May 5, 2011 10:00 AM –
SoundCloud. Record, listen and share your sounds on the go with SoundCloud Android. With the official SoundCloud Android app you can capture your sound and share it privately or publicly on Facebook, Twitter or even use it to check-in on Foursquare. You can also easily access, browse and listen to the sounds shared to you while you’re on the road and away from your computer.
So whether you’re a music pro on the road or you need a simple way to easily and quickly record & share your sounds, audio messages, interviews or voice memos, the app gives you the best mobile SoundCloud experience.
Pros & Cons:
- Great user generated music service for artists and fans alike!
- Easy to use interface!
- Allows you to follow your favorite artists!
- Allows you to save all your favorite tracks to a list for easy access!
- Allows you to give feedback at specific times in a musical track!
- Allows you to upload your own content!
- Music Player now shows in notification panel!
- Share tracks with others through social networks, email, etc!
- No search suggestions when searching for track or artist.
- Does not allow you to upload MP3’s or WAV files without re-recording.
SoundCloud is a music sharing service that allows Artists, DJs, and musical enthusiasts to record their own music tracks and share them with others.
SoundCloud features a large user database of user uploaded content. You can find user generated mix tapes of bands like Iron Maiden, ACDC, Black Eyed Peas, and DMX. The quality of a given track is determined by the quality of the artist who is sharing it. SoundCloud allows you to search for new music by keyword or user name. This allows you to search for a specific artist or mixes of specific songs.
One of the nice things about SoundCloud is that allows you to maintain a favorites list of the songs you like the best. It also allows you to follow the artists that you prefer to listen to. Once you have followed an Artist you can see their latest posts in your incoming feed. This tab keeps you up to date with your favorite artists.
SoundCloud also lets you upload your own musical tracks to their cloud server. The application records through your standard phone microphone so to make a high quality recording you would want to run a cable from your computer with the original mix to your phone or tablet.
After you have uploaded your own original content you can give it exclusively to a specific user. Other users can share tracks with you in this way as well. This allows you to get another artists opinion on your track before opening it up to the general public to hear.
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SoundCloud Music Player
SoundCloud My Favorites
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SoundCloud Artist Info
SoundCloud Song Info
SoundCloud Following List
SoundCloud Comment With Specific Track Time
Sound Cloud Share Options
SoundCloud is very useful if you want to discover new music or up and coming Artists. It allows you to easily discover new music and to keep up to date with the artists you enjoy.
SoundCloud is really excellent if you currently are a musician and want to gain more exposure for yourself or for your Musical Group. The interface is designed to allow people all over the world to discover you and give specific feedback on your music.
Ease of Use:
SoundCloud is very easy to use and the interface is very straightforward. One addition that would be nice to see in future updates is search suggestions. While searching for a specific artist I often found myself mistyping the username by one character and returning no search results. Other than that the interface is extremely user friendly and easy to use.
SoundCloud is an application that I will definitely be returning to. A lot of the user generated mixes that I listened to while doing this review were excellent and very unique. Though none of the artists I found were famous their music was of a high quality and creative.
If I was a musician I would definitely be uploading all of my music to this application to generate a fan base, and to receive listener feedback.
SoundCloud has an excellent user interface and is very easy to use. My two complaints about the interface are it’s lack of search suggestions and lack of options for uploading recordings.
The Android application only supports recording through the SoundCloud application. It does not support the uploading of .MP3 files or .WAV files uploaded to your device from a computer. This means that if you have already recorded a track on the computer you need to run a line in from the computer to the headset jack on your device in order to achieve semi-lossless audio quality without background noise or interference.
The lack of search suggestions makes the application slightly more difficult to use, but does not severely detract from the interface.