SoundCloud is an audio publishing platform founded in 2007 in Berlin, Germany. SoundCloud is to music what Flickr is to photos and Vimeo is to videos. In other words, SoundCloud allows its three million users to share and distribute their audio files – anything from music to interviews to podcasts.
SoundCloud incorporates interactivity by letting users connect to their Twitter or Facebook accounts. SoundCloud can automatically tweet your followers when you upload a new track, and users can write comments about any part of the recording directly on the SoundCloud player. Aesthetically pleasing, the SoundCloud player shows the shape of the sound waves as they play, so you can visualize the sound as you hear it.
Unlike MySpace’s music player, the SoundCloud widget is versatile because it can be embedded anywhere on the Internet. SoundCloud audio files, which have no limit on file size, also have a distinct URL, in contrast with MySpace’s central control of its files. For these reasons, some commentators argue that SoundCloud is a contributing factor to MySpace's possibly imminent demise.