Review: SoundCloud lets users record and listen to the coolest sounds

Find and interact with music and sounds created by artists and users alike.

SoundCloud is a compilation of different tools and features that you may be familiar with in different settings. Designed as a mobile social network for music and audio creators (and their listeners), the service serves as a great way to share your sounds while discovering new ones from friends and artists alike. While its hybrid nature leads to a few limitations, it is ultimately an engaging, exciting way to interact with music and podcasts.

After registering for a new account or logging in with your existing account, SoundCloud takes you to your home screen where you can start recording your own sounds immediately. A "sound" can be anything from a song by your band to a diatribe uploaded as a podcast or spoken word track. Recording is very easy with buttons located on almost every screen, but this is only half of the fun of SoundCloud. At the same time, you can see, comment on, and share other people's sounds, or you can search for sounds by top artists or podcasters already in the system. While knowing who is on SoundCloud is not always easy, the sheer volume of content is very impressive.

SoundCloud is easy to use, attractive to look at, and filled with content. Despite some small issues it has with the home interface, a plethora of spam users, and a confusing payment structure for accessing premium content, it is a well-designed app that perfectly supplements the service. If you are a SoundCloud user or you are interested in exploring what SoundCloud has to offer, this is a good app for you.

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