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SoundCloud — Everything you need to know!

What is SoundCloud? Pretty much what it says on the tin: a cloud platform that hosts sounds. It lets you discover, download, and upload content of your own!

SoundCloud is a popular music and audio platform that lets you upload and store audio content, discover new music and podcasts, connect with fans and artists, and — with SoundCloud Go+ — stream music. Whether you're just diving in to SoundCloud or you've been a long-time listener, first-time ponderer, this article aims to keep you up to date and in the loop with everything SoundCloud, so be sure to check back regularly for updates!

What's new with SoundCloud?

We'll keep this section updated with the latest, greatest SoundCloud news. Next time you've got SoundCloud on your mind, check this page — and this very section — to see what's going on with the platform!

May 31, 2017 - SoundCloud comes to Xbox One

SoundCloud has revealed a new app built specifically for Xbox One.

The Xbox One app provides a streaming music service that you can use while you're playing your favorite Xbox One games. Whether you're taking out zombies, fighting wars, crawling through creepy dungeons, or racing super cars, you'll be able to back your actions with SoundCloud tracks.

Whether you're a SoundCloud Free, SoundCloud Go, or SoundCloud Go+ user, you'll be able to listen to your favourite tracks, playlists and our brand new feature, The Upload, while you game. And you can control playback with the sound of your voice using Cortana to play and skip tracks without leaving the game.

The Xbox One app, available in the Xbox App Store, is free. You can snag it here!

What is SoundCloud?

SoundCloud is an online platform for music and audio — in fact, it claims to be "the world's largest music and audio platform" since its launch in 2008. SoundCloud serves different purposes for different people. For some, it's a storage box for music and audio; for others, it's a place to upload and serve podcasts; and for others still, it's a place for artists to connect directly with fans and get feedback on their content.

SoundCloud prides itself on its open platform. Where some music streaming and audio storage services can have incredibly complex usage agreements and put many layers of separation between you and your content, SoundCloud aims to make music and audio sharing and streaming easy and transparent.

SoundCloud is a little like YouTube (without video, of course), in that anyone can upload content that — when made public — is discoverable by anyone who visits the site. Up and coming artists publish their tracks on SoundCloud, podcasters share their shows on SoundCloud, audio engineers upload their projects and experiments — the list goes on. SoundCloud is a searchable, streamable bucket of audio content of all kinds.

What platforms is it available on?

You can find SoundCloud on several platforms:

How do I listen?

It's easy! Even before you've logged in or created an account, you can simply search for a track, an artist, a podcast, etc. SoundCloud'll give you a list of results and you can tap or click on one to start listening. If you're not sure what you want to listen to, you can check out the SoundCloud Top 50 for the most popular music on the platform.

Signing up for SoundCloud is easy, too. You can use a Facebook account, Google account, or email address to sign up for an account. Once you've gone through the process, you'll have access to more of SoundCloud, including the ability to follow artists and discover new music based on what you've listened to — and liked — in the past.

Does SoundCloud cost?

That depends! SoundCloud starts as a free service for both listeners and content creators. Anyone can listen to and upload tracks for free, but premium features cost extra.

Potential costs for listeners

  SoundCloud Free SoundCloud Go SoundCloud Go+
Library 120M+ 120M+ 150M+
Offline listening No Yes Yes
Ad-free No Yes Yes
Preview-lock No Yes No
Cost (per month) Free $4.99 $9.99

Potential costs for creators

  Partner Pro Pro Unlimited
Upload quota 3 hours 6 hours Unlimited
Plays count Yes Yes Yes
Likes count Yes Yes Yes
Reposts count Yes Yes Yes
Comments Yes Yes Yes
Downloads count Yes Yes Yes
Plays by country No Yes Yes
Plays by city No No Yes
Plays by SoundCloud page No No Yes
Plays by app No No Yes
Plays by website No No Yes
Toggle comments No Yes Yes
Toggle public stats No Yes Yes
Pin tracks & playlists No Yes Yes
Update source files No Yes Yes
Cost (per month/per year) Free/Free $7/$63 $15/$135

What is SoundCloud Go?

SoundCloud Go and Go+ are music streaming services. Like Spotify or Apple Music, you can stream music and audio content in the SoundCloud app and on the web.SoundCloud already lets you do much of this for free, but paying allows you to download tracks for offline listening and removes ads from your listening experience.

You can check out the chart above, the video below, or SoundCloud's Go and Go+ page for more info.

What is SoundCloud Pro?

SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited are subscription services for creators. SoundCloud says 175 million people listen on its platform each month. Content creators can subscribe to upload more content and get more listening stats. If you want to publish a weekly podcast or share the psychic chicken death metal album you just created, you might consider a SoundCloud Pro subscription.

You can check out the chart above or visit SoundCloud's Pro page for more info.

Any questions?

Have questions about SoundCloud that we've yet to answer? Give us a shout in the comments and we'll get it answered!

Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC – Deal Alert

The Razer Wildcat controller is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. An elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best eSports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. If you're an Amazon Prime member, the typical list price has been reduced generously to just $74.99. If you're not a Prime member but still want this deal, Amazon's 30 day Prime free trial (signup page here) is quick to activate and gets you all of the same benefits with no financial commitment required (unless you decide to keep it). See this deal now on Amazon.

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Download the first level of ‘Hitman’ for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Hitman: Free download

Hitman, one of our favorite games of 2016, just had its first level released for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC. This announcement comes just days after the game's developer, Io-Interactive, split with publisher Square Enix, becoming completely independent and taking control of the rights to the Hitman IP.

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6 things you need to know about Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is available in the eShop. Here are six things you need to know about the game before buying it.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition has launched in the eShop. It's pretty much the same game as its Wii U counterpart, complete with the Mushroom Kingdom texture pack and Super Mario Mash-Up pack. But, it still feels like a new experience because it's available on a new console. Here are six important things you should know about Minecraft on the Switch before you hit the Purchase button.

Note: This is not the Minecraft Story Mode game, which launches in July. You can preorder Story Mode from Amazon today.

1. Minecraft will soon be totally cross-platform across all consoles and mobile devices (except Sony)

At the E3 gaming expo, Microsoft announced it would add support for Minecraft Realms to the Nintendo Switch and that the game would become completely cross-platform (except for PlayStation) this summer. So, you can play Minecraft on your Switch while your kids play it on Xbox One and your spouse plays it on iPhone. Yeah. It's pretty cool. My nephew plays it on PC, so I'll be able to game with him online anytime I want.

Cross platform gameplay for Minecraft is coming to iPhone and Nintendos Switch

1. Minecraft world building on Switch is actually bigger than Wii U

According to Arstechnica, Minecraft worlds can be way larger than their Wii U counterparts.

In addition, you're getting a lot more Minecraft to play than on the Wii U version. Each generated Switch world can be as big as 3072 x 3072 blocks, which is roughly 13 times larger than the Wii U's pokey 864 x 864 world limit. That's a bit more than a third the size of the PS4 and Xbox One versions' 5120 x 5120 limits—which, honestly, seems about right when comparing those systems' specs.

2. You will need an additional Joy-Con controller if you want to play local multiplayer

You can connect up to four players in local multiplayer mode, but Minecraft is a fairly complex game, requiring a lot of buttons and controls. So on the Switch, each player must use both the left and right Joy-Con controllers (or a Pro controller) to play. You can't split the Joy-Con into two and share it with your friend in horizontal mode.

Luckily, Joy-Con controllers are much easier to find than the Switch itself.

3. Minecraft online multiplayer is probably easier to connect to than any other Switch online multiplayer game (so far)

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will support up to eight players at once in a session. So far, playing online multiplayer Switch games hasn't been all that seamless. At times, the online gaming process is kind of a pain. It sounds like Mojang has figured out a way to make it really easy to see when your friends are logged into their server so you can just jump right in.

You cannot issue an invite to a friend to join your own Minecraft session; instead, anyone on your friends list will automatically see your instance is live if you're both connected to the Internet, and they can jump in via the default "join" menu.

4. You will be able to port your Wii U worlds to Switch as early as this summer

Microsoft has said that you will eventually be able to port your existing worlds and saves from the Wii U version of Minecraft to the Nintendo Switch edition. Nintendo recently announced the support of Minecraft Realms on Switch, which will allow you to bring worlds across platforms.

5. It is only available as a digital download right now

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition costs $29.99, but is only available as a digital download in the eShop right now. A game card version will launch later this year, but there is currently no information about when it will be available or how much it will cost. You can sign up to receive a notification when it becomes available on Amazon.

Are you getting Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition?

Are you a diehard Minecraft player? Do you have every edition on every console and computer? Are you also getting it for Switch? Let us know about your Minecraft obsession in the comments.

The original Xbox ‘Duke’ controller is coming back

xbox duke controller

Microsoft's Xbox line has a long and storied history, and the Xbox 360 is the console most people immediately associate with the brand, but long before the off-white tower of the 360 took over living rooms, the original Xbox desperately clawed for attention versus the PlayStation 2. That first Microsoft game console was a behemoth, weighing nearly nine pounds, and it launched with a controller that matched its ridiculous size. That gamepad is now lovingly referred to as the "Duke," and while it was later replaced by the much smaller Xbox Controller S, plenty of gamers still love the Duke's bulbous form factor. Now, over a decade and a half since its debut, Microsoft is bringing it back to life.

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