As an artist in the modern world, you need to send your tracks to other people, whether it is approving mixes, trying to get signed, or to collaborate. Using sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload and Yousendit comes with annoying wait times and file size restrictions. When you are trying to get someone in the industry to listen to your track, these wait times can be the difference between your track getting listened to or forgotten. This is where SoundCloud comes into the picture, eliminating the wait time on these files as well as a few other awesome features:
- The ability to upload high quality files, rather than low quality Pure Volume/Myspace streams.
- Download is optional for helping to prevent leaks.
- You can see if the files recipient listened to the file, eliminating the constant worrying if the label A&R man heard your song and awkward reminder emails.
- You can make files private! Making them only available to a few recipients rather then
having the whole world be able to hear your file if a URL is leaked.
I think SoundCloud is an indispensable resource for any band shopping a song around the industry. It includes tons of other awesome features as well for labels and people who receive/send lots of files. For most bands needs the service is free, if you need to use it more then the average person it is 9 Euros a month. If you aren’t convinced check out the tour in the jump to see more.