SoundCloud, the social audio publishing platform that already has a native iOS app, has decided to ditch Flash in favor of HTML5 – indirectly endorsing the platform’s role where the Web’s future is concerned. Based in Berlin, SoundCloud will be introducing its HTML5 audio player as the service’s default, which means Flash has lost that position which it once held dear. The new SoundCloud player was in beta back in November 2011, and after a couple of months, all the bugs have been fixed, in addition to the inclusion of several new features, meaning the widget is more than ready for prime time action. Having racked up 10 million plus registered users recently, SoundCloud claims that their conversion to a HTML5 embeddable player is a necessary move, assuming it wants to have a future on the Web. Apart from that, using HTML5 is also a good idea, where it requires far less resource when playing back audio, hence resulting (in theory) better performance. For those who have already given the HTML5 version a go, how do you find it?
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