SoundCloud Reveals Creative Commons Integration

TThis week SoundCloud introduced a deeper integration with Creative Commons, making the existing pool of the service’s thousands of CC samples, loops and music tracks more easy to find, remix and re-use. A pretty exciting news for the community of over million music makers, and not only.

Visitors to SoundCloud now can uncover popular Creative Commons-licensed tracks via a dedicated homepage and search for free-to-use samples and audio via the advanced search features and tag browsing. Creators who choose to provide their original work with these free licenses now should have new channels to expose their tracks with the freedom they want them to carry for sharing and reuse. In addition, companies and developers building on SoundCloud’s open platform can bring the same search and remix experience to their users with reportedly increased access and filtering behind the scenes over the API.


Creative Commons is most often associated with photo-sharing sites like Flickr, who host over 140 million CC-licensed images, and more recently with video-hosting platforms such as Vimeo. An increasing number of bigger names in the music world such as Nine Inch Nails, the Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Radiohead, and Snoop Dogg have embraced Creative Commons and it continues to thrive among a wider community of musicians and artists.

Alexander Ljung, CEO of SoundCloud said: “Providing the talented and varied userbase we have on SoundCloud with more options to share and create their own original works is core to our mission. Partnering with Creative Commons is great for our users and any audio creators in the CC community as we look to build a huge library of sounds, samples and songs to inspire more new creativity. These new features will facilitate this process and help to consolidate all the disparate sources of CC audio around the web for future creators.”

Find out more at this location.

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