Want to share your SoundTracking music profile with followers and fans? Would you like a stylish button to put on your website or blog that will take people to the soundtrack of your life?
Well, wait no longer! We are happy to announce an all-new set of SoundTracking buttons that you can embed in your blog or website. These buttons come in different sizes and styles and takes any visitor to your website directly to your SoundTracking profile.
Want more widget styles? This is just the first of a series of SoundTracking widgets! In the coming weeks we’ll be releasing more cool stuff that will let the world know what you’re rockin’ out to.
For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or right here on our blog!
It all started on the night of the Grammys…
A commentator asked Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) his thoughts on Justin Bieber’s absence at the Grammys and lack of nominations. Carney responded, “He’s rich, right? Grammy’s are for music, not for money. He’s making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess.” Hearing this, Bieber took Twitter stating, “The Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha.” But the feud didn’t stop there! On his personal Twitter account, Carney began impersonating Bieber and met the backlash of die-hard Bieber fans (“Beliebers”) which he sassed right back.
Read more on the Twitter battle between The Black Keys and Justin Bieber…
We’ve been thinking about you.
You’ve been busy. Studying at school, going to work, getting life’s errands done, spending time with family, hanging out with friends, and listening to your favorite music all the while.
In the past year, we’ve seen you not only share the serendipity of music in your daily life, we’ve also seen you share honest emotions through music. On weekends, you enjoyed getting your dance on around town, playing the latest Kanye banger or Calvin Harris remix. We felt your sadness when musical heroes passed away and you dedicated songs to them (RIP Amy, Whitney, and MCA). Touching were the quieter moments you shared with friends and family. Including, lazy indie rock afternoons in a park, and late at night with your slow jams on.
We want to make it even more fun and beautiful to share and discover these emotional, meaningful music moments.
Thank you for inspiring us. We’re very excited to present to you the new and redesigned SoundTracking for iOS, optimized for the iPhone 5:
Visual music feeds and timeline
In our old music feeds and timelines we focused on showing you the song title, artist name and caption so that you could see as many posts as possible. We realized a few things though after watching you use that feature and tell us your thoughts. You wanted to see the photo or album cover in large, rich visual display as well. We rethought how to present the posts and activity feeds and music timelines for you and all the places you discover in SoundTracking. Now you’re able to browse music moments visually by images and easily view and play people’s posts in a more fluid way, almost as if you’re crossfading between songs in a mix or playlist. You can scroll effortlessly through music moments seeing the whole vivid photo or album cover and can play, like, love and comment quickly as you move through different soundtracks.
Song dedications & mentions
Whether dedicating a slow jam to someone special, enjoying a rock concert with buddies, or sending a birthday song to a friend, you can now tag your friends in SoundTracking posts. What’s better than simply tagging your friends on SoundTracking? We created a “smart tagging” feature, so if you tag a friend and share your music moment to Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare, then your friend will automatically be tagged and notified through that service as well.
We’ve seen a ton a cool activity on the Trending screen and and love all of the interesting music, photos and conversations happening around the world. But, we also noticed you tagging your neighborhoods and cities in your posts and connecting to people close to you, even in real life. We created a new filter for your Trending screen that allows you to see all the SoundTracking posts trending nearby! The “Trending Nearby” tab lets you see, in real-time, all of the music moments that have been shared from your current neighborhood or city, based upon your geo-location. Try using this feature when you’re out and about to find local music lovers like you!
We think that one of the most fun things about a social network for music lovers is the ability to make friends with common interest in a sound, genre or artist. We wanted to make it much easier for you to find and meet other music lovers like you. So why not tell you who also loved each song you just shared with everyone? Now, when you share a music moment, you’ll receive recommendations from us about other people who also love that particular song. You can go directly to their profile and see what they’re about!
Sometimes, it’s hard to know who to follow. Well, we’ve made that easier, too! DJs, Artists, and other well-known people have some interesting knowledge and tastes in music. So, we’ve created a Verified SoundTrackers feature to help you find some really cool music influencers to follow. Artist, DJs and other celebrities can automatically receive Verified SoundTracker status and a gold record badge by connecting to the app using their verified Twitter account.
Adding Music to your Twitter
Most of you love sharing your soundtrack to your Twitter feed. Now when sharing to Twitter, followers can view and play your music moment right inside of the tweet through our new Twitter Card integration. Whether it’s The Glitch Mob sharing deep electronic cuts, MNDR walking us through the pop and hiphop that moves her, or those animated rastafarians known as Major Lazer, everyone on Twitter can experience SoundTracking tweets from right inside Twitter. If they like what they see and hear, they’ll open SoundTracking and give you some love and a follow.
There are many other changes to the UI design and many new features, but we’ll let you discover them in the app…
Nothing drives us more at the SoundTracking HQ than helping you express yourself through the music that you’re passionate about. When you’re delighted with how you feel using SoundTracking, we’re stoked. Let us know your thoughts and feedback through Twitter at @soundtracking, Facebook, or via email.
We hope you enjoy this new and redesigned version of SoundTracking, and there’ll be more to come!
Happy New Year,
Steve, Matt, and the SoundTracking team
Many people in our SoundTracking community love sharing their music moments in their Twitter feed. We’ve been thinking about how to make this a more fluid and fun viewing and playback experience for our users and their Twitter followers.
So we’re happy to announce that we’ve now added support for both Photo and Player features using a Twitter Card integration. So now when you share your SoundTrack in Twitter, your followers will not only see your photo, but can now listen to the audio inside of Twitter!
Using Twitter on the Web?
Now you’ll see the option to “View Media.”
Tap on the View Media button and you’ll see the full size image with a play button on top. Hit play and listen to the audio without leaving your Twitter stream!
Using the Twitter app on your mobile device?
Tap on the photo and then you’ll be able to listen (and also easily like, love and comment) from within the Twitter app!