Soundnode Turns Soundcloud Into a Spotify-Like Desktop App

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Remember the time Soundcloud made an awesome free desktop app and then killed it for no good reason? Well, a brave developer is bringing it back in a simplified form. It’s called Soundnode, and you’re going to love it.


Soundnode is basically a desktop version of Soundcloud. You can listen to songs from your stream, browse your playlists, and share songs with friends. Since you can’t upload new tracks or comment, it’s not quite the full Soundcloud experience you get on the web. But if you’re like me and just want to listen to great mixes on Soundcloud while you’re blogging about Soundcloud, Soundnode works great. It even lets you use your keyboard to play and pause tracks. Oh how I missed this functionality.

It’s important to highlight the fact that Soundnode is an open source project by Michael Lancaster. It’s in the early versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. That means it might be a little buggy. But it’s also very free.



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This is kinda cool, though the feature I really want is “add to queue.” So you can surf around and check things out without interrupting what you are playing, and still line the next thing up.

I experimented with adding stuff to a playlist while you are playing it, but as with most music apps it didn’t really work.

So, uh, that’s my feature request, kthxbai.