Soundcloud is an online music distribution and sharing platform based in Berlin, Germany, which allows people to collaborate, exchange and share original music recordings. Founded in 2007, Soundcloud has grown into one of the largest music streaming service providers.
SoundCloud 是一个总部位于德国柏林的在线音乐分发与分享平台，它允许人们合作、交流和分享原创音乐录音。SoundCloud 由亚历山大·埃里恩和埃里克·华尔福斯于 2007 年创立，现已发展成为最大的音乐流媒体服务商之一。
Soundcloud is an online music distribution and sharing platform based in Berlin, Germany, which allows people to collaborate, exchange and share original music recordings. Founded in 2007 by Alexander Alline and Eric Walters, Soundcloud has become one of the largest music streaming service providers.
SoundCloud 最初创建于瑞典的斯德哥尔摩，2007 年 8 月，由编曲家亚历山大·埃里恩和艺术家埃里克·华尔福斯于德国柏林正式成立。它的原旨是想让音乐家们能自由交流各自的录音，但不久它就彻底转变成了一个同时也能推广音乐家曲目的公开平台。
Soundcloud was originally founded in Stockholm, Sweden. In August 2007, songcloud was officially established in Berlin, Germany, by composer Alexander Elian and artist Eric wallforth. It was meant to give musicians the freedom to exchange their recordings, but soon it was transformed into an open platform that also promoted musicians’ repertoire.
在架设后的几个月里，SoundCloud 开始挑战 MySpace 的优势。
Within months of its launch, Soundcloud began to challenge MySpace’s strengths.
In an interview with wired magazine in 2009, one of the founders, Alexander Ellison, said:
“我们都因为音乐联系在一起，所以我们对和人们在音乐上合作感到真的非常、非常恼火——我指那些简单的合作：仅仅私下里把作品给别人，从他们得到一些反馈，并就这段音乐谈论几句。同样的情况下我们可以用 Flickr 分享照片，还有 Vimeo 分享视频，但我们没有属于音乐的交流平台。”
“We’re all connected by music, so we’re really, really annoyed at working with people on Music – I mean those simple collaborations: just giving the work to others in private, getting some feedback from them, and talking about the music. In the case of video sharing, we can also share photos with flick
2009 年 4 月，道提韩森科技创投公司给予 SoundCloud250 万欧元的 A 系列资金。2010 年 5 月，SoundCloud 用户数达 100 万。2011 年 1 月，SoundCloud 已由联合广场风险指数投资公司筹集 B 轮融资。2011 年 6 月 15 日，用户数达 500 万，阿什顿·库彻和盖·奥西瑞的顶级基金投资 SoundCloud。2012 年 1 月 23 日，用户数达 1000 万，官方博客创建。2012 年 12 月，新版页面正式上线，同时推出全站音乐列表播出及阅读掩盖波形的评论。2014 年 5 月，SoundCloud 电邮通知注册用户旧版入口关闭。
In April 2009, Doherty Hansen technology venture capital provided Soundcloud with 2.5 million euro series a funds. In May 2010, the number of Soundcloud users reached 1 million. In January 2011, Soundcloud has raised round B financing by Union Square risk index investment company. On June 15, 2011, with 5 million users, Ashton Kutcher and guy osiri’s top funds invested in Soundcloud. On January 23, 2012, the number of users reached 10 million, and the official blog was created. In December 2012, the new version of the page was officially launched. At the same time, the whole station’s music list was broadcast and the comments on the waveform covered by reading were launched. In May 2014, Soundcloud e-mail informed registered users that the old version entrance was closed.
2014 年 3 月，据报道 SoundCloud 就出现在平台上的著作权受保护的材料的许可证，与各大唱片公司谈判，力求避免出现 Google 和 YouTube 被迫处理大量删除通知的情况。
In March 2014, it was reported that Soundcloud negotiated with major record companies about the licenses of copyrighted materials that appeared on the platform, trying to avoid the situation that Google and Youtube were forced to handle a large number of deletion notices.
SoundCloud 的主要特色是可以让艺术家们，将他们的音乐以鲜明的网址上传。声音文件语序嵌入到任意网站，与 Twitter 和 Facebook 的结合，能更容易接近听众，与只能在本站使用音乐恰恰相反。
Soundcloud’s main feature is that it allows artists to upload their music to a distinctive website. Voice file word order embedded in any website, combined with Twitter and Facebook, can be more accessible to the audience, and can only use music on the site.
注册用户可自由听取内容，下载 100 首歌曲。SoundCloud 允许音乐人用户上传 120 分钟的个人资料音频。所有这些功能面向所有注册用户。
Registered users are free to listen to the content and download 100 songs. Soundcloud allows musicians to upload 120 minutes of profile audio. All of these features are available to all registered users.
On average, audio is uploaded every minute in 12 hours, and half of the content is divided into niche musicians and mainstream superstars.
网站提供挂件和 APP，用户仅需将挂件放到个人网站或博客中，每上传一条音频，SoundCloud 就会自动发推。SoundCloud 的 API 语序其他 APP 或智能手机上传或下载音乐和声音文件。
The website provides pendant and app. Users only need to put the pendant into their personal website or blog. Every time they upload an audio, Soundcloud will automatically send a tweet. Other apps or smartphones upload or download music and sound files.
该 API 已集成到多个 APP，最著名的有数字音频工作站 GarageBand、Logic Pro 和 Studio One。API 也集成于 SoundYouNeed 等音乐搜寻器中。用户可通过创作共享授权下载音乐。
The API has been integrated into multiple apps, the most famous of which are garageband, logic pro and studio one. The API is also integrated into music searchers such as soundyouneed. Users can download music through authoring sharing license.
Soundcloud depicts the waveform of the track, and users can comment on specific parts of the track. When you listen to the marked part, the comments are displayed. Other standard features include forwarding, playlists, tracking, and free digital downloads.
Users create or join groups to collect and share content in the space.
上传的歌曲中，半数在前 30 分钟标房，90%的音轨至少会有一位用户播放。
Half of the songs uploaded are in the first 30 minutes, and 90% of the tracks will be played by at least one user.
Paid subscription function
SoundCloud 会向用户提供付费订阅。若用户希望上传 2 个小时的内容，可一年交 38 美元延长至 4 个小时，130 美元一年则能无限上传。这样用户可以有更多的主机空间，向更多群组和用户，分发曲目或唱片、创建唱片集和彻底地跟踪统计每个音轨。用户订阅特定套餐，还能其他统计数据，包括每首歌每位听众和原产国的单独播放的数目。
Soundcloud provides paid subscriptions to users. If users want to upload 2 hours of content, they can pay 38 dollars a year to 4 hours, and 130 dollars a year can upload unlimited. In this way, users can have more host space, distribute tracks or records to more groups and users, create albums, and thoroughly track and count each track. Users subscribe to specific packages, as well as other statistics, including the number of individual broadcasts per song per audience and country of origin.
SoundCloud 的 App 已在 iOS 和 Android 平台发行。
Soundcloud’s app has been released on IOS and Android platforms.
SoundCloud 在 2011 年欧洲技术巡展颁奖晚宴上，荣获施罗德创新奖 。
Soundcloud won the Schroeder Innovation Award at the 2011 EuroTech roadshow awards dinner.
SoundCloud 的不断增长和扩大，超出了最初定位于基层音乐家的范围，一些老用户抱怨，网站正失去对艺术家的忠实，企图吸引大众，或许将公开出售。这样的批评在 2013 年网站改版后尤为凸显，作出大量更适合听众的重新配置，声称要牺牲艺术家。首席执行官 Ljung 回应称他会将这些批评考虑在内，转变友好式听众可能会吸引众多新用户。 2014 年 7 月 3 日，TorrentFreak 报道，SoundCloud 给予著作权持有人充分和完全地（含不可逆的访问和管理员权限）提供付费内容的权利。他们的行为没有合理的解释、文档或质疑途径，是对不法行为争议的缺失，忽略了 DMCA 抵制公告。SoundCloud 回应来自英国 DJ 布莱恩玆的投诉，称公司承认环球音乐无需监督可删除任何及所有的音轨 。
Soundcloud is growing and expanding beyond the scope of the original positioning of grassroots musicians. Some old users complain that the website is losing its loyalty to artists, trying to attract the public, and maybe it will be sold publicly. Such criticism was particularly prominent after the site was revamped in 2013, making a lot of reconfiguration more suitable for the audience, claiming to sacrifice artists. CEO Ljung responded that he would take these criticisms into account and that a shift to a friendly audience could attract many new users. On July 3, 2014, torrentfreak reported that Soundcloud gives copyright holders full and complete rights (including irreversible access and administrator rights) to provide paid content. There is no reasonable explanation, document or query way for their behavior, which is the lack of dispute on illegal behavior, ignoring the DMCA boycott notice. Soundcloud responded to a complaint from DJ bryanz in the UK, saying the company acknowledged that universal music could delete any and all tracks without supervision.