MUSIC: How to make use of SoundCloud

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Founded in Berlin in 2007, SoundCloud is a social
network that is primarily used for the distribution of music for free.
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.

How to sign into SoundCloud
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.

How to navigate the SoundCloud App

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:

Home

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.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud
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Search

The app’s search function is used to find any particular user or track that you wish to listen to.

Collection

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.

Music player

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.

Streaming

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.
SoundCloud

SoundCloud
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Following other users

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.

How to upload tracks

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.

How to create custom playlists?

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.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud
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Start a station to hear a series of similar tracks

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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