New SoundCloud design goes live for all users with a plethora of new features
SoundCloud, the popular cloud-based audio distribution platform, has been beta testing a new design of its service over the past several months and is rolling out these changes to everyone, as of today.
CEO Alexander Ljung announced the official launch at the Le Web conference in Paris this morning. The new design is cleaner, more polished, and much more intuitive than the interface it is replacing. There is a greater focus on content discovery and social sharing, thanks to a plethora of new social features designed to make SoundCloud more of a destination on the web, rather than just a dashboard from which to manage your own content and the content of the users you follow.
For users that haven’t been exposed to the beta version of SoundCloud on the web, which debuted in May this year (aka ‘The Next SoundCloud’), the new design and user experience now complements that of the mobile app design, which until today, looked entirely different to the design of the main web client.
SoundCloud founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss said: “Everything’s new: much more than an aesthetic redesign, the latest SoundCloud is a state-of-the-art, re-engineered platform that feels so different from before and offers an even better music and audio experience,”
Reposting is one of the flagship features in the new design, allowing you to post another user’s content into your own stream, increasing the potential for discovery by other SoundCloud users. Similar to a ‘retweet’, where you share another user’s Twitter post in your own feed.
Sets is another notable new feature, allowing you to create playlists of any public SoundCloud tracks, which you can then manage within your account and even share with other users across SoundCloud itself, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. You can also embed sets into web pages just like you are traditionally able to do with individual SoundCloud tracks.
There are plenty more features for you to explore for yourself, so go check out the new SoundCloud today. It should be live for everyone to use as of right now. If not, it will no doubt roll out over the next few hours so be patient.
As far as the mobile apps are concerned, there are some scheduled updates coming to the Android and iOS mobiles apps on 6 December, bringing some new user experience tweaks, ‘repost’ functionality and updates to the mobile search experience.Alexander Ljung, Eric Wahlforss, le web, Soundcloud
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