Manolo, head of audio at SoundCloud, explained to a few of us in the office last week how SoundCloud works.
The way I understand it, SoundCloud is sort of like a YouTube for audio except that you may have to pay. A lot of musicians use it. It’s good for social-networking purposes because it’s fast. You don’t need to download a separate player to hear the audio. It starts playing automatically, as you can see below.
Manolo said something about “two weeks free,” but I’m not sure I understand that part yet. The clip below, from a South African nonprofit is one track that seems to be free at any time. There are other tracks from magazines like the Economist, which I assume the owners want you to use and won’t charge.
But if you want to upload your music, bird calls, or soundbites, I guess that’s where you have only two free weeks.
If anyone understands this better, please let me know. I want to experiment.
Hear kids at the Children’s Radio Foundation in South Africa wish a happy 94th Birthday to Nelson Mandela.