SoundCloud relaunches comment capability for mobile users

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The comment section has made its way back to mobile SoundCloud users — finally.

In a release published on Aug. 7, SoundCloud announced that was relaunching its commenting capabilities for iOS and Android users. The reinstated feature boasts easy navigation, the ability to give and receive feedback instantly, and more control and freedom. Users can tap the app’s conversation bubble to leave their own comment or read what others have posted. They can also leave replies to other users’ comments in the same manner.

“As the world’s largest music streaming platform sparking social connections between artists and fans around the world, SoundCloud creates an open, authentic and dynamic community where everyone can share and connect,” the release states. “So be heard. Hear back. Connect anytime, anywhere – first on SoundCloud.”

Creators like DRAM have been vocal about the importance of comment sections on platforms like SoundCloud.

“I have been so appreciative for what SoundCloud has done for current music to this day,” DRAM said in promotional video for the music streaming platform. “And the fact that [SoundCloud is] gonna add comments on mobile? That’s lit!… It’s instant feedback.”

The commenting feature begins rolling out to users on Aug. 7 via the latest version of the SoundCloud mobile app.

SoundCloud Finally Brings Back Comments On Mobile Devices

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Starting today, SoundCloud is relaunching its commenting feature on mobile devices (iOS and Android). While commenting was always the core of what made SoundCloud stand apart from the rest, SoundCloud took away comments on its mobile experience which did not please anyone. While SoundCloud has been on its downfall for the past few years, SoundCloud

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Premiere: Phlegmatic Dogs AMFAMFAMF Guest Mix

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Just a few weeks away from the very first All My Friends (AMFAMFAMF) music festival, Gary Richards, aka Destructo, shares the second Guest Mix leading up to the August 18-19 LA endeavor via the Phlegmatic Dogs. Destructo’s pre-fest mixtapes, 15 of which he has already mixed himself and uploaded to the AMFAMFAMF Soundcloud page, are somewhat of an anomaly, a rather unparalleled pre-festival feature.

A relatively smaller name on the AMFAMFAMF ticket, the Phlegmatic Dogs have been causing quite a ruckus in heavy house circles as of late, with irreverent singles like “Keepmastik” and “Westcoaster,” permeating through underground and main stage house sets alike. With their high-energy AMFAMFAMF mixtape, the Night Bass duo brings equal parts tenacity and quirk, oscillating between mainstays like Habstrakt‘s “Movie” and obscure garage house offerings like fellow Night Bass-ian, Chris Lorenzo‘s “Horn Porn,” as well as a hefty amount of their own kookyily-named concoctions like “Cuatrocats.” If this mix is any indicator, the Phlegmatic Dogs are primed to reap destruction at the August gathering when they take the stage.


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Ekali, Hekler & Tynan release new track Blood Moon

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Who says new music has to be on Fridays? Ekali, Hekler and Tynan released the new track “Blood Moon” yesterday via Soundcloud. This out-of-this-world track features super-bassy trap sounds and is bound to be a hit in underground shows, as well as big festivals. Blood Moon hit Reddit last night, so it is soon to

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Ekali Releases Part 5 of his Awakening Mix Series

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Ekali is having a big year. With collaborations with Skrillex, NGHTMRE, ZHU and more, it’s only up for Ekali. Today, the artist released the fifth installment of his Awakening remix series. The mix features remixes of artists such as Dua Lipa, Cashmere Cat, Troyboi and more. The mix features a variety of sounds and feelings.

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SoundCloud shares tips for getting more plays

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In a music industry where artists are constantly vying for plays, marketing music to listeners can often be a challenge. A recent blog post from SoundCloud has offered tips to artists on how to make the most of the platform and get their tracks in front of the right people.

Firstly, they recommend keeping track, album, and playlist titles clean. “We’re not talking censorship here. We’re talking about all those times you were told as a kid to tidy your room. The same principle applies. A tidy track title helps fans know exactly what they’re listening to.” The post recommends a simple “artist name – track title” format to ensure the track can be easily identified.

They also suggest making the most of images and descriptions. “Your music shouldn’t just sound good, it should also look good.” The SoundCloud pros note to always upload high resolution artwork for tracks and albums and include additional information in the description section of the upload. They recommend including a track’s backstory, adding credits, lyrics, gear lists or guest lists where applicable.

Third, they note the importance of genre and mood tags. “SoundCloud uses an algorithm to recommend track to users, so it’s important to tag your tracks with accurate genre information.” After selecting a main genre tag, tag tracks with relevant sub-genres and moods that describe the track. They add that it’s better to add a handful of relevant tags than go crazy and add as many as possible.

Next, they recommend building your own SoundCloud discography. Playlists marked as an album, EP, single, or compilation will be displayed in the albums section of your profile, listed in order of release date to make it easier for fans to find. “If you want to dig into your own archive and upload some old tracks, they will be displayed in your discography without taking attention away from your most recent tracks.”

Lastly, they share a tip for editing multiple tracks at once. Artists can make changes — like updating settings, tags, artwork — to multiple tracks at once, along with creating  a new playlist from a selection of tracks. They can edit multiple tracks by visiting soundcloud.com/you/tracks. Select the tracks, then click ‘edit’ or ‘add’ to make changes.

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SoundCloud’s revenue soars past $100 million mark, but is it enough?

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SoundCloud’s 2017 revenues have dramatically increased, but despite the financial gains made by the music streaming service, SoundCloud isn’t out of the woods just yet.

After facing what then appeared to be imminent bankruptcy last year, SoundCloud has made strides in the economic arena, exceeding its financial and user growth targets. SoundCloud has additionally surpassed its revenue goal of $100 million, less than a year after angel investors, The Raine Group and Temasek Holdings, saved the platform in a $150-million-dollar joint redemptive investment, one that notably secured a controlling stake in SoundCloud for The Raine Group and Temasek Holdings. SoundCloud “has never been healthier financially,” says CEO Kerry Trainor.

Trainor’s involvement with the company has led SoundCloud to depart from a business strategy that imitates Spotify’s model, to instead aggrandize its market of up-and-coming music producers. SoundCloud now markets music creation tools to its independent content creators for $70-100 a year, a move that initiates a positive feedback loop in which artists purchase the tools to generate content that they then post on SoundCloud, thus attracting listeners to the streaming service, and motivating artists to continue to purchase the tools from SoundCloud as their listener counts soar.

SoundCloud has and continues to execute a fiscal comeback that aims to situate financial woes permanently in the past, but the platform’s long-term sustainability will remain in question if the company does not devise a formidable plan of monetary attack for the future. SoundCloud’s subscription streaming service, SoundCloud Go, for instance, remains only in its nascent stages, and has yet to gain popularity among listeners.

Managing Director of Midia Research, Mark Mulligan localizes SoundCloud’s most attractive prospect for economic endurance in a later acquisition, preferably by Spotify. Although Spotify retreated from a potential acquisition of SoundCloud two years ago, Trainor seems also to share Mulligan’s view that an acquisition would be the best route for SoundCloud. Trainor has said that SoundCloud “will potentially be of interest [to suitors]” in the years to come, assuming, of course, that SoundCloud can maintain its current momentum.

H/T: Digital Music News

Soundcloud Adds New Scheduling Upload Feature

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Music makers, producers, and Djs around the world, SoundCloud will finally make your life easier than it ever was before. Recently, The popular music platform has introduced a new feature that now allows you to schedule your music uploads. Unfortunately, you have to have a Pro Unlimited account with the platform in order to have

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Soundcloud releases new scheduling feature for track releases

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Have a track you want to share, but don’t want to share it right this minute? SoundCloud is taking extra steps to ensure that releasing tracks on their platform is easier than ever before. The streaming giant has unveiled a new program in which users can schedule track releases ahead of time. Artists can now schedule releases by setting the specific date and time in advance with Soundcloud’s new Pro Unlimited feature.

This feature will allow artists to make their mixes available as soon as they’ve finished a set, time a track release with its live debut, and deliver a weekly podcast at the same time every week. Learn more on SoundCloud’s blog.

A cryptic SoundCloud upload has some speculating it’s a Daft Punk ‘leak’

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Activity on the r/daftpunk subreddit is momentarily diverting ticket holders’ attention from the Swedish House Mafia rumor mill, and directing it instead toward Daft Punk‘s.

The speculation surrounding a Daft Punk reunion on the final day of Ultra Music Festival has continued to mount since the iron-on patches enclosed in the Ultra 20 ticket canisters originally spawned speculation that Daft Punk would close out the festival. A SoundCloud upload entitled “x” by a “User19972001200420132019” has made its way to the r/daftpunk, and despite some Redditors’ doubts, many believe the track to be an “unconfirmed leak” of some kind. The moderators of the subreddit reportedly know the source of the “leak” and have determined that the SoundCloud post could be legitimate.

User19972001200420132019’s supposed leak has since been compared to a previous “leak” of “Overnight,” a single that Daft Punk released in 2017. Redditors have also questioned the significance of the username. Some perceive the series of numbers to be arbitrary, whereas other have suggested that the years represent album release dates.

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The SoundCloud post surfaces — for now — as a connection to a possible Daft Punk anniversary performance at Ultra Music Festival that is tenuous at best.

H/T: EDM Tunes