Soundcloud has given its mobile apps a to cater more to its growing army of millions of listeners, and less to the five people who actually use it to record and upload audio from their phone.

SoundCloud's Twitter-like Stream has been visually overhauled, replete with gesture-based navigation, parallax scrolling effects and big artwork tiles for each track.

Gone is the ability to record or upload any audio from your phone, view or write new comments (which, let's be real, isn't a bad thing), or see who has liked or reposted a song (which is stalkerish anyways).

Soundcloud is embracing the shift from a platform for artists to share audio with each other, to a platform for musicians to share their music with the world.

But strangely, despite its focus on listeners, you still can't quickly queue up tracks on the fly.

Getting to your liked/reposted tracks on your user profile, which has become the de facto method of bookmarking songs for later listening, has been pushed further back into the app.

You can download (or update) the app from the iTunes and Google Play stores for free.

SoundCloud's Dramatic New App Update Puts All The Focus On Listening

SoundCloud has totally redesigned their iPhone app to bring users a more simplified, intuitive experience.

Soundcloud has given its mobile apps a major overhaul to cater more to its growing army of millions of listeners, and less to the five people who actually use it to record and upload audio from their phone.

What's new? According to the Wall Street Journal, SoundCloud's Twitter-like Stream has been visually overhauled, replete with gesture-based navigation, parallax scrolling effects and big artwork tiles for each track. Gone is the ability to record or upload any audio from your phone, view or write new comments (which, let's be real, isn't a bad thing), or see who has liked or reposted a song (which is stalkerish anyways).

But strangely, despite its focus on listeners, you still can't quickly queue up tracks on the fly, and getting to your liked/reposted tracks on your user profile, which has become the de facto method of bookmarking songs for later listening, has been pushed further back into the app.

That said, it's clear that Soundcloud is embracing the shift from a platform for artists to share audio with each other, to a platform for musicians to share their music with the world. You can download (or update) the app from the iTunes and Google Play stores for free.

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  • Greg Hale

    As nice as it looks and as nice as the scrubbing/track skip functionality the main use for soundcloud (from my viewpoint) was curated playlists on the fly.

    Having the ability to listen to a stream of somebody and highlight songs that i like AND filter them into relevant playlist of mine own was super fast and easy on the app..

    Now its gone (WAHHH) and i have to move to use soundcloud in a browser (1st world problems) to continue this use.

  • The player itself, with big, one thumb friendly, play/pause & easy scrubbing makes the BBC iPlayer Radio app & many podcat apps, including Apples podcast app look tired and clunky. Soundcloud are being bold and its worked for the most part

  • Charles Garrett

    The visual overhaul seems nice, but just a clarification: only the iOS version has been updated, the Android version hasn't been updated since June 11.

    It'd be nice if SoundCloud considered Android's new Material Design guidelines when they do deliver a refresh though.

  • I actually LOVED the comments feature. It made me feel good to see other peoples impressions on songs, or parts of songs that made me happy.

  • On the surface the UX is delightful, especially the track scrubbing, but the changes to functionality are so broad and pervasive that it's not really the same app. You deride commenting, but that is (was?) a core component of the soundcloud experience and a key differentiator. I for one have resorted to using soundcloud.com in mobile safari as a workaround. I'm hoping this is a temporary rest, akin to Apples Final Cut Pro/X release.