You may have heard of SoundCloud, a free ‘audio locker’ type service that will let you upload your audio files and then access them from anywhere. You may even have seen its distinctive player embedded in blogs and other sites, with it’s distinctive displayed waveform that users can insert comments into (see screenshot).
If you would like to add your own audio files to SoundCloud, and specifically if you are looking for a quick and convenient way to upload said audio files via drag and drop right from your desktop, then check out free Adobe Air app Scup. (Multiplatoform: Windows, Mac, Linux).
This one is pretty self explanatory drag and drop. Two notable things, however:
- SoundCloud Auto-detects copyrighted material.This is the message I got when I was attempting to upload a random mp3 file to test this service, which was in fact a copyrighted song “Our automatic content protection system has detected that your upload “Rhubard Mustard” may contain content that is copyrighted. As a result, we have paused the upload of your audio for the time being.” This, of course, has nothing to do with Scup.
- Scup is quite flexible when it comes to adding additional metadata : above and beyond the usual MP3 tags. Note that this is important insofar as placing your file, especially public files, in a way that makes them more readily identifiable and/or searchable (see screenshot below).
The verdict: if you use SoundCloud, you will love Scup.
[Thanks go to reader Panzer for tipping us off about this software].
Version tested: 184.108.40.206
Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac. Requires Adobe Air.
Go to the program home page to download the latest version (~2.3 megs).