Earlier today Alex, founder of Soundcloud announced the arrival of Soundcloud Labs - a new site dedicated to applications based on the Soundcloud platform.Launching SoundCloudLabs (phone message) by Alex
The announced applications so far include:
- Social Unlock - a reciprocal social network application similar to tweetforatrack.com whereby users can download a track for free in return for a mention on twitter or facebook.
- Takes Questions - allows "fans" to interact with bands by recording questions which are then sent to the musician which they can reply to.
- Soundcloud Importer - allows users to import an audio file from a private phone line or by email
- Gmail plugin - embeds a soundcloud player in a gmail message
- Gobbler - a bulk upload and tagging utility
There are hundreds more apps that other developers have created including an ipad beatbox app by Gorillaz and Korg, Soundcloud desktop and a Tunecore distribution application.
The direct to distribution applications in particular appear to be very useful - linking in directly with many other outlets using Soundcloud as the base.
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