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Music junkie’s essential; Soundcloud review
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Music junkie’s essential; Soundcloud review

by Salil Tembe2013/12/29
Positives

Soundcloud has always stuck to it's core niche of music sharing. The social media features have just added a new taste to the entire music sharing business.

Negatives

Old music releases are very rare and hard to find.
It does not allow you to download music tracks unless the uploader enables the feature, which is only available for Pro uploaders. You cannot edit a on the spot recorded audio track.

The growing dependence on social media, our second home, has led to various websites adopting the principles of social media websites like facebook and YouTube. Along with that, there are also those file sharing websites which allow you to upload files and let others download it. Before SoundCloud was born in 2007, there were video sharing websites and file sharing websites, the social media revolution was also on the rise. There was no music sharing sites in existence at that time which were robust enough to provide a pleasant experience of free music! To fulfill this gap, SoundCloud took birth.

It is one of the most influential websites in the world. Those who listen to music or love to share music with others will definitely know about it. SoundCloud uses a system similar to YouTube; Upload, listen, share, comment! There is absolutely every genre of music available on SoundCloud. You can also find a huge variety music tracks. There are artists who upload their own remixes or their own music creations. I have come across an organization which uses Soundcloud to share audio recordings from special meetings. Here, I present to you the Soundcloud review for those who do not know much about it.

Soundcloud uses a very simple user interface. Easy to navigate and easy to get used to. If you don’t have any idea which music track to listen to, there is always a huge list of popular songs sitting right on the front page. Whenever you see a bar with audio waveform, you know it is Soundcloud! If you don’t understand what I am saying, then the image below will convey that message.

Soundcloud review audio track waveform

Famous Sound cloud audio track waveform

One unique commenting feature on Soundcloud allows you to place a comment at a particular time instance on the track. Look at those small square icons along the track waveform in the image above. If you place your cursor on them, you can see the comment at that time instance.

SoundCloud also incorporates a feature allowing you to follow an uploader for obvious reasons. It also has the “repost” option which is analogous to “share” feature on facebook. It will post a certain track on your profile so that your followers can see it. You cannot forget the playlist feature. SoundCloud does has a playlist feature which is important when you want to listen to your favourite music without requiring you to manually search for it every time a track ends.

Soundcloud review social media

SoundCloud social options

soundcloud review statistics

SoundCloud: Plays, likes, reposts and comment statistics

In this day, I cannot forget to mention the smartphone compatibility of SoundCloud. Smartphones as we know are vital for success in today’s world. If you do not have an app, then you are not completely utilising your potential. SoundCloud does have a beautiful mobile optimised web interface as well as a dedicated app. Both work excellently well and have all the features that you would get on a full desktop version. Here are some screenshots right off my phone.

Playing a track in a smartphone web browser

Music playing in the app. Compare it with the browser based player.

SoundCloud app, a music track playing in background. That can be seen at the top.

There is one downside that I came across while using the website. When I wanted to upload music greater than 120 minutes, it asked me to upgrade my membership to Pro. So, you can share music with your friends, but there is a limit on how much you upload. Soundcloud also allows you to record directly and it will upload as you record, or there is always the file upload feature for you. You can upload audio files in all major formats like AIFF, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, MP2, MP3, AAC, AMR and WMA.

Pro membership of Soundcloud allows the user to upload 4 hours worth of audio tracks. It also gives additional features like pinning your audio post to the top of your profile to gain more exposure for that particular track. Pro membership costs £2.5 per month, while the Pro Unlimited membership allows unlimited audio upload with no limit and it costs £7.5 per month.

 

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About The Author
Salil Tembe
Salil is an electronics engineer who loves to play around with the technology. He has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. Also, he firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better, so that it can get even better.

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