Sounding out SoundCloud

Regular followers of Sciencetext are advised to quickly grab their ear defenders as I have been singing and strumming a bit more and uploading my songs and cover versions to the SoundCloud service. Think of it as Youtube for music rather than video. It provides a neat and efficient interface for uploading your sounds and a simple widget approach to embedding them on other sites.

Having been with SoundCloud for a while, I thought it was about time I upgraded to get some extra minutes (I’d abutted the limit a couple of times and had to delete a few older, less popular listens) and so made the leap from the free account to a Lite account (a relative snip at just €29 a year), which gives you 240 minutes. About five vinyl LP albums in old money, one might say. The Solo account takes you up to 12 hours, but the Pro Plus account €500 a year for unlimited upload time.

Anyway, I recorded a cover version of the Athlete song Wires, which got a few listens when I uploaded it, but the stats tell me it had a bit of a download spike bringing it up to well over 4000 listens this week alone. Don’t know why, maybe someone thought it was a new version of the real song or did Oprah give it a mention…

The embedding process can be via conventional link, generic web page widget, or WordPress code. So, here’s an example:

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.