MusiKloud is a full SoundCloud client for Symbian

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This has been around for a while but completely below my (and other reader's) radar - MusiKloud is a fully featured SoundCloud client that allows you to browse, search, play and download tracks and sets. You can also access and manage your SoundCloud tracks, favourites, sets, groups and followings. Plus tracks played in MusiKloud can be scrobbled to More below, with links and screenshots.

In case you hadn't heard of it, SoundCloud works in quite a similar way to YouTube, with favourites, playlists and subscriptions etc. The main difference is that playlists (referred to as 'sets') are created by the uploader rather than the listener. For example, a band may upload a live gig as a set containing several tracks. Other users can then play/download the set, but they cannot create an empty set and add tracks to it as they would in YouTube. 

The focus of SoundCloud is on content created by independent artists. You won't find the latest Justin Bieber single on there (at least, you shouldn't), which is why it will never be as popular as YouTube, though some users will bend the rules as far as they can to upload popular content (extended edits of popular songs, for example). 

As for MusiKloud, the user interface is quite similar to that of CuteTube, with a very similar homescreen and list views for tracks/sets. User channels are also displayed in a similar way, with multiple tabs. Full keyboard support was added in the last update and works in the same way as cuteTube.

The main difference in the applications is in the playback, which uses a built-in player, rather than relying on the stock media player. Also, the sharing of tracks/sets to social networks is supported, but uses the SoundCloud sharing API (called 'connections') rather than interfacing directly with the social network APIs. Users can share tracks/sets to any/all of the connections that they have added to their SoundCloud account using the website. This approach means a greater number of social networks are supported, and avoids the need to grant further permissions to MusiKloud.

Here's MusiKloud in action on my Nokia 808 PureView. Note that I'm a novice SoundCloud user and so I've not delved into the personal (my uploaded original music) area (yet):

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Immediate familiarity with MusiKloud's homescreen interface - almost identical to CuteTube! The Accounts section lets you sign into both SoundCloud and

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Your Dashboard is the list of new stuff by the artists, groups and friends that you follow on SoundCloud; tapping though to a track brings up more details and the iconic SoundCloud waveform/button for playback.

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Of particular note in the Settings is being able to download music to a folder of your choice and being able to turn on 'scrobbling'; (right) examining my 'follow' list on SoundCloud in the 'You' section of the interface...

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As with YouTube, there are many new bits of music appearing all day, every day - the 'Explore' function offers various ways to view these, including 'Latest tracks', shown here. Note that long pressing the list brings up the multi-selection check boxes here, so that you can (for example) add multiple tracks to your playback queue; or just tap a track to play it directly.

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The custom player shows track art (if available), plus controls to scrub along the track, add it to your favourites, download it, and so on; the 'Transfers' section keeps track of what you've got downloading in the background.

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Typical Qt menus, as with CuteTube - note the faclity to comment on tracks directly and to share via SoundCloud's own Connections API, as mentioned above; (right) viewing my current playback queue....

Like Symbian platform favourite app by the same developer, CuteTube, MusiKloud is a full commercial application, at £3, but again it's an application you're likely to return to many times a day if you're a SoundCloud fan, and it's still less than the cost of a pint of beer(!)

Comments welcome if you've been using MusiKloud for a while - what do you think?

Source / Credit: Nokia Store