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  • SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it’s finally letting everyone in. The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options. They challenge existing industry leaders, including Libsyn, as well as provide the RSS hooks necessary to also publish to iTunes and get picked up by… Read More

  • 8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    Music streaming service 8tracks just signed a few licensing deals with independent music labels to make playlist creation much easier. As a reminder, 8tracks true advantage lies in its community — the service is all about creating playlists and sharing them so that you can find the perfect music depending on your favorite genres and current mood. “Historically, DJs on 8tracks have… Read More

  • SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    Audio streaming platform SoundCloud, now on the road to monetizing more of the tracks on its platform through ads and paid subscriptions, is adding a key partnership into the mix to help track what gets played and when: it is now working with Zefr to identify content posted and listened to on the platform. Today’s announcement is light on detail — Zefr notes in a statement… Read More

  • Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year

    Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year

    If your team collaborates online, you’ve almost certainly heard of Slack. Launched in mid-2013, it’s quickly become one of the top names in team communications. That success has just netted Slack co-founders Stewart Butterfield, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson, Serguei Mourachov the Crunchie for Founder Of The Year. Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • SoundCloud Launches Collection, A Customizable Home Base For Users

    SoundCloud Launches Collection, A Customizable Home Base For Users

    SoundCloud’s home page stream isn’t always the most conducive to browsing and discovery, so the company is launching a new alternate home base for its users with ‘Collection,’ a way to follow artists, build playlists and like content for a personalized view and playback experience. It’s a relatively small re-orientation of how SoundCloud users will see the world… Read More

  • SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record labels: the Warner Music Group — whose roster includes David Guetta, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow — will partner with the streaming company around its ad-supported, creator… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

  • Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

    Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

    Listeners love SoundCloud, but can it be a successful business? It’s a critical moment for the company. It lost $29 million on just $14 million in revenue last year after raising over $123M. Can it get acquired at good price? Could it thrive independently? And where does a service built on unlicensed remixes and DJ sets fit in amongst all-legal music services like Spotify? Well find out… Read More

  • SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud, the popular online music and audio sharing platform, is now exceeding 175 million listeners each month and is on track to reach 200 million. But its rapid growth has seen the company’s costs run away from its revenues. According to recent annual filings for 2013, Soundcloud posted turnover of €11.2 million ($14.1 million) in 2013, up 40% from 2012’s revenues… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    Sonos has today announced yet another way for you to listen to the music you love, wirelessly of course, in your home. SoundCloud, the social sharing platform for audio, has joined Sonos as a music partner and goes live today as a beta for Sonos users. For those of you who are not familiar with Sonos, the company sells a wireless hifi speaker system taht includes multiple speakers and a… Read More

  • Should Twitter Crack Open Its Nest Egg To Acquire SoundCloud?

    Should Twitter Crack Open Its Nest Egg To Acquire SoundCloud?

    SoundCloud might be the YouTube of music, but that doesn’t mean Twitter should play Google and acquire it. There are better ways to spend the $2 billion from its IPO than on a music startup which won’t necessarily improve its core service. [Update: And now SPIEGEL ONLINE, a German news outlet from SoundCloud’s home country, says Twitter is not buying SoundCloud. SPIEGEL… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. SoundCloud’s… Read More

  • SoundCloud Turns Instagrams Into Next-Gen Album Art For Its Quarter Billion Visitors

    SoundCloud Turns Instagrams Into Next-Gen Album Art For Its Quarter Billion Visitors

    Two titans of user generated content team up today as SoundCloud begins letting you select from your Instagrams when choosing cover art for sounds and playlists you create. The integration with Instagram’s API could beautify SoundCloud for its 250 million monthly visitors — a new milestone announced today. Read More

  • SoundCloud Now Reaches 250 Million Visitors In Its Quest To Become The Audio Platform Of The Web

    SoundCloud Now Reaches 250 Million Visitors In Its Quest To Become The Audio Platform Of The Web

    Today at Disrupt Europe, SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the stage to share two new updates and share his thoughts on the music industry, music startups and more. Back in July, SoundCloud announced that it has reached 200 million active listeners (monthly active users). But since then, the startup has grown substantially as it now reports 250 million listeners. In addition… Read More

  • Google+ Adds SoundCloud Embeds As It Slowly Opens Up To More Third-Party Integrations

    Google+ Adds SoundCloud Embeds As It Slowly Opens Up To More Third-Party Integrations

    SoundCloud, the increasingly popular service for sharing all things audio, today announced that it is now deeply integrated into Google+. While its users could already easily share links to Google+ from SoundCloud, Google+ now features a built-in audio player that lets you play audio files directly on an artist’s Google+ page. This marks the first time Google has enabled a… Read More

  • In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Use The Toilet Thanks To SoundCloud, And Astronaut Chris Hadfield Is Glad

    In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Use The Toilet Thanks To SoundCloud, And Astronaut Chris Hadfield Is Glad

    Chris Hadfield, former Commander of the International Space Station, is among the most impressive living examples of my fellow Canadians, and also a huge fan of using social media and digital tools to document and share his experience in space with the help of his son Evan Hadfield. The astronaut used SoundCloud a lot while in space, partially to document his extra-atmospheric folk music… Read More

  • Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

    Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

    Editor’s note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark and was the lead investor in Asana, Instagram and Quora among others. Throw a dart at a map. There’s a pretty good chance it’ll hit near someplace hoping to become the “next Silicon Valley.” I’d bet on Berlin. I believe Berlin has the best shot in the Western world outside of Silicon Valley… Read More

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