Since launching the first version SoundCloud Mobile back in March of this year, the response has been overwhelming. We’ve been observing that more and more of you are accessing SoundCloud on your smartphones – the number of visits almost tripled in the last 3 months. Although you could previously play tracks and sets, search SoundCloud and explore genres and groups, there was still one important piece missing – you were not able to log in or sign up to SoundCloud on the mobile pages, you had to go to the main site.Today, that’s changing with a massive new iteration of SoundCloud Mobile: you are now able to access your SoundCloud account from a phone, bringing you closer to the experience you’re used to from the main site.
Here’s a run-down of the new features:
Follow/unfollow other members of the Community
Browse profiles and save to favorites
Receive recommendations for people to follow: your Facebook friends and suggested people
Access your Dashboard feed
Seamless playback while browsing
What do you think? We think that’s pretty cool. As always, give us your feedback in the comments below and help spreading the word about SoundCloud Mobile via Twitter.
For those of you who are interested in learning about the technology behind SoundCloud Mobile head over to our Backstage blog for a fresh new post by our developers.
Just insane – uhm – just in time for SXSW, we’re releasing a couple of awesome new features to SoundCloud. And this time we have updates all across the board, making it even easier for you to share the sounds you’ve created. Let’s hear what the Weatherman has lined up for you:
On the menu for you today we have:
1. Login with Facebook
This one probably doesn’t need too much of an introduction as we’re sure you’ve seen and used it before for other services. SoundCloud now supports the ability to sign up or log in using your Facebook credentials. For people you’re sharing your sounds with, this will make it easier and more streamlined for them to sign up for a SoundCloud account in order to leave a comment on one of your tracks or add it to their favorites. Sign up and log in are currently only possible on the web version but we’ll be following up by enabling this in our mobile apps and any third-party app using a SoundCloud connection very soon.
2. SoundCloud Apps: Android, iPhone and Desktop
Head over to the app stores to update because we’ve refreshed all our apps: besides many bug fixes and streaming improvements, these are the new additions:
Android & iPhone: both apps now let you check in to Foursquare when uploading a new recording. Also, browse through followers and followings for any user profile to find more great SoundClouders
Android: post and view comments, share to Twitter & Facebook and via email, choose from two nifty widgets for your homescreen
Desktop: improved playlist creation, share private tracks via email, public tracks to your networks, drag & drop urls into the app
3. SoundCloud Mobile
Today, we’re also launching a mobile version of the site for other smartphones and tablets. When on your web-enabled mobile phone, head over to http://m.soundcloud.com to see the mobile version of SoundCloud in action. This first version allows you to play and find tracks, explore users and browse tags with plenty more functionality on its way. Pretty neat.
4. Songkick integration
And last but not least, with this Songkick integration, we’re making it easy for performers to add upcoming tour dates to their SoundCloud account. To enable Songkick on your profile, paste the url to your Songkick artist account in the You On The Web section of your account settings and three of your upcoming performances will be displayed on your profile.
So that’s it for today – make sure to check back as we’ll be posting a set of more detailed blog posts about the features we announced today right here on the blog starting next week.
In the meantime, if you’re headed to Austin for SXSW, safe travels and happy arrivals. And finally – as always – let us know what you think in the comments, you know we love your feedback.
Some say the human voice is the most expressive instrument. This might be true, but sometimes this instrument can sound really horrible. Fortunately, there are people like Beardyman who take vocal-based music creation to the next level – beyond singing. His videos are really inspiring.
Following the auto-tune success, it’s exciting to see more and more voice-centered apps coming out. Two of the latest additions to our App Gallery are improVox and VoiceJam – iOS apps that let you create music by using your voice (or any sound you make) as the main input.
ImproVox uses real-time pitch correction, harmonization and effects to transform your voice into a well-tuned and tweaked soundscape. The touch interface is used for tweaking the settings as you go. Just “sing” and tweak and you’ll get it.
This is how it can sound:
You can sound like Imogen Heap, if you remember her “Hide and Seek”, and I look forward to hear her using this app…
VoiceJam is a tool for recording voice loops. You can easily layer loops, create variations and record your performances by playing back different variations and, if you want, sing on top.
Check out this track and try not to smile:
Finally, for those of you who are more into old school voice jamming, you gotta check out the Blues Writer if you sing the blues, or the Freestyle apps if you think you can rap.
And let us know about your voice-based creations by posting a link to your creation in the comments.