Everyone's favourite musical social platform, SoundCloud, has announced plans to undergo a major design overhaul. Currently, the redesign is only available via private beta invites - but will gradually be rolled out over the next few months. Aimed at encouraging its users to interact more, some of the new features will include reposts for sounds, an enhanced interactive waveform player, plus continuous play.
"Over the past few years we've been championing the need to un-mute the web and have signed up over 15 million sound creators in the process," explained SoundCloud founder and CEO, Alexander Ljung, . "Today we are pushing further towards that goal by launching a private beta of the Next SoundCloud, which delivers a simpler, faster, more social sound platform to help everyone appreciate sound more."
The redesign has been developed to help keep the the music flowing, and by simply clicking the play button, music from Your Stream will continue to play (users you follow) rather than stopping at the end of the first song.
Another aspect SoundCloud will introduce is a new sets feature. Instead of playlists, the Sets will be built from music you've collated and integrated into one Waveform.
"The Next SoundCloud has been re-engineered from the inside out," said Eric Wahlforss, SoundCloud founder & CTO.
"It's much more than an aesthetic change. By making use of state of the art technologies available in the latest generation browsers, we've created a technology platform that enables us to provide a much better user experience and develop new features faster."