Today, the people I’m meeting are putting their music on SoundCloud. It’s easy to upload, and the player is sweet. Nice visuals. Each to click to play. When you’re at the soundcloud site, the player minimizes down to the bottom of the window and keeps playing while you look for other things to explore. I started putting things on SoundCloud this week. A player can also be embedded in your own web site, and there are lots of shapes, visuals and functionality.
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/124222697″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” iframe=”true” /]
As you see from the panel above, you can embed the player in your own web site. You don’t have to send listeners to SoundCloud, though you can do that too.
You can also make your uploads private. Well that’s kind of stupid—that you’d put up music and don’t want anyone to hear it, huh? But for sharing a work-in-progress, it’s perfect. I can put up the file and share it with my teacher, or musicians who are going to play it, and nobody else needs to hear it until it’s ready.
SoundCloud uses a freemium model, where the first 180 minutes you upload are free, then you start paying if you need more.