The social audio sharing site SoundCloud upgraded its iOS app today, adding a tablet-friendly UI for iPad users. The app lets users find and listen to tracks, comment on waveforms, connect with others and record audio using the iPad's microphone.
When the first iPad launched in early 2010, one of the biggest criticisms leveled against it was that it was too heavily geared toward passive consumption of content, and lacked many of the participatory features of the Web. As the iOS platform has evolved and Apple has updated the hardware to include a camera, the iPad has grown into more of a read/write device.
Just as other iPad apps allow for the creation and publication of text, photos and video, Soundcloud lets you record and publish snippets of audio from the device. In the process, you can share it on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, including any brand pages your Facebook account has administrative access to.
In addition to posting audio clips, users can interact with others by commenting on individual sound files. Those comments can be added at specific points in the audio waveform, just like on the service's website ..