SoundCloud feature wishlist

I use SoundCloud on average 5 hours a day and I would love to see some or all of these features implemented. 

  1. Friend live listening feed: A version of Spotify’s activity feature. Currently I only know what my friends have liked or reblogged. I can see that they’ve played a sound but it’s covered in Facebook. It’s exactly what Mark meant when he said when they features the content of your friends bigger than the just the names and actions. I want to see what my friends are listening to.
  2. Redesign Groups: Groups have yet to get the facelift the rest of SoundCloud got earlier this year. Only Pro users are allowed to create groups. I’m part of two groups of Facebook just for sharing music (mostly links from YouTube & SoundCloud). This behavior belongs on SoundCloud. 
  3. Listen later: Save sounds to be played for a later date. These could be stored in a ‘Queue’ or ‘Watch Later’ similar to YouTube.
  4. Better commenting: Comments are pretty useless as they exist. For music 90% of comments are something like “Dope” “Sick trackkk” or “Track ID anyone?”You should be able to search comments and filter them by user name and time within the ‘sound.’ A lot of this is already possible with their API. 
  5. Differentiate Liveblog & Like: During the redesign, SoundCloud didn’t explain the difference between a Like and Reblog. Later on they made it so that only a reblog shows up in your feed while a Like is just for your reference. These features still need better defining. Rename ‘Likes’ as bookmarks. 
  6. Track identification: Make identifying and linking tracks within mixes easy. Currently, listeners ask for Track IDs and other users post responses. A lot of DJs hate this because its breaks a part the form of the set. It’s impossible to sort through comments to find these track IDs. You could even gamify this behavior. 
  7. Listen offline: Like Spotify’s listen offline feature. Aside from work, I listen to music most in transit (subway, plane, etc) where there’s no internet access. Cached streaming would be awesome

SoundCloud is built for creators. Creators are also their source of revenue. Listener features are thus given a backseat to the priorities of creators. However, creators would benefit from better listener features because increased usability means more plays and time spent on site.  

IF YOU HATE YOUR BANK, BUY BITCOIN

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Other developers were driven by “enlightened self-interest,” profit or personal politics, he says. But nearly all were intrigued by the promise of a digital currency accessible to anyone in the world that could bypass central banks at a time when the global financial system was on life support. In this respect, the launch of Bitcoin could not have been better timed.

He [Satoshi] doesn’t like the system we have today and wanted a different one that would be more equal. He did not like the notion of banks and bankers getting wealthy just because they hold the keys,” says Andresen.

The Face Behind Bitcoin

Even if you think Bitcoin is speculative disaster waiting to collapse, you have to respect its idealism. 

To want to disrupt the global financial system, that’s an amazing cause. It’s also one of the toughest challenges you take on. 

Buy Bitcoin not because you think it’s a good investment, but because you think we can do better than Bank of America.

TV EVERYWEHRE, THAT’S CALLED TV

Networks like NBC and MSOs like Comcast have attempted to brand the ability to watch their content online as additional feature. It’s not. Viewers just take it for granted. 

OnDemand, DVR, TV Everywhere, broadcast TV..You know what the rest of the Internet calls all those things?

VIDEO. 

By rebranding these online watching ‘features,’ networks are making themselves look outdated. The ability to watch content over the Internet is not a feature. It’s your product. 

HBO GO? Just call it HBO. Adding the GO part just shows your age as a brand. 

What does Netflix call its iPad app? Netflix. And it’s iPhone app? Also, Netflix. It’s all Netflix because they understand the power of device agnosticism. 

Instead of creating a coherent experience for customers, networks are confusing them. They’re splintering the experience for consumers of platforms. 

No one cares about why they can only watch some content on their iPad and not on their laptop or visa versa. It’s all the same to them. 

Personally I’m more annoyed if I cant watch content online than impressed when it is available. I expect it because there’s no reason not to provide it. 

Anyone under the age of 30 does not make a distinction between video and TV. Watching a television show on the internet is just that.

Maybe we can have nice things?
smarterplanet:

NYC’s Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here, and They’re Amazing Mario Aguilar, gizmodo.com
New York subway riders first were promised futuristic touchscreen wayfinding maps a year ago. But the plan to install the futuristic infrastructure stalled as the design team took a step back to improve the hardware. Six months overdue, the first…

Maybe we can have nice things?

smarterplanet:

NYC’s Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here, and They’re Amazing
Mario Aguilar, gizmodo.com

New York subway riders first were promised futuristic touchscreen wayfinding maps a year ago. But the plan to install the futuristic infrastructure stalled as the design team took a step back to improve the hardware. Six months overdue, the first…

maxistentialist:

The Economist:

Last year more than 81,000 people were adopted in Japan, one of the highest rates in the world. But, amazingly, over 90% of those adopted were adults. The practice of adopting men in their 20s and 30s is used to rescue biologically ill-fated families and ensure a business heir, says Vikas Mehrotra, of the University of Alberta, the paper’s lead author. “We haven’t come across this custom in any other part of the world.”

3·Source: economist.com