SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany, that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds. SoundCloud's content is evenly split between music and other audio. Founders Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss are the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technical officer (CTO), respectively.

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  • Growth in code bases come with exciting scalability challenges. As the size of the iOS codebase and team at SoundCloud grew, we faced challenges: long compile times and conflicts. Our productivity started to suffer as a result. We took inspiration from the work done in the backend (Building Products at SoundCloud) and applied it to mobile development. The main goal was to get back to a state where...

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  • This weekend, SoundCloud was out in full force at the first annual BBC Music Introducing Hosts Amplify event at London’s ExCel center. The conference brought together the UK’s largest gathering of creators in the UK with more than 15,000 tickets sold, and gave up and coming singer/songwriters, bands, DJs, producers and industry experts the opportunity to […] The post ICYMI: SoundCloud x BBC Music ...

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  • Here at SoundCloud, we’ve been working on helping our Data Scientists be more effective, happy, and productive. We revamped our organizational structure, clearly defined the role of a Data Scientist and a Data Engineer, introduced working groups to solve common problems (like this), and positioned ourselves to do incredible work! Most recently, we started thinking about the work that a Data Scient...

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  • We know stats are an essential tool for creators, and that’s why SoundCloud’s excited to introduce a new playlist stat, which offers all creators even more ways to understand where their plays are coming from and the people behind them. The new playlist stat, available on the web and on SoundCloud Pulse, SoundCloud’s creator-focused companion […] The post New Playlist Stat Connects Creators and Cu...

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  • “I think a sense of community is so affirming. If you feel alone in your endeavors, it’s a lot harder to progress. Whereas if you have a few peers supporting what you’re doing, it’s a lot easier to navigate in that world.” ‘Extended Mix,’ the newest episode from SoundCloud Next Wave, premieres today, featuring the New York-based […] The post Discwoman Driving Diversity in NY Electronic Music Scene...

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  • In New York City, a self-made collective of next level electronic artists is changing the face of club culture. Meet the minds behind Discwoman. Credits: Director: Scott Perry Producer: Frances Capell Produced By: The FADER Executive Producers: Rob Stone, Jon Cohen, Andy Cohn, Anthony Holland Creative Director: Robert Semmer Director of Photography: Mikey Van Bueren Assistant Camera: Robert Agu...

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  • Product development flow (flow) is the rate at which our products are developed, from idea to deployment. Good flow means that products should pass through the development cycle quickly and continuously. Problem Statement SoundCloud faces challenges with its product development flow. SoundCloud’s CTO, Artem Fishman, summed up these challenges succinctly during the May 2017 Engineering Town Hall....

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  • The latest episode of SoundCloud Next Wave, SoundCloud’s mini-docuseries spotlighting emerging music scenes around the globe, is now available. The latest episode, ‘Northern Stars,’ features Toronto-based, budding local artists Harrison, a l l i e, Birthday Boy and M.I. Blue, whose music is characterized by a futuristic and playful blend of r&b, electronic and pop. The episode captures […] The pos...

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  • Explore the other side of Toronto’s sound with Harrison, a l l i e, Birthday Boy, and M.I. Blue, a new wave of local artists making music that’s just “a little more jiggy”. Credits: Directed by: Scott Perry, Frances Capell Producer: Frances Capell Produced By: The FADER Executive Producers: Rob Stone, Jon Cohen, Andy Cohn, Anthony Holland Creative Director: Robert Semmer Director of Photography:...

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  • SoundCloud Pulse, SoundCloud’s creator-focused companion app, enables creators to manage their accounts and keep their communities humming anytime, anywhere. The app brings the insights available on desktop to the hands of on-the-go creators. This includes the latest stats on track performance, the ability to comment back to fans, edit tracks, and manage your profile directly […] The post Even mor...

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  • Hey everyone, Recently you heard me say SoundCloud isn’t going away. And today I’m here to tell you the exact same thing once again. In all caps. I’m happy to announce that together with investors The Raine Group and Temasek we’ve just wrapped up the largest financing round in the history of SoundCloud. This financing […] The post Exciting news and the future of SoundCloud appeared first on SoundC...

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  • If you're a regular visitor to this blog, you might be aware that we have been transitioning to a microservices based architecture over the past four to five years, as we have shared insights into the process and the related challenges on multiple occasions. To recap, adopting a microservices architecture has allowed us to regain team autonomy by breaking up our monolithic backend into dozens of d...

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  • A method for signing in to a device that doesn’t have a keyboard When we were developing our SoundCloud app for Xbox One, something became very obvious during usability testing: signing in with a game controller really sucks. Entering text requires navigating a virtual keyboard to individual letters, numbers, and characters one at a time – such a nightmare! Plus, letters, numbers, and special cha...

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  • Once upon a time, we had a single monolith of software, one mothership running everything. At SoundCloud, the proliferation of microservices came from moving functionality out of the mothership. There are plenty of benefits to splitting up features in this way. We want the same benefits for our data as well, by defining ownership of datasets and ensuring that the right teams own the right datasets...

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  • Building and operating services distributed across a network is hard. Failures are inevitable. The way forward is having resiliency as a key part of design decisions. This post talks about two key aspects of resiliency when doing RPC at scale - the circuit breaker pattern, and its power combined with client-side load balancing. Circuit breakers v1.0 A basic definition of the Circuit Breaker pat...

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  • Today we are launching a new API application process. Starting today, developers will need to fill out an application form to request access to our API. Here is why. As SoundCloud has grown, we’ve seen our API used in countless innovative ways that support and enhance the SoundCloud experience for our creators and listeners around the globe. At the same time, we’ve also seen a number of apps o...

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  • In a previous series of blog posts, we covered our decision to move away from a monolithic architecture, replacing it with microservices, interacting synchronously with each other over HTTP, and asynchronously using events. In this post, we review our progress toward this goal, and talk about the conditions and strategy required to decommission our monolith. Let's review briefly. We are presented...

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  • Hey everyone, There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in the world right now. And it’s just that, noise. The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in […] The post SoundCloud is here to stay. appeared first on SoundCloud.

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  • Eric and I founded SoundCloud nearly 10 years ago as we saw a need for something that would enable artists to share and connect through music. As we hovered together back in 2008 to push the button that would make SoundCloud live for the entire world, we had no idea the impact our, then tiny, […] The post A note from Alex Ljung appeared first on SoundCloud.

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  • It’s finally here. Next up, our newest feature for desktop and mobile devices, puts you in total control of your music listening experience. Users can now see what’s coming up next with a visible play queue, add, reorder and remove items, and access a full set of shuffle and repeat mode. Available now on web […] The post Introducing: Next up – Now You’re In Control appeared first on SoundCloud.

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  • Today we’re leveling up your music listening with the launch of the new SoundCloud app on Xbox One. As a gamer you crave an easy to use streaming audio experience that won’t get in the way of your game. So, whether you’re playing a first person shooter, the newest racing game, or your favorite sports […] The post Get in the Game with SoundCloud on Xbox One appeared first on SoundCloud.

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  •   We’ve just dropped The Upload, a brand new discovery feature on SoundCloud that brings you a list of the freshest new music uploaded to the platform, personalized to your taste on a daily basis. With a constantly expanding mix of music uploaded to SoundCloud every day, we’ve now made it easier to filter through […] The post Introducing The Upload – New to SoundCloud. Selected for you. appeared f...

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  • We are excited to announce SoundCloud is now available on Google Chromecast through desktop web and your iOS device. While we were already integrated with Android, we’ve made it even better and extended the experience to include iOS devices. What’s new? Now users with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription can stream their complete catalog through Google Chromecast. We […] The post SoundCloud is now availa...

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