I’ve probably said it five times but I’ll say it once more anyway… Re: Soundcloud… It’s not a good idea to dismiss something until you fully understand what it can potentially be. What could it potentially be? Lots of things that probably don’t even occur to you if you don’t understand it all yet. I’ll give one more example and then I’ll leave it be.
This is a scenario that’s happening right now. Granted, you still might not care either way.
You’re driving home from work and this great melody hits you. You start humming it. You grab your smartphone and keep humming it. You upload it to Soundclound with your free Soundcloud app, right then (although you probably wanna wait for a red light so you don’t kill somebody… ), your recorded humming.
When you get home you fire up Cubase 7.5 (granted, Cubase doesn’t do all this yet, they’re just getting started) and stream the great melody you came up with through your daw, using your daw’s file browser, playing it directly from the net in Cubase 7.5 XT. You drag it in - directly from the net - directly into an audio track - with the audio track becoming a progress bar for the download. You run VariAudio on it and send the midi to your sampler.
You write your hit song around the melody.
You thank Steinberg for Soundcloud support (and continued development of it).
Literally, every musical idea you ever think of away from the studio can be sitting there waiting for you to develop it whenever you fire up your DAW. You don’t have to share your Soundcloud files with anyone else… nor use it for any social networking at all if you choose not to.
And granted, they don’t have the streaming / download / two way functionality part yet. Cubase 7.5 XT.