SoundCloud Throws Out Baby With Bathwater? Nice App Design But Musicians Feel Screwed - hypebot

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Justin Boland

"At this point I was going to compile a list of what's missing based on user response, since I don't know the app that well, but it's pretty clear that the list would include the majority of previous features."

Yeah, wow! This is a damn strange story, thank you for the heads-up, Clyde.


SoundCloud's new app is one of the most unfortunate business decisions I have ever seen a company make. They have forgotten that without the musicians that upload music there would not be people to listen. They made the decision to remove the majority of their features including the ability to see who is following you, who you are following (which makes no sense at all because you no longer have the ability to go to someone's page to check out their music!!! You can only stream the latest music under streaming or perform a search), you no longer have the ability to comment on someone's music, to see what others have commented on your music or comments that have been made about other's music, the ability to see notes the artist has made about the music including tracklists, the ability to see who has "liked" your music and pretty much all stats are gone except the total number of times a track has been played. I have asked for a refund for my membership with unlimited storage because I don't feel I should have to pay when I am only getting a fraction of the features they provided before the release of the new app.


Waaaah (sp?). I can't record anymore and direct upload my podcasts using my iPhone. I'm disappointed. I pay for the space with my Premium account, what is the issue? That direct record/upload feature was nice for podcasters using SoundCloud as their primary hosting platform and not doing a lot of post-production. Also, for recording and hosting ambient sounds and sharing them.


Every time I go on soundcloud now, it's just to check to see if they've changed it back. I find the new version extremely frustrating and as someone who accessed it at ~10 times per day on average... I simply cannot deal with the changes that have made the app so completely user unfriendly, and well... utterly shitty.


What were you thinking??? This BULLSHIT redesign was for who exactly??? NOT THE MUSICIANS WHO USE YOUR SERVICE EVERY DAY TO SHARE THEIR MUSIC!!!

i log in to share my private tracks using my phone, AND YOU HAVE F*%KING DONE AWAY WITH MY ABILITY TO DO SO??

Bullshit!!! Total complete CRAP!!!! You've DESTROYED the main reason I use your service. KILLED IT.

I don't give a F%#K about your desire to create a music streaming service. THATS FOR YOUR've ENDED my ability to use your service as a tool to help me share my music with whom I want, seamlessly ... TOTAL AND UTTER BULLSHIT.

You should be ASHAMED of yourself.


GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW RADIO STATION.. I'm finding a way to cancel my PRO subscription AS SOON AS I CAN.

WHAT A WASTE. Whoever told you this was a good idea CLEARLY DOESNT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT MUSICIANS!!!!!



Why is soundcloud not responding to anyone? WE ALL HATE THE UPDATE ... Helloooooo? What the fuck is going on? Change it back already!!


I want back the old version

len bodner

This is insane to put out something new that really has nothing.They have taking away the functions that brought me and many thousands of musicians over to soundcloud. I have sent them my request to refund my money on my plan as i'm not getting what i had bought in the fast place.I think the person or persons who thought this was a great idea should be reevaluated as this decision is a business killer!! I will not use until it's done right!!!


No ability to add to playlist now even? What the deuce..


SoundCloud's becoming nearly as useless as mySpace


This is a horrible app now i cant believe this. I want to delete this app asap until they fix it.

Staffan Fenander

I agree!! This is the dumbest, most useless change SC has ever done! If features like commenting, recording and messaging don't return very soon I will end my SC membership...


This update is a huge disappointment. I downloaded it not knowing this is how it is. I'm very upset as an artist, no notifications and you can't visit peoples pages... Wtf?? Imagine using facebook and not being able to view someone's profile and only being able to view the newsfeed but not being ably to comment or like something. They messed up big time. And onto of that their mobile site is garbage too, so mobile users are pretty much screwed


Very poor design. It looks nice but doesn't cater to the members who actually create content for Soundcloud, which is the reason Soundcloud thrives. Why??? Please get a better version out soon, or switch it back to the previous one.

Dave Curran

I'm suprised that they've made the decision to take away pretty much ALL the features that people pay $100 a year to use. Pretty much everyone I've spoken to who have pro accounts have said they won't be renewing them now. And I think I'll be another of them.

I've been asking SC for months and months to add inbox support to their app, as an artist on the move it's important for me to be able to see what people are liking, what they're not, and be able to keep in touch with people sending me tracks and labels. They've pretty much taken away every feature I'm paying for with the exception of unlimited uploads, which I can get many other places for free. Another $100 lost I think.


This update is the worst thing i have ever seen.. Listener friendly?! Give me a break its complete shit, bring back the old version and fire the person who authorised this update while youre at it


When I find new songs, How do I even add songs to my different playlists? Is that even possible anymore?



fuck comments

I agree with everything, except for the people who think comments are essential. Comments are so fucking pointless. Keep the comments out. I could go on an 4 page tirade about how comments effect things negatively. I will say this though, when soundcloud first rolled out comments on the waveform, it was for musicians who were collaborating to comment specifically on an area where they wanted to add/remove/edit a part of a song. Now it's turned to a fuckery. IF you're a PROFESSIONAL artist who makes money at this, you're less concerned with "fuck yeah" "this is awesome" "blogged at" and more concerned with getting paid. Only amateurs want comments. Once you've reached a certain level with your music, you know you're good, and for the most part everything is going to be at a certain level, so the comments aren't helping, if nothing more than having a bunch of them on your waveform to make it look like you're important, which works in reverse if there's a great song that is not publicized well, with only a few comments, now we're supposed to think it's shit?



Great... I use Soundcloud primarily so that me and my bandmates can listen to our demos and rehearsal recordings when out walking, in the car etc without publicly sharing the songs. Now none of us can access our dozens of private tracks anymore.


What's Missing:
You can't go directly to the people you follow or the people who follow you without a search.

You can no longer create/or add songs to a playlist.


Listening to your own sounds

Sound cloud has taken out the reasons why I started using them.. Tell
Me why I should stick around? Companies always fix what doesn't need to be fixed. On to the next I guess..

mel z

i hate this version!! i cant even comment on the tracks anymore :( Change it back!!!

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