Miss the old SoundCloud desktop client? Take a look at Soundnode

soundnode desktop client for soundcloud
Spotify and Apple Music are great if you know what you like and want to keep listening it, but while those services do have music discovery features, new music junkies swear by SoundCloud. The service does have a major drawback though: It has mobile apps, but for desktop users, the service’s website is their only option.

Until now, that is. Soundnode is a new app by Chicago-based developer Michael Lancaster that brings the service to the desktop in a slick-looking package. The main draw here for many is that the app allows you to use the media keys on your keyboard to control playback, something that can’t be done on the SoundCloud website.

In addition to the native media key shortcuts, the app offers a full playlist feature, the ability to follow and unfollow users, and doesn’t need to be installed in order to be used. According to the project’s GitHub page, Soundnode already has more than 100 daily users, and has been downloaded over 30,000 times.

If you’ve ever used a desktop music app, SoundNode will look familiar, with a definite similarity to Spotify, right down to the dark color scheme. A simple navigation menu occupies the left side of the window, with the playback bar at the bottom of the window. The rest of the layout is dedicated to displaying track information and cover art.

For those who have been using SoundCloud for a while, you might remember that the service once had its own desktop app, but stopped supporting it years ago. This is likely as close as you’ll get, but fortunately Lancaster has done a great job developing an app that feels like it could have been made by the company itself.

Soundnode is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, so no matter your platform of choice, it has you covered. You can find downloads for your platform of choice on the app’s website.


Don't use streaming apps? These are the best free players for your local music

Rather than using music streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.

These are the 5 best free antivirus apps to protect your MacBook

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as picking from the best free antivirus apps for Mac suites.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Home Theater

Put your home theater to the test with these spectacular Blu-ray releases

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.
Home Theater

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Product Review

These AirPod look-alikes are better in every way but one

With silicone eartips, water resistance, and a more palatable price tag, Mobvoi’s Ticpods Free are impressive AirPod doppelgangers. But for all the great things they have going for them, there’s one flaw holding them back.
Home Theater

Learn how to calibrate your home theater speakers for sheer audio bliss

Make your home theater rumble just right with our manual speaker setup guide, a simple, step-by-step walkthrough to getting the most from your audio equipment without needing to rely on imperfect automatic calibration.
Home Theater

How to make your TV squeaky clean for not much green

Not sure how to clean the LCD, OLED, or plasma display that's the cornerstone of your living room? You don't need to buy expensive cleaning solutions to clean your TV -- we'll teach you how to do it with simple household items.
Home Theater

If you've got questions about Ultra HD Blu-ray, we've got answers

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances to hit home entertainment in years.

All the Best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Home Theater

From game consoles to 4K UHD spinners, these are the best Blu-ray players

Streaming may be popular, but the disc isn't dead yet. To get the very best picture and sound quality from your system, you need to be watching Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and these are the best Blu-ray players you can buy.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (December 2018)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in November and December 2018, from new original series to classic films.