Have you ever stumbled upon a song that you like on a platform called SoundCloud? You probably noticed that this platform is quite different from other platforms that you might have seen.
SoundCloud is a free music streaming but also distribution platform mainly for artists. This online audio platform allows users to upload, stream, promote and share their unique music and podcasts. It has existed since 2007 and was established in Berlin, by Swerdihs sound designer Alexander Ljung and Swedish electronic musician Eric Wahlforss.
The platform is free, but it also has paid subscriptions, offering ad-free listening and offline listening options for fans. It is also available on the desktop and mobile apps for both iOS and Android.
What makes this special is that it allows creators, from musicians to podcasters to connect with their listeners and fans, through various sharing tools. For example, it includes a popular commenting feature, something that SoundCloud is perhaps the most known for.
This allows users to share their thoughts on specific moments during the audio stream, which are also visible to anyone who listens to the track. That way fans are connected with each other, sharing the similar feelings while listening to their favourite tracks.
How much does SoundCloud cost?
Anyone can sign up for SoundCloud for free, but premium has its own advanced features and that goes for a required monthly subscription.
The first premium tier on the platform for users is SoundCloud Go, and it costs just $4.99 a month. With SoundCloud Go, users can save an unlimited number of tracks for offline listening and enjoy an ad-free listening experience.
For creators, there’s the option of SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. SoundCloud Basic allows you to upload three hours of audio content and access to stats like the number of track plays and likes.
What makes SoundCloud Pro Unlimited sp special is that it offers even more listener statistics, unlimited audio uploads, opportunities to monetize and distribute audio tracks across other platforms. SoundCloud Pro Unlimited costs $12 a month if you sign up for a yearly subscription or $16 for month-to-month billing.
How to use SoundCloud as a listener?
Go to SoundCloud.com or download the SoundCloud app and create an account.
You can do this by entering your email address and choosing a password or signing up via your Facebook, Apple, or Google account.
To edit your profile, click your display name on the top right of the screen, then click “Profile.” Upload a header image and profile image to personalize your page.
To edit your display name or profile URL, click the “Edit” button underneath the header image. Here, you can also add or edit your bio and note your full name, city, and country if you’d like.
Click “Save changes” when you’re finished.
SoundCloud users can share their location, a bio, and links on their profile.
To start listening, navigate to the “Discover” page by clicking the “Home” tab to see what’s trending or search for specific content using the search bar.
Comment, like, and repost tracks you like; these options are all found underneath the waveforms of individual audio tracks.
The Discover tab on SoundCloud helps you find new music to enjoy. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider
You can create playlists by clicking the “More” button, then click “Add to playlist.”
Click the “Follow” button under an artist’s name to follow their new tracks, playlists, and reposts.
These will appear in your “Stream” tab alongside the tracks you upload and repost. Your likes and playlists live in the “Library” tab.
How to use SoundCloud as an artist?
Using SoundCloud as an artist is a bit more complex as there are many tools at your disposal to share your work and grow your audience.
To upload a track to SoundCloud, click “Upload.” You can drag and drop files into the upload box or choose files to upload from your computer.
Consider setting the privacy for your audio track by clicking “Public” or “Private.” You can also choose to enable downloads for your track and add or change track information.
Artists at any subscription tier can upload their music to SoundCloud.
The SoundCloud Creator Guide offers a comprehensive look at all of the tools and resources available to artists to help them get the most out of the platform. It includes tips on optimizing SoundCloud tracks to make them easy to find, instructions on how to share your SoundCloud tracks on social media and embedded players, and more.
What features do I have as a free user?
You can upload up to 3 hours of your work
Is downloading music from SoundCloud illegal?
Downloading an item from SoundCloud without artist’s permission will be a violation of the company's copyright laws.
Do SoundCloud artists get paid?
Artists are being paid based on listening habits instead of the number of streams.