If you’re a frequent user of Soundcloud and hate having to go to the website everytime you want to hear some music, Soundnode is a new app that might just work for you. The app is portable so you can just unzip the downloaded zip file and your good to go.
The first thing you will notice is the beautiful dark user interface that will remind you of the desktop version of Spotify. Once your logged in with your Soundcloud account you will get access to all your personalised features. Searching for and playing a song is easily done via the search box at the top. The left navigation bar gives you access to all the features of the app.
Soundcloud Features in the App
The latest version of the app includes the top charts section of Soundcloud
Next up is the Stream section that is built upon the artists and people you follow
Likes and Playlists
Every song is presented as a square thumbnail with the option to like, repost or add the song to a playlist. The likes sections shows you all the songs you have liked.
View Profile and Follow
Clicking on any artists name will take you to their profile page with the option to follow or unfollow them from there too.
Windows Native Features
The app was tested on Windows 10 and performance was very good for an initial release. Most importantly despite being available for Windows, Mac and Linux it feels like a proper native app. if you have a keyboard that has pause and play and volume control buttons pressing them will make the app respond accordingly. Another neat optional feature is allowing the app to show a notification popup as well as in the action center when a new song begins to play.
The app tells you when an update is available with the only caveat being that you need to download a whole new version unzip and run again. Though we love the convenience of a portable version it would be great to have a proper installer for the app. Other than that Soundnode is highly recommended. It is open source and being actively developed by a very active and responsive developer.
Get Soundnode from here