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  • November 14th, 2011 Announcements Competition App - Host a contest, powered by SoundCloud By Lee Martin

    Competition

    Competitions are a great way to get your fans involved around a particular theme or release. They encourage original content creation and tend to be extremely viral due to the high level of self-promotion involved with participating.

    The infrastructure you choose to throw these contests on should be accessible from any device while also providing a nice aesthetic backdrop to apply your branding. Users should be able to submit, vote, and comment no matter where they’re coming from: Web, iPhone, Facebook Tab, etc.

    Today we’re putting forth an open-source app called Competition which we think is a great solution to the problem.

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  • November 14th, 2011 Announcements Connect & Record with the new JavaScript SDK By Johannes Wagener

    Connect and Record

    Today we're excited to announce a big update to our JavaScript SDK. Aside from improving the existing functionality like authentication, API read requests and oEmbed, we've added some sweet new features:

    • API write support:

      Create comments, follow users, like sounds and update user profiles

    • Audio Streaming:

      Build your own player powered by SoundCloud

    • Audio recording and uploading:

      Let your users record and upload sounds to SoundCloud from your website.

    All of these features can be added to your website with only a few lines of JavaScript saving you the pain of dealing with tricky things like cross domain communication, dependency loading and cross browser workarounds.

    Want to try it out yourself? Take a look at the examples and check out the docs to get started.

    We're excited to see what apps you can build on top of this! And let us know your thoughts on how we can continue to improve our developer resources.

  • November 11th, 2011 Events Hacks Music Hack Day Boston 2011 By Chris Caselas

    Last weekend was another successful Music Hack Day Boston jam-packed with cool hacks, and hackers alike. We are always excited to get involved, meet new and interesting people, and of course hack!

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  • November 9th, 2011 HTML5 Open Source SoundCloud launches the HTML5 Audio Improvement Initiative By matas

    We at SoundCloud want to build the best sound player for the web, and we want to do that using the Open Web standards. While working on the native audio features on our mobile site and new widgets, or even as an experiment on the main site, we have discovered that the HTML5 Audio standard is not equally well implemented across all modern browsers and some decisions can be made that would benefit the web audio users and web developers alike. Soundcloud launches the “Are We Playing Yet?” project, which aims to raise the awareness about the state of HTML5 Audio implementations in the web browsers.

    We have decided to help the parties involved and collect the issues in one place, document them, provide the code and add interactive tests that will show the implementation progress. We understand how the software development works, and that a few iterations are needed until something is fully done. We hope ”Are We Playing Yet?” can function as a handy development and quality monitoring tool.

    “Are We Playing Yet?” was started by SoundCloud but it’s open to all companies and developers who care about the state of HTML5 audio and want to build applications based on this Web standard. You can get the project source on GitHub, contribute tests and fixes via the pull requests or Issue Tracker, and connect to the people involved via @areweplayingyet on Twitter.

  • October 27th, 2011 Velocity Europe Birds of a Feather Meetup By Eliot

    With excitement building for the Velocity Conference in Berlin, we are happy to announce a pre-event meet up on Monday, November 7 at the Betahaus in Berlin. The event will be a great opportunity for visitors of the Velocity conference to beat the jet lag with a day of networking and relaxed sessions and talks. To get everyone in the Berlin-state-of-mind, the evening will be capped with a party.

    Berlin has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s main technology hubs. There are a lot of web companies in Berlin which are part of a constantly growing and vibrant local web community. The location for the BoF, Betahaus, is a shared-office innovation-inducing place that is used by small and large startups as well as established organisations.

    Participation is free for Velocity Europe attendees. Non-Velocity attendees can pay 50 Euros to take part in the BoF event. The evening party is open to all and does not require registration.

    The pre-event will be organized as an open space or unconference with on-spot planning of the sessions. The event is limited to 150 participants who must register in advance. If the event is not sold out in advance, participants can show up at the door.

    At the Betahaus, we have 2 larger rooms and 4 smaller meeting rooms. We will hold presentations in the larger rooms and hold discussions in the meeting rooms. The meeting rooms for the discussion can hold up to 10 people. Anyone interested in speaking at the event can contact Eliot (eliot(at)soundcloud.com to submit a discussion topic.

    The day will close with an open party . Event participants will enjoy a dinner buffet & free drinks at the after-event party.

    You can register for the event here: http://veubof2011.eventbrite.co.uk/ (free for Velocity attendees / 50 Euros at the door for non-Velocity attendees)

    Outline agenda (subject to change):

    • 13:00: Arrive at Betahaus
    • 14:00: Event starts with welcoming remarks and the session planning
    • 15:15 – 16:15: Sessions 1 & 2, each 30 minutes
    • 16:15 – 16:45: Coffee break
    • 16:45 – 17:45: Sessions 3 & 4, each 30 minutes
    • 17:45 – 18:15: Wrap up
    • 18:30: Dinner buffet for event participants
    • 19:30: Open party

    Event location: Betahaus Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20 10969 Berlin Betahaus on Google Maps