SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business.
SoundCloud has been around since 2007, growing from a simple streaming player to take on podcasting, music discovery, and basically anything else that involves audio. Whether you make use of the site as a listener, creator, or both, here are 10 tricks for taking your SoundCloud experience to the next level.
Soundcloud just introduced a $1o per month streaming music service called Go ($13 if you sign up through the iOS app), which adds only two new features to the existing offering: the ability to listen ad-free and download music for listening offline. Is it dead in the water? Oy Soundcloud.
Nintendo may not ever be on the leading edge of gaming, but it writes some bangers. Even the Wii shop song—which is essentially the home console version of hold music—is fertile ground for mashups. Soundcloud’s obsession with the Wii Shop jam also intersected with many of its other memes (“Bonfire,” Smash Mouth/Shrek, …
In February 2012, two friends and I started a podcast. It wasn’t a complex idea. They’re two straight male comedians and one day, they made a joke about doing a dating advice podcast in which they’d advise only non-straight males. Why would anyone want their advice, was the hilarious joke. I took it seriously. That…
A couple months ago, SoundCloud opened its podcasting service up to everyone. There are limits to what you can do with a free account, but it’s a great way to dip a toe into the podcasting waters without spending any money, and you don’t necessarily need any in-depth technical knowledge.
The warm weather means music festival season, where all of your favorite bands play for throngs of revelers who love them as much as you do. The only downside, of course, are the ticket prices, crowds, and general hassle of going. Here’s how to bring that experience home to the comfort of your couch.
With all these rich musicians making a ruckus about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service, I’m getting a little emotional. Not about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service. About the bygone golden era of streaming music’s erstwhile golden boy: SoundCloud.
SoundCloud has always been great for finding new music, but its manner of organization and discovery has kind of sucked. Until now! Today the site is introducing a new page called collection, where you can find all the stuff you've liked and reposted, as well as the stuff the other people you're following are posting,…
First came the ads, now SoundCloud has a deal with a bonafide record deal with Warner Music Group. SoundCloud has made it official with a real record company. It's really growing up.
Twitter is launching a new music feature called Audio Cards that lets people embed audio in their tweets. This means just like you can put a photo or video in a tweet, you'll be able to insert audio.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Soundcloud is the best things that's ever happened to music on the internet. So it's a blast to see how people are using the platform to build fun, new things—like this command-line interface for internet radio.
Bloomberg is reporting that Soundcloud is close to signing deals with the world's largest music labels that will protect it from legal wranglings over copyright violations.
There’s a month-long audio challenge in June called AudioMo (more at twitter.com/AudioMo and audiomo.net). The intention appears to be to get music-makers making music, along the lines of National Novel Writing Month and February Album Writing Month. Here’s a description of AudioMo from its website:
Some of the best ideas are also the simplest. And there are few things more simple than SoundCloud, which in its seven year existence has sneakily become one of the best things online. How'd it get there? Slowly, surely, and with a cadre of artists as diverse as the internet itself.
Larry Johnson, whose music is often credited to L-A-J, has taken the nascent modular synthesis experiment that I recently posted, “Making Waves Make Waves,” and reworked it into something considerably more nuanced and complex, for which I am quite thankful. I’ve had field recordings reworked by others in the past, but…
Ambient music can have an unfinished quality, because it leaves so much space open. “Three Aimless Clouds” by Michael Ash Sharbaugh is less aimless than much such music, though, thanks to several qualities, key among them a rising, siren-like tone that marks the opening of the track, and a melodic insistence that…