For those of you who aren’t in the know, Soundcloud is a company that sells SAS. SAS is “Software as a Service”. In other words, it’s a website application that offers subscription plans. And they should, because they’re good at it.
1. The Fastest Way To Share Audio
Soundcloud is simply one of the fastest ways to share audio, and not just music. People put everything from podcast type of stuff to sermons and spoken word. A lot of apps also connect to it for sharing, like Akai’s iMPC.
2. It Places Comments in the Audio Timeline
This is one of the coolest features of Soundcloud. As people listen, they can place a comment on a specific location of your song, talk, or whatever you uploaded. Obviously, things can get messy with a lot of comments, but I don’t have that problem.
3. Embedded Players for Blogs
You can easily embed a Soundcloud player on any website, such as this one. You can even embed playlists.
4. Social Media Automatic Players
Sharing links to your Soundcloud files will automatically embed players in many social media sites like Facebook and Google+.
5. Limits and Price Barriers
As of the time of this writing, Soundcloud has three service offerings:
- Free – Up to 2 hours of uploaded tracks
- Pro – $6/mo or $55/yr for up to 4 hours of tracks
- Unlimited – $15/mo or $135/yr (for unlimited tracks obviously)
Each of the paid options comes with additional statistics for you as well.
I tried out the pro version for a year, and while it was nice, it wasn’t that nice. In the end, I removed most of the tracks I had on there and decided to only keep special, or featured tracks available on there. I believe it’s best to originate most of what you share from a permanent source (owned media) such as a blog. This way when you share, even if you downgrade your Soundcloud account, your links aren’t broken. Sharing links to Soundcloud don’t do much for your own site.
In the future, I will still use Soundcloud, just not as much, and not for as much.
My secret is God, my might and strength, my Father who lives.