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SoundCloud merges features with Pinterest

No-one has really pinned down the true purpose of social corkboard Pinterest, but the website continues to grow, today announcing that, in partnership with music-sharing site SoundCloud, the social network has been unmuted.

Sounds can now be 'pinned' on Pinterest, launching the SoundCloud HTML5 widget with its accompanying artwork when the pin is clicked, "perfect for listening whilst you browse," the SoundCloud blog said.

Shared sounds are attributed, and link back to their SoundCloud page, so creators will be credited.

In May, the social-networking site announced that content from various Internet communities, including Flickr, YouTube, Behance, and Vimeo, would be "clearly, consistently, and automatically" credited when pinned to the website. Today, Pinterest said on its blog that photos from 500px, handcrafted items from Etsy, videos from Kickstarter, and presentations from SlideShare will get the same attention to attribution.

Original credit is gathered automatically from the content source, Pinterest said, and is displayed below the pin's description. It cannot be changed by the Pinterest user. Existing pins from the site's new associates will be automatically attributed in time.

In February, Pinterest added the option for website owners to opt out of having their content directly "pinned" on the service in order to avoid copyright disputes.

In-line content play will also be available for Kickstarter and Slideshare, in addition to SoundCloud, Pinterest said.

SoundCloud recently announced its integration in Twitter's "expanded tweets," as well as the ability to push audio directly from iOS and Android devices to blogging site Tumblr.

Early this year, Pinterest earned a spot ahead of Google+ in terms of traffic volumes, with traffic jumping 329 percent in the fall and winter of 2011. in March found that just 10 percent of US online shopping consumers have Pinterest accounts, providing some room for growth.

"We're continuing to work on adding new sites for our attribution program and additional ways to give credit where it's due," Pinterest's blog said.