SoundCloud is an online platform that brings together artists and music lovers, allowing you to discover new music, or 'sounds' on the go with a mobile app for iPhone. As a useful platform for new artists, SoundCloud frequently features music you'd have trouble finding anywhere else online!
Discovering and sharing
SoundClould for iOS lets you discover new music by searching artists, genres and keywords, as well as giving you suggestions on who to follow.
SoundCloud is heavily integrated with Facebook, giving you the option to register using the social media platform, show a live feed of what you are listening to, find and follow Facebook friends, and share music to your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+ accounts.
SoundCloud is a great service, especially for discovering new or emerging artists or even creating your own sounds, but the streaming capabilities of the app for iPhone could be improved to provide a better iOS experience.
The latest major update to SoundCloud revamps the app's user interface in an attempt to beautify the design and make the controls easier to use. The new 'one thumb' player interface allows you to play, pause, skip and explore without fiddly menus.
Other improvements include the ability to look a user's profile straight from a track or playlist, and to display all your likes and playlists in the same place, much like the Your Music section in Spotify, or the Library in Google Play Music.
Many will be unhappy with the changes made to SoundCloud, which could be seen as 'oversimplification' of the app. The app no longer allows you to add or view comments on tracks, there's no auto-suggest as you search, no recording feature, and the use of larger cover artwork means even more scrolling.