The mini player offers you the same full-screen player experience you use to discover, share, and stream on SoundCloud everyday, but in a “fun-size” package to make sure you get the most out of your listening experience. 

Starting today, free and subscription-based users can explore SoundCloud’s massive catalog of over 177 million tracks without ever interrupting their listening experience. A visible bar positioned at the bottom of your screen, the mini player includes navigation controls, track metadata, and a dedicated “like” button, offering:

  • A seamless play-in-place experience – The mini player makes toggling between the full-screen player and the home screen a thing of the past, allowing you to play more and skip less.
  • More ways to discover – More seamlessly integrated browsing and listening means you can discover your next favorite artist while streaming your current favorite track.
  • A faster way to build an audio collection – The player’s one-tap “like” button gives you the ability to “like” tracks and playlists faster than ever, helping you build your music collection in no time.  
  • More ways to engage – The more you discover and “like” tracks and playlists, the more you connect with SoundCloud’s vibrant community of creators, curators, and fans.

Get a first look at the new mini player below and update your SoundCloud app on Android and iOS today to get your own mini player.

 

 

 

David Record, Edit, and Publish Your Sounds On-the-Go

Today we released a major update to our mobile apps!

Our mobile apps let anyone record and share sounds on the go, and (just quietly) we think they’re pretty great. But we’ve spent a lot of time understanding how you use them to record everything from interviews to rehearsals, and worked hard to deliver a killer set of features that put even more power in your hands.

Pause for thought

We’ve added Pause & Resume so that recordings can be started, stopped and continued as many times as needed. This is great for recording longer segments of audio, or working around interruptions.

The essence of your sound

With the new trim feature, you can capture the essence of a sound by correcting mistakes and cutting unwanted sections from your recordings. Any time the recording is paused, simply drag the sliders in from the edges of the waveform to trim your sound down to the part you want to keep. If something interrupts your sound recording, it’s now simple to remove the offending section and continue the recording.

Trim is also useful when you’re waiting for a special moment (e.g. an announcement, the chimes of a bell, the roar of a crowd when a point is scored at a sports game, etc.). You can now start a recording and leave it running until the special moment occurs, then trim away the rest, leaving the most relevant sound ready for sharing.

Broadcast journalist Neal Augenstein, who exclusively uses his phone to record and edit his work, had a sneak preview of these new features and had this to say about them:

“So far I’m digging the new SoundCloud iPhone app. The trimming feature is (not surprisingly for SoundCloud) well thought out, and easy to use. They keep improving the product, making it easier for me to do my job.”

Fade in, Fade out on Android

Android users can take advantage of a useful new fade in/out filter… apply this effect to loud recordings to achieve a smoother start and ending.

Forgotten your earphones? Introducing Private Listening…

On the iPhone, we added a feature we call ‘Private Listening’: when you’re playing sounds through the loudspeaker, simply hold the handset up to your ear as if you were taking a phone call and the audio will be re-routed to the phone speaker. Private listening is ideal for listening to private messages, or for sneaking a listen to some great new sounds without letting others know what you’re hearing.

If you already have the SoundCloud app installed, you will be able to update it today. If not, what are you waiting for? You can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

SoundCloud HTML5 Widget – Ready For Prime Time

Almost 3 months ago we announced our new HTML5 widget player. Since then we have spent a lot of time gathering your feedback, testing, bug fixing, talking to the browser vendors and improving the user interface. We were glad to hear about your experiences using the widget, we have seen an incredible uptake in sharing of the sounds played in the new widgets. With the mobile browser support we were finally able to fullfil one the main feature requests.

From the very beginning of this project we were convinced that we should bring as much of the SoundCloud experience to our widgets as possible, features that go beyond just listening to the sounds.

Today we are adding two major new features to our HTML5 widgets – Comments and Likes. This means that from now on you’re able to comment on sounds embedded anywhere on the web and you can save them as a favorite on SoundCloud too.

Also, we are proud to announce that today we are officially switching our default widget to be the HTML5 widget. We also know that our major partners plan to support it in the near future. Of course the old Flash widget will be still available if you need it as an alternative option.