Yesterday SoundCloud released a new version 2.6 of their iOS app that for the first time allows sharing to Google+. This is rather intriguing because right now very few applications are able to share directly
into Google+. Google has very tightly controlled access to their Google+ APIs to the dismay of many of us who want to more easily share the content we create into our Google+ accounts
The new SoundCloud app for iOS provides the following new features related to Google+:
- The ability to login to SoundCloud with your Google+ credentials. This is only really useful to people who are new to SoundCloud as it simplifies the account creation process by letting you login with your Google+ ID.
- The ability to share sounds out to Google+ from within the iOS app.
- Automatic sharing of new sounds you create to your Google+ account.
The last one is the most interesting to me and the focus of what I'll write about here. I'll note, too, that according to multiple reports, including an article in TheNextWeb, the ability to login to SoundCloud via Google+ is also available in the Android SoundCloud app, although apparently the sharing is not there. The automatic sharing is centrally configured in SoundCloud's web interface and so may not have a dependence on the mobile app.
Automatic Sharing From SoundCloud To Google+
This is again the most important feature of the update to me. SoundCloud has for quite some time had the ability to automatically share any new sound you upload out to Twitter, Facebook (including Facebook Pages) and Tumblr. This new release adds Google+ to the mix.
You need to login to your SoundCloud account and go to Settings -> Connections. Once there you will see a new Google+ button:
Selecting the button allows you to go through the standard Google+ process to authorize this application to connect to your Google+ account. Once you do that, you will see a new connection at the bottom of your list of connections:
Somewhat bizarrely it doesn't use a Google+ icon but rather something that reminds me more of MySpace.
Similarly, over in the iOS app, after you save a recording and are getting ready to post the sound to SoundCloud, the "Sharing Options" now have a Google+ option at the top - but without any icon:
In theory, this should all allow the auto-publishing of links to new sounds out to your Google+.
Sounds Great... But Didn't Work :-(
So, after configuring all of this, I recorded a new episode 5 of my The Dan York Report on this topic... and it did NOT auto-post to Google+. When I was in Google+ there was a yellow message that appeared several times at the top of my screen that said something like:
"Oops... there was a problem posting "TYDR #005 ..." Retrying.
Unfortunately it appeared and disappeared too quickly to get a screenshot.
Manually Sharing From SoundCloud Web or iOS App
The good news is that the SoundCloud web also provides a mechanism to manually share a sound out to Google+. If you click on the Share icon on the page for a sound, you can select the Google+ tab:
and then write a message about the sound and choose who to share it with:
Similarly, you can now do this sharing from within the iOS app itself:
I'm showing these windows for sharing the sound I created, but this could be for ANY sound that you listen to within the SoundCloud app or web interface.
So What About That Auto-Sharing?
Why didn't my first episode after configuring Google+ integration auto-publish out to Google+? I don't know. I'm going to assume this was perhaps a "teething pain" as the folks at SoundCloud get this integration working.
Regardless, it's good to see this integration with Google+ happening (assuming it starts working) and more apps being able to connect into Google+.
An audio commentary about part of this announcement can be found at:
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