“It’s been a few months now since we first adopted Soundcloud as our primary tool of music distribution to blogs, it offers a flexible and reliable download, streaming, community and commenting system; as well as versitile options for customising the player. Hype Machine is the largest music blog aggregator around, and one of the best ways for us to see what bloggers are writing about, who’s writing about our artists and what music’s hot at the time, as well as being one of my favourite sites to discover new music and great blogs.”—Tastes Like Digital - SoundCloud and Hype Machine partner up for audio integration
Introducing 'Connect with SoundCloud' - connect any site or app with the Cloud
We want to make it really easy for users to connect third-party apps and services with their accounts on SoundCloud.
That’s why we’re introducing ‘Connect with SoundCloud' today. It's built on OAuth giving you the main benefit that you don’t have to store your SoundCloud login credentials in any third-party app or service.
We have identified two main use cases:
Export to SoundCloud: upload tracks to SoundCloud from a third-party application. Case study: FiRe Field Recorder
“Fortunately, a new partnership with Web audio host SoundCloud should put some control back in the hands of artists and labels. By making the SoundCloud audio player detectable by The Hype Machine’s music aggregator, artists and labels can now create and control the streaming audio player directly, leaving bloggers to just cut and paste the embed code.”—CNET reviews - SoundCloud gets optimized for Hype Machine
“For me it’s about services that engage artists and fans. I’m excited about what the ticketing guys like Fanshake and others are doing, and guys like Soundcloud , who are really engaging with the producers, which enables better music to come out because people are collaborating.”—Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotifyanswering the question: This time last year, Spotify was starting to take off - this year, what’s your favourite new digital music service?
And we have a sneaky suspicion that you might be too. Put simply, the The Hype Machine is the best place on the web to discover all the kick ass music that is being blogged about right now.
They already use SoundCloud to host their fantastic radio show but we wanted to find a way to work more closely together. And we’re quite excited by the results. The most important part of this is to tell you that The Hype Machine now detects SoundCloud players in the blogs that it aggregates. And as you probably know, the blog post and track are then sucked into the The Hype Machine.
If you’re a blogger this means that you can use our players even more now and know that your post will show up on The Hype Machine. This is exciting news in itself, but wait, it doesn’t stop there. When a fan listens to that track on The Hype Machine it’s actually streamed directly from SoundCloud.
At NAMM announcing first integrations with Audio Software
We’re at NAMM and we’re making some big announcements:
Kicking off the first in a series of product integrations with professional software makers which will enable you to upload your tracks to the web, straight from your favorite audio applications. Boom!
Working with Studio One and Wave Editor you’ll be able to upload your tracks direct to your SoundCloud account from within the application, bypassing the need to bounce tracks to the desktop and then upload.
These integrations were built using the SoundCloud API, which enables any developer to create a huge range of audio applications and services based on core SoundCloud functionality, like the streaming, uploading and downloading of music.
We will announce partnerships with other key music software companies soon, including Ableton! What do you think? Likey likey?
“One day I found out about the dropbox feature on SoundCloud and discovered that Mary Anne had one, so I thought I’d try my luck. I dropped her a couple of tracks; one of which was called ‘Runner’ and she ‘favourited’ them on SoundCloud at the time. She got back to me said she wanted to hear more, so I sent her Strings Detached and the story just progressed…”—Great story about a bedroom producer using the Dropbox to get onto a BBC radio show.
“We are very pleased to announce that the last week of January Alpha-ville will launch of a series of electronic music podcasts showcasing the most cutting edge electronic music through partnerships with music sharing company Soundcloud and Fact magazine.”—check out the Alpha-ville audiovisual music festival!
Are there future plans to up the streaming bitrate?
Also, scrobbling would be AWESOME! is it possible?
Thanks for this first question!
1) Higher quality streaming:
Yes, we’ve been talking about this and are considering to make this a Premium feature in the future. We haven’t decided about the details if/when/how we will be able to offer this but it’s in our idea box.
2) Last.fm Scrobbling:
We love last.fm and love scrobbling. The thing is that it’s currently not entirely in our scope (there are other features & developments that need to be prioritized) and another reason is that in our case, it’s not as straight forward as it seems, these are two reasons that come to mind:
DJ sets: we’d need to find a way to support metatags within a DJ mix which we currently don’t have and that would be a feature itself.
Username/track structure: username (artist) + title = easy. It gets tricky when for example you’re a label: username (label) + title (artist name + track title). That’s another tricky one to solve but we discussed a potential good solution today.
So in short: we love it and hope to be able to add it in the future.