This is a honkin' big pony but bear with me.
It would be REALLY nice if we could make music posts using embedded soundcloud links, much as we can embed YouTube and Vimeo links.
posted by unSane to Feature Requests at 8:54 PM (17 comments total)
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This is not just a matter of convenience. Mefimusic is one of the hidden mefi gems, but it tends to be its own little Balkan kingdom. Not only do relatively few mefites visit it, but even fewer non-mefites.
Yet many of us who post there are members of more or less active musical communities. For better or worse, soundcloud tends to be the common denominator and it is the de facto way of sharing demos and similar stuff online.
Currently I duplicate everything on soundcloud and mefimusic but it would be much better for me if they were interoperable. This would have the dual effect of bringing mefimusic to a wider audience and linking the mefimusic community into the soundcloud ecosystem.
Technically it would be a case of permitting users to supply a soundcloud URL instead of uploading a file when posting a song. That would obviously require some reengineering of the player, which I fully recognize is non-trivial. But it would also allow mefi to leverage some of the soundcloud tech. My understanding is that they are sympathetic to this kind or use of their service.
In the long run it would future-proof the mefi music service by offloading the hosting to soundcloud (at least to the extent one believes soundcloud is future proof).