You can create a SoundCloud account for free, if you don't have an existing SoundCloud account.
If you're already familiar with other social networks platforms like Facebook and Twitter, then you can think of SoundCloud as a similar type of service, only that it is purposed for the listening and sharing of music.
For Android and iOS devices, SoundCloud is available for free. And you can also create a SoundCloud account for free, if you don't have an existing SoundCloud account.
This can be done by signing up via Facebook, Google+ or by email.
The SoundCloud platform shines brightly on mobile. Once you're in, you'll see that it is easy to navigate. The app has a main section that is used to navigate through everything:
Like Facebook, the Home is your personalized newsfeed. It shows all the tracks that have been posted and reposted by other SoundCloud users that you follow. You can listen to any track, repost it, like it, add it to a playlist or start a track station. And you can do all these directly from your news feed.
The app's search function is used to find any particular user or track that you wish to listen to.
This is the tab where you can access all of your likes, recent stations, and playlists. You can also see your profile by tapping the three dots in the top right corner.
The music tab will appear when you start playing a tracks. It allows you to easily access the music you're listening to while you're browsing other tabs in the app.
From the home tab, you can tap the arrow at the top labeled "Stream" to quickly browse through what's trending in music and audio. You can also browse through different music genres and forms of audio content.
It can be argued that one of the best features of SoundCloud is its social network-like model. You can keep tabs on your favorite artists, record labels and news outlets as their posts fill your stream, just as a Twitter or Facebook feed would.
Once you've found posts that interest you, just click the “Follow” button on the user’s profile and you’ll see every track they post in your stream.
You can upload your songs, once your profile is fully set, by clicking "Upload" next to your avatar in the top navigation bar. With a free account, you can upload up to 120 minutes-worth of sounds.
Once you upload a song, verify the title, add a description and label your sound with tags to make it easily findable. Perhaps more importantly, you can add a buy link. Click on "More options" right above the "Save" button before you upload your track.
When you hear a track you like, you can tap the three dots on it to add it to any one of your playlists. You can create as many playlists as you want that are public for other users to enjoy or private just for your own use.
When you don't have the time or patience to carefully pick out the tracks you want in your own playlists, you can simply tap those three dots on any track you like to have the app play a station with tracks that are similar.
And you can always access your most recent stations from your profile.
Although, SoundCloud has grown and expanded beyond its original user base, which consists primarily of grassroots musicians, some users have complained that it is losing its fidelity to artists in an attempt to appeal to the masses; and it was claimed that it could be for the preparation of a public sale.
Owing to this, there was a launching of a revamped website in 2013 that was heavily reconfigured to be more amenable to listeners.
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