Spotify Acquires Soundtrap Online Music and Podcast Recording Platform

November 17 2017, 04:00
Spotify announced that it acquired Soundtrap, the innovative online music and podcast recording platform headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and successfully funded in Silicon Valley. With consumer and education solutions available in English, Spanish, French, German and Swedish, Soundtrap is an easy-to-use solution that works across iOS, Android, Chromebooks, Mac and Windows. 

The Stockholm-based company, founded by Per Emanuelsson, Björn Melinder, Gabriel Sjöberg and Fredrik Posse, empowers artists of all levels to create music online with a web-based, easy to use, collaborative music recording and production studio. The Soundtrap team of engineers, designers, and music producers have been revolutionizing the music-making process by building tools for consumers, educators, and students. The Soundtrap service will continue to operate as usual.

Soundtrap enables users to collaborate with peers in the same room or across the globe on music, podcasts and other audio projects including music or language. Launched in beta in 2013, Soundtrap soon rolled out an education version of its audio recording platform. Since then, according to the company, thousands of schools have embraced Soundtrap as a preferred educational tool in their classrooms and more than one million users are now using the Soundtrap platform in more than 57 countries.

Soundtrap’s group recordings can be done with students and other users from within an “invited” secure group, collaborating with participants in a “Walled Garden” environment which is protected from the rest of the Internet. Teachers can create walled-garden groups for a single class, an entire school, or multiple classes or schools.

Soundtrap works across iOS, Android, Chromebooks, Mac and Windows platforms, making it ideally suited for project-based learning and collaborative assignments. Fully integrated with Google Classroom, Soundtrap was named “The Best Website for Teaching and Learning 2015” by the American Association of School Librarians and is a winner in the 2017 EdTech Digest Awards program.

"Our two teams are culturally, creatively and strategically a great fit, so Soundtrap — including all our staff — will continue to revolutionize the music-making process for consumers, educators and students from within the Spotify family. This is a perfect fit because Spotify has also helped democratize music by helping millions of artists connect with millions of fans while helping listeners discover their favorite new artists. This forms a new chapter of our Soundtrap journey and we are super excited to accelerate and realize our joint vision together with our new family at Spotify," the Soundtrap founders stated.

"Soundtrap’s rapidly growing business is highly aligned with Spotify’s vision of democratizing the music ecosystem. Starting today, Soundtrap joins a team at Spotify that is dedicated to helping millions of artists connect with millions of fans, and helping fans discover their favorite new artists," Spotify stated in the announcement. |
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