The new SoundCloud sucks – how to switch back
Don’t worry, it’s still possible to use the old version. In the upper right corner, click “more”, and then click “switch back to classic SoundCloud”.
Things I like about the new SoundCloud:
- Better search
- Even though it’s horrible, my amazing music contacts and discoveries are still there.
Things I dislike about the new SoundCloud
- Dashboard only shows tracks; not what the people I follow are up to. Entries like “Owsey, Jernalism, Sorrow and 50 others favorited this track” are great ways to discover new music.
- “Follow fjern, Linkin Park, Big Boi and more on SoundCloud”. Seriously? I use SoundCloud primarily to discover and interact with other hobby musicians, and I’m not interested in promoting Linkin Park and Big Boi in any way. Nor am I interested in seeing random suggestions on who to follow.
- Sets don’t display track lists unless I click on them, and they’re all displayed as one waveform.
- Comment avatars are tiny, and the whole commenting system is very awkward to use.
- I don’t want 3 of my favourites to suddenly play after one of my individual uploads. They’re not “related”.
- “Follow back”, “reposts”, sets with other people tracks – it all seems quite spammy.
- From 5 to 3 spotlight items, number of people an artist follows being shown, comment content, – it’s all being shrinked and reduced.
- The “stylish” design has poor usability, and doesn’t clearly indicate where I am or what’s going on. The trend of fancy large minimalist AJAX designs like this is like a step back to websites made in Flash back in 2000. What was wrong with the old tab layout on profiles? Everything about the old design made sense.
- It all seems to be catered towards listeners and known artists, and going away from the paying users’ sense of community and collaboration.
- Where are the groups my song is in?
- Everyone hates it; quite literally – just read the comments: http://blog.soundcloud.com/2012/12/04/next-becomes-soundcloud/