SoundCloud launched an iPad app today, not doubt making a lot of iPad users very happy. With the app, users can create, record and promote their music and sounds on the fly.
“While maximizing native iPad capabilities like multi-touch and page swiping, SoundCloud’s app takes full advantage of the iPad interface to allow users to touch the newly designed waveform of the sound captured, allowing for a more social experience, which also includes more space for scrolling comments,” the company explains in the announcement. “In addition, users can now record private messages and send them directly to other people on SoundCloud.”
“SoundCloud’s new iPad application allows people to discover SoundCloud in an exciting new way. It takes full advantage of the functionality of the iPad, enticing people to capture and share sounds in a more social context than they might expect,” says Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud. “The end result is a creator and listening experience unlike any other music or audio application out there.”
The key features of the iPad app are listed as:
- More intuitive: Flowing screens to help navigate and discover sounds more easily along with simplified ‘stream’ and ‘activity’ tabs.
- More waveform: More space to interact with the newly designed waveform allowing users to add comments directly to the waveform and see them scroll as a sound plays.
- More social: Easier to ‘find & follow’ people and now record dedicated private messages to someone with a single tap.
- More visual: Larger profile images throughout the app.
For those who may not happen to have or use an iPad, there is more good news. Along with the iPad app, comes updates the SoundCloud mobile experience on Android and iPhone (as well as the mobile site at m.soundcloud.com).
To be honest, I have not used SoundCloud a whole lot myself, but my wife uses it a lot to upload recordings, and she has mentioned from time to time that the mobile experience has left much to be desired. I’ve seen plenty of complaints about it on the web. We’ll see if people like it better now.