Soundcloud announced a complete site redesign that aims to bolster the site's audio sharing features.
The new site has already launched via private beta invite, and will continue to roll out to the entire community over the next few months.
"Over the past few years we've been championing the need to unmute the web and have signed up over 15 million sound creators in the process," said 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."
Notable features include a more interactive waveform player, simpler and more attractive user profiles, real-time updates from friends and more interactive friend activity viewing, and most importantly the ability to continue playing music while exploring and navigating the website.
"Next SoundCloud has been re-engineered from the inside out," said CTO Eric Wahlforss. "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.
Preview the new site and sign up for the beta waitlist at http://next.soundcloud.com/.