SoundCloud is a huge social sound platform, with over ten hours of music & audio posted every minute. Hear new music, comedy, news, podcasts and record your own. Record audio with one touch and easily share it to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and more.
SoundCloud does only allow you to record 120 minutes of recordings with a free account, but you can upgrade for as little as $6/month if you find this system is something you really want to use. Or, you can delete old SoundCloud recordings to record new ones. You have 120 minutes to play with, and deleting old recordings will give you back the time you used for them.
- Download and open the app and click the Sign Up button to create an account.
- You’ll then be prompted to choose your favorite categories, the first section showing you music to choose from, the second section showing you audio.
- You will then see your Streams, which is audio or music you’re following, and if you want to record some audio just click on the Record button on the bottom of the screen.
Here are some screenshots to get you started.
When you enter SoundCloud you’ll be prompted to follow some people, either music or audio. After you do that, when new items are posted by the people you follow, they’ll show up in your Streams, as you can see here (click to make it larger):
When you tap on a stream, you’ll then see information about it, you can play it, share it, repost it, and more. Here’s what this looks like (click to make it larger):
But SoundCloud isn’t just about following other people. You can also record your own items here and have your own podcast (or a podcast for the library). You can either tap on the Activity tab to record, or tap on the record button on the bottom of the screen, as you can see here (click to make it larger):
When you click the Record button you’ll have to click one more Record button to start the recording. You will then see a clock and a pause button. Here’s some info on how this works (click to make it larger):
And when you try to save, you have multiple options for where the recording can be shared, as you can see here (click to make it larger):
After you create a recording it will be saved on your You tab. The You tab is also where you can find information on who you’re following, who’s following you, and your account information, as you can see here (click to make it larger):
For more information on using SoundCloud on smartphones, watch this video – SoundCloud iPhone App Tutorial:
For more information on using SoundCloud on tablets, watch this video – SoundCloud iPad App Tutorial:
Libraries & SoundCloud
We haven’t seen too many libraries in SoundCloud, but there are opportunities for libraries. You could have your own library podcast featuring library events, news, book reviews, and more. Or you could cultivate playlists from artists around your region, like the University of Washington Libraries do.
Doing a search in SoundCloud for “library” will also pull up other libraries, as you can see below, so check them out and see what sorts of things they’re sharing (click to make it larger):