SoundCloud is a free-to-use hybrid of a music sharing platform and social media site. It’s become a big part of the music industry, having kickstarted the careers of megastars like Chance the Rapper, and having spawned entirely new genres.
It’s free to upload music to SoundCloud, and it only takes a few minutes. All you’ll need is an account and your audio files.
Just note that free users can only upload three hours of music to the site at most. Pro Unlimited users, however, can upload as much music as they want.
How to upload to SoundCloud
While picking the music you want to upload, keep it mind that the maximum file size is 4 GB. If your file is too big, try dividing it into different uploads.
For the highest quality audio, upload your music as a .FLAC, .WAV, .AIFF, or another lossless file format. SoundCloud does accept more standard files like .MP3, of course, but it won’t sound as good.
You can upload a track publicly, where anyone can find it, or privately. Private uploads can only be accessed through a special link. Privacy settings on songs can be changed at any time, or set to go public on a certain day.
SoundCloud is an online audio streaming and music sharing platform founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007.
The interactive nature of SoundCloud allows creators – from musicians to podcasters – to connect with listeners and fans through its various sharing tools. That includes a feature SoundCloud is perhaps most known for – its popular commenting feature. It allows users to share their thoughts on specific moments in an audio stream, which are then visible by anyone who listens to the track.
What you need to know about SoundCloud
SoundCloud is available online and for iOS and Android devices, and the basic version is free. Here’s everything else you need to know about SoundCloud.
How much does SoundCloud cost
While anyone can sign up and use SoundCloud at no-cost, there are advanced features that will require a 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.
SoundCloud Go+ is the next level up. For $9.99 a month, subscribers enjoy all the benefits of SoundCloud Go plus higher quality audio and access to SoundCloud’s full catalog.
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.
But SoundCloud Pro Unlimited offers even more listener statistics, unlimited audio uploads, opportunities to monetize and distribute audio tracks across other platforms, and more. 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.
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.
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 is a bit more involved for creators, 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.
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.
SoundCloud lets you share your own music and listen to other artists, whether they’re amateur or professional. It’s a great place to share and discover new music, and it allows you to take deep dives into music that’s unavailable anywhere else.
But if you’re done with SoundCloud, and want to remove all your songs, playlists, and other personal information from SoundCloud, the quickest way is to delete your account.
Just remember that once you delete your account, everything is gone for good. There’s no way to recover music or data from a deleted account.
How to delete your SoundCloud account
You have to use the desktop website to delete your account – you can’t do it from the SoundCloud app.
1. Head to the SoundCloud website and log into your account, and then click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
3. Click on “Settings” to access your account’s settings page.
4. In account settings, scroll down and click on “Delete Account.”
5. When you click on it, you’ll go to the “Delete Account” screen. Here, you’ll be asked why you’re leaving SoundCloud. You can check one of the reasons, or simply click on “Delete my account” at the bottom.
Your account will be immediately deleted, along with all of your songs and playlists.
One of the best things about SoundCloud, and something that differentiates it from competing music platforms like Spotify, is its wealth of underground, experimental, and independent artists and podcasts.
There’s a huge archive of artists and music that perhaps never made it out of the garage or bedroom, but can still reach your headphones through the service.
One of the best ways to enjoy tracks like these and others on SoundCloud is by placing music – whether it’s your own or another artist’s – into a playlist.
You can create a SoundCloud playlist on a desktop web browser or via the SoundCloud mobile app.
How to make a playlist on SoundCloud on a computer
2. Locate the song (or podcast) you want to put on a playlist by either searching with the search bar, or finding a trending or recommended track on the SoundCloud homepage. SoundCloud is also a popular platform for podcasts, which can be added to playlists as well.
3. Beneath each track is a small list of options icons. Tap the ellipses icon for “More,” then click “Add to playlist.”
3. Either add the track to an existing playlist by clicking “Add to playlist,” or click “Create a playlist” to name and create a new playlist, then click “Save.”
After you make your playlist, you can find it and open it by going to your profile and clicking the “Playlists” button. It’ll be right below your avatar.
2. Find the track you want to add to a playlist. You can search for the track, or discover one on the SoundCloud app’s home screen.
3. When you’ve located the track, or while playing it, find the ellipses icon. Tap it, then select “Add to playlist.”
On iOS, a newly created playlist will automatically be set to private. You can change the playlist to public on the playlist page. On an Android, you’ll be given a choice whether to make the playlist public or private when you create a new one in the app.
To find your playlists later and listen to them, tap the icon in the bottom toolbar that looks like three lines. This will bring you to your “Library” page, where you can tap “Playlists & albums” to see all your playlists.