Redesigned Soundcloud Launches In Private Beta [Screenshots]

SSoundCloud announced today a complete redesign that will be available immediately via private beta invites and phased rollouts to its community over the upcoming months. The Next SoundCloud promise to make it as easy to create and share sound as it already is for photos, videos and text.

“Over the past few years we’ve been championing the need to unmute the web and have signed up over 15 million sound creators in the process,” said Alexander Ljung, founder & CEO. “Today we are pushing further towards that goal by launching a private beta of the Next SoundCloud, which delivers a simpler, faster, more social sound platform to help everyone appreciate sound more.”

“Next SoundCloud has been re-engineered from the inside out,” said Eric Wahlforss, founder & CTO. “It’s much more than an aesthetic change. By making use of state of the art technologies available in the latest generation browsers, we’ve created a technology platform that enables us to provide a much better user experience and develop new features faster.”

Notable features included in the private beta launch:

  • A more interactive waveform player: The next SoundCloud Waveform puts your sounds at the forefront. More visible, more interactive, and no more comment clutter. Read replies with a single scroll too.
  • Profiles redesigned with you in mind: Simpler, more attractive profiles bring the best things into view: sounds, sets, reposts and profile images. Likes and comments are more visible. See which of your friends are following people you find.
  • New reposts to share what you hear: Share your sounds even further. New reposts let your friends, fans and followers repost your sounds for others to hear. And sets can be reposted in just the same way.
  • Real-time updates from your friends: Keep up-to-date the second something happens with real-time notifications. When someone likes or reposts your sounds, you’ll see right away. Other people can see your activity too.
  • Play sounds continuously: Press play and just keep listening. Explore the next SoundCloud while continuing to play sounds from your Stream. Hit the Waveform icon to return to the sound you’re hearing.
  • Build sets of music and audio you like: Forget playlists. Sets let you build collections of the sounds you create and like in one Waveform. Share your sets with people, and like and repost other people’s sets too.
  • Easier than ever to navigate: The next SoundCloud is even more intuitive. A simplified About section includes only the links you need. Notifications keep you informed. Keyboard shortcuts and volume control make life easier.
  • New search with faster, better results: Find new sounds faster with improved search. Search suggestions appear as soon as you type. Improved search algorithms deliver more relevant results faster.

SoundCloud will offer tens of thousands of invites during this private beta, and a public beta is expected in the coming months. Full switchover will be executed by the end of this year. SoundCloud users will still be able to take advantage of existing features in the current version, such as upload and record, and new features will be added during the private beta period.

Head over to next.soundcloud.com for more info and to sign up for the beta.

What do you think about the announcement? What will the new Soundcloud bring to the music world? Share thoughts in the comments!

And check out more “next” Soundcloud screenshots below:

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