SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.
This week we are going local – a local app and a local podcast. The creators of the brilliant Hackney Podcast have been working hard for over a year now on a little project to be released in advance of the 2012 London Olympics. The app is called Hackney Hear and focuses on, unsurprisingly, Hackney. In their own words – “Triggering sound via GPS location, Hackney Hear provides an innovative ways to explore and rediscover London’s east end by combining immersive sounds and storytelling.” The app uses SoundCloud to store the audio which once downloaded works anywhere in London Fields or Broadway Market. Put your headphones on and you can explore the area, standing still to hear more of each story or moving on to hear something new – there are stories from local residents, celebs, sound archives and commissions from artists from the area. It’s like an audio history tour where you get to hear brilliant stories of people from Hackney life. If this sample podcast below, showcasing the app’s content, is anything to go by, it’s an incredible interactive audio guide that is well worth downloading. You can download the app here.
And if you are impressed by the app, take a listen to the brilliant Hackney Podcast series which are also all on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure:
If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.
Please note: Due to resources, maintaining the desktop app became a bit difficult, so it has now been discontinued. We’re currently focusing energy on making the iOS app and web experience as good as they can be. If you enjoyed the playlist feature, the new SoundCloud allows this. If you would like to bring the SoundCloud experience to your desktop, you can try out this app (just keep in mind that we don’t have the proper resources to maintain this app at full speed).
With today’s launch of the Mac App Store, we’re happy to announce a new addition to the suite of native apps: the SoundCloud Desktop app for Mac. The coolest part: it’s currently a featured app in the Mac App Store in the section “What’s Hot” and also high up the list in the music category. The absolute coolest part: it’s free.
We’re bringing the SoundCloud experience to your desktop that allows you to access all the sounds shared exclusively with you to browse, listen to and favorite sounds. Create custom playlists and saved searches to see the sounds you need in an instant and download others for offline playback. And just like all the official SoundCloud apps it also includes record functionality that lets you easily capture and upload any sound whenever you need to share or store something quickly.
So whether you’re a serious sound professional who needs something to manage your daily workflow or just a casual creator who prefers the smooth native experience of OS X, SoundCloud Desktop does just the job.
– Record: capture your sounds right in the app and upload to your SoundCloud account in no time.
– Listen to, favorite and manage your exclusive and incoming tracks in one place.
– Browse and search any sound
– Create playlists and saved searches
Only tracks that have been made available for 3rd party applications will be accessible via SoundCloud Desktop. To change your settings, go to your track settings (pen icon above the waveform) and enable Apps.
Open the Mac App Store on your Mac after the software update that will install a dock icon for accessing the store. Or try this direct link.
As always, let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you like it, give kudos to Robb, brainchild behind the app. Well done!
Yeah, we’ve heard you – you’ve been patiently waiting for this one. It was a challenge for us to keep this a secret for a few months and that makes it even more exciting to be finally announcing the release of the official SoundCloud app for Android.
One quick note before we start: we wanted to release the app in time for the holidays and we’ll continue the development of the app so if you’re comparing the features to the ones available on the iPhone version and missing something, don’t worry, new updates will happen rapidly.
The official SoundCloud Android app lets you easily access, browse and listen to the sounds shared to you while you’re on the road and away from your computer. The app also includes recording functionality that lets you capture any sound around you and instantly save it in the ‘Cloud. Stay tuned, plenty more to come too.
Record: capture and share your sounds on the go, wherever you are
Browse, listen to and favorite sounds shared with you exclusively and on your Dashboard
Visualize your sounds with the SoundCloud waveform and use it to seek inside a track
Find and follow any SoundCloud user within the app
The next update will include sharing to Facebook & Twitter and also the ability to comment.
To get the app, scan the QR code at the bottom of this post with your Android phone, or open the Android Market Place on your phone, search for “SoundCloud” and download the app for free. Below are some some screenshots of how it looks:
And the QR code for the app:
For the free iPhone version of the app, click here and browse our App Gallery for more mobile, desktop and web apps.