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Introducing the New SoundCloud Tile

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Do you need an idea to boost employee engagement? Or do you want to share something you’ve heard on your intranet, whether a song or an informative podcast? The LiveTiles developers are big music fans, who believe the digital workplace should be productive and fun at the same time.

Teamwork and collaboration is always improved when people can come together and share an experience. We think SoundCloud is one of the best ways to get the ball rolling. SoundCloud brings a new way of listening to your computer or phone. The music streaming service hit the ground running, “Since its October 2008 debut, SoundCloud has been the de facto home for everybody from singer-songwriters to abstract-leaning producers” (Matos).

It has a unique way of managing music, “For listeners, SoundCloud is less like a music collection or radio station than an audio-based social network” (Walker). Why are digital trends moving in the direction of SoundCloud? Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

“The company has 175 million users, and has been growing like mad over the last few years. It’s now the third most popular music app on iOS (and fourth on Android), and one of the most popular platforms not run by Facebook or Google. It’s incredibly friendly to creators, the DJs and remixers and curators who use it” (Pierce).

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Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-07-10/can-soundcloud-be-the-facebook-of-music-

Musicians use SoundCloud to share music and comment on each other’s tracks. A user can even select the specific part of the song they’d like to comment on with a point and click. For dedicated music fans, Soundcloud provides “the ability to share music and connect directly with artists, as well as unearth breakthrough tracks, raw demos, podcasts and more” (“SoundCloud”).

SoundCloud has most recently come out with the premium service, SoundCloud Go. For a $9.99 subscription fee, “SoundCloud Go offers offline playback from an expanded library of artists” (Savov). Since “SoundCloud has seen unprecedented growth” over the last few years, and it shows no signs of stopping, our developers thought it would be best to integrate it into LiveTiles Design to make it readily available for our users (Kostaras).

Introducing the New SoundCloud Tile

You’ll find the SoundCloud Tile under the “Media” tab.

It’s simple to set the URL, just look under SoundCloud and copy the link from your browser. When the link is pasted into the “Share URL” dialog, it will automatically load in the designer. If you want the expanded player to show, click on “Large Player.”

Introducing the New SoundCloud Tile

With the LiveTiles Design user interface (UI), SoundCloud is ready for immediate integration into your Office 365 and SharePoint sites. Share a song in your digital workplace, or combine a specific track with an employee recognition post in Office 365’s social network, Yammer. Or, steer toward one of SoundCloud’s shows on project management tools, such as Ricardo Vargas’ 00:05 PM found here: https://soundcloud.com/ricardo-vargas-podcast. Research data management or listen to a podcast, while having an awesome user experience (UX). When you find the right track, integrate it into your site within seconds, with the LiveTiles Design platform.

References:

1. Kostaras, Michael. “The Case for SoundCloud.” Music Business Journal April 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.

2. Matos, Michelangelo. “With New Deals, Apple And SoundCloud Remix The Dance Music Marketplace.” NPR 29 April 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.

3. Pierce, David. “SoundCloud Go: An Audacious Answer to Spotify That’s Dying to Stand Out.” Wired 29 March 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.

4. Savov, Vlad. “Soundcloud is launching a subscription music service.” The Verge 29 March 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.

5.  “SoundCloud Go Launches: Uniting Music’s Past, Present And Future” PR Newswire 29 March 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.  

6. Walker, Rob. “Can SoundCloud Be the Facebook of Music?” Bloomberg. 10 July 2015. Web. 8 August 2016. 

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