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5.4

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LAST UPDATED: August 24th, 2022

SoundCloud is a Swedish audio distribution platform currently based in Berlin, Germany and available around the world. SoundCloud allows its members to record, upload, promote, and share their original content. According to the company’s data, users upload about 12 hours worth of audio onto the site every minute, and the content is evenly split between music superstars and lesser-known artists. Over half of the songs uploaded to the site are played within the first thirty minutes, and the vast majority of uploaded music is listened to at least once. Since its creation in 2007, SoundCloud has challenged the dominance of virtually every other audio distribution platform available on the web. 

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The Good

SoundCloud is known for its impressive array of features:

  • SoundCloud allows users to upload their music to a personalized URL. Sound files are also easy to embed, which means that SoundCloud can be combined with Twitter and Facebook to spread music farther and faster.
  • SoundCloud users may create and join groups with common interests, where they can collect, rate, and share relevant media amongst themselves.
  • For no charge, SoundCloud users may listen to as much audio as they want, upload up to 180 minutes (three hours) of audio to their profiles, create playlists, "Like," "Repost," and "Share" music, and "Follow" other users. The free package also lets users make downloads of their audio complimentary.
  • With SoundCloud PRO, which costs $6 a month or $55 a year if purchased all at once, users may upload six hours of audio content, view stats that include plays by country, and pin tracks and playlists to the top of their profiles.
  • With SoundCloud PRO UNLIMITED, which costs $15 a month or $135 a year if purchased all at once, users may upload limitless audio, view stats that include plays and traffic by city, and view the web pages and apps where their music is being played.
  • Both subscription plans include a 30-day money back guarantee and users can gift subscription plans to other artists.
  • All music that a user likes is saved to their "Collection," which is accessible from any page. A user's Collection is divided into four sections: Overview, Likes, Playlists, and Following. Artists that users choose to follow will appear under "Following." Users can also shuffle the music in their Collection by toggling the "Shuffle" button.
  • Users may choose to upload a file saved on their computer or record through the SoundCloud website itself.
  • SoundCloud offers apps for different mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, and Firefox OS.
  • Users may add comments at any point along a song, and those comments display automatically when the track reaches that point.
  • SoundCloud offers an in-house messaging app that lets users communicate with one another through the website.
  • Unlike most other websites that stream music, SoundCloud features keyboard shortcuts to navigate music, search the catalog, and change the audio volume.
  • SoundCloud has mobile apps available for Android, iOS, and Amazon.
  • Users don't have to select a particular playlist in order to listen to music continuously; SoundCloud will play songs with similar sounds after users choose a single song, whether from the main page or their Collection.
  • Prior to registration, SoundCloud's homepage automatically populates with new and popular music in the network. The recommendations change with every refresh. After registration, the homepage becomes a user's feed, which displays new content from artists and labels they follow.
  • With most songs on the site, clicking the song name will bring users to an expanded content page with a description of the content from the artist, recommendations for additional listening, and space to leave comments. Selecting the artist's name brings users to the artist's page, with all uploaded content listed.
  • All content is tagged, and users can use these tags to sort their own content and others' and explore new music. Examples include: #beethoven, #future, #deephouse, and #hiphop.
  • Users can explore new music through the "Explore" tab. It is divided into two categories: Trending Music and Trending Audio. Music is further divided into genres.
  • Whatever music is currently playing will continue to play while users upload their own music, unless they are recording. The music does not automatically shut off, which provides for a fairly seamless listening experience.
  • As SoundCloud is a distribution platform and not an Internet radio service, there is no skip limit. Users may skip songs as often as they like.
  • In addition to music files, SoundCloud hosts content from speechmakers, comedians, poets, and authors.
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The Bad

  • Single sound file sizes are limited to 2GB and total upload time per week is limited to 30 hours.
  • SoundCloud is among the more expensive audio distribution services.
  • SoundCloud does not offer censor options for explicit lyrics.
  • SoundCloud does not display lyrics to most songs.
  • Song quality is variable, because users compress their own audio and upload it independently. However, songs' bitrates are usually displayed as they stream.
  • Users cannot "unlike" a song without playing it first.
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The Bottom Line

SoundCloud's popularity is well deserved, as it is among the most accessible audio distribution services available. Its features are wide in scope, but simple to use. The service is ideal for new and veteran artists alike to share their music with a well-established audience. Its inclusive and ever-growing collection of music is well suited for anyone looking to discover new sounds.

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Mary Daniels Westland, MI

SoundCloud offers many choices for music preferences. If the artist isn’t featured or found an alternative choice of the like is available. I also like how you can see other listeners feelings or vibes about a song you’re listening to almost a hint that your music choice is approved!!

6 months ago

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Sathvik Aithala Portland, OR

Great for discovering new artists. Easy to use website.

1 month ago

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Violet Acosta Stewart Gulfport, MS

I listen to Soundcloud an average of four hours a day. On the weekends, it's on all day. This goes to show that im always listening to music. It's helped to develop my taste in music and find new underground bands I've never heard of. It's also a great way for growing artists to get out into the community.

2 years ago

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Renan Serrano

When i choose not to pay spotify, i choose to listen to soundcloud! It's a true community sense. Now for me its working to upload some audios and podcasts, that with a rss feed player i also can increase the speed reproduction. All my asks were solved by soundcloud team

4 years ago

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Kaela Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is a great music platform for upcoming artist that want to get their music out there and noticed by potential fans. Soundcloud will recommend people based on the genre of music you listen to to help broaden one's musical ear.

10 months ago

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Destini Ferguson Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is a great place to discover new artists. They also give users the opportunity to share their own content. If you're interested in mainstream artists I recommend you try another app. You will not find any new, good quality albums from popular artists here.

10 months ago

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Aiyana Brown Tallahassee, FL

Soundcloud was a defining factor in my middle school days and continues to be a part of my life even now. If you want to find new and unique music that out of the mainstream, this is the perfect place to be. Because it is run by people, the quality of the sound can be off sometimes but overall the app itself is amazing for those who want to find new music and for those who want to put their own music out there

11 months ago

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Corbin Short ,

It really just depends on what you want to use it for. If you are looking for a free platform to listen to all of the music you want, this is not it. SoundCloud is based on users uploading files. It is not a Spotify or Apple Music. That being said, it's free! And, if you like listening to some live sets or ad-hoc remixes that you like, there is a chance it is on SoundCloud, but no chance it is on the other streaming services. I listen to some of the best most memorable DJ sets I have ever heard and they are all on SoundCloud. Oftentimes, they are on YouTube as well, but you cannot close YouTube.

1 year ago

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Cali Peterson Salt Lake City, UT

The vibes of the app itself are a little weird, but I love how there’s lesser known music on there. The variety is perfect. I use it when I can’t find music anywhere else and it’s almost always there.

8 months ago

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Anoushka Ahuja Tallahassee, FL

Soundcloud is a great way to stream artists for free and is also a great way to listen to songs that aren't always on other streaming platforms. Sometimes the app can be hard to use though and it does have its glitches which can make it hard to use.

8 months ago

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Patrick Orem, UT

This is a great platform for rising artists. It gives them a voice. You can't really find that in other places. I actually also use it for posting music I create. Good place to find up and coming artists.

4 years ago

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Mike Tomancik Prairieville, LA

How about updating your clunky interface? A -30 seconds and a +30 seconds button would work so much better than that slidey-thing that sometimes freezes and sometimes decides to jump back to the beginning as soon as you touch it. I have a Note 5 and didn't always do that. It's still clunky though and uncomfortable to work with, especially while driving.

4 years ago

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Derek Heiner Centerville, UT

I don't use SoundCloud as much as some of the other streaming services but I like how they have remixes and things that aren't officially published. It also has helped me find newer music that I wouldn't be able to find on other streaming services.

4 years ago

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Pete Centerville, UT

Soundcloud is one of the streaming services I use everyday. My main use for it is to find new music. I've only used the free service from it but it is easy to use and I really enjoy it.

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Rocio Diaz Tallahassee, FL

Great way to expand your music repertoire. They have an unmatched selection, especially of "underground" or "up and coming" musicians. They are a great music streaming service and they deserve all the rage!

10 months ago

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Sierra Thomas Tallahassee, FL

This is a nice music streaming app and I loved using it when posting my own music. This company gives its user a easy an quick way of promoting their music and searching for new music to listen to.

11 months ago

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soporia moment Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is where I find new artist who are just starting out in the music industry. It is also music you can’t find on YouTube or Apple Music. That’s the reason why I keep SoundCloud to be updated on the new music coming out.

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Abril Hunter Tallahassee, FL

I enjoy using SoundCloud to find underground rapper the music that has not gone through the Spotify publishing process. SoundCloud is great for what it does however I do think the interface could use some improvements. The page when you’re listening to music that shows a side to side scroll with comments from users I find a little unnecessary and hard to manage quickly. However I really enjoy the fact that unreleased music by many artists can be found on SoundCloud and not in other places so I always have the app downloaded on my phone.

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abw fsu Tallahassee, FL

You can't go wrong with SoundCloud. Best place to find underground songs and musicians. I use SoundCloud all the time to find unpublished songs by my favorite artists. It's also a great place for aspiring rappers, such as myself, to begin their careers and build a following. I've been a SoundCloud user for years and I have no plans on stopping!

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Makayla Holland Gaithersburg, MD

I used SoundCloud all the time i like it because i like the fact that you can listen to music that hasn’t been released. You can make you on music you owe profile and create a playlist. And you get all of this for free. I recommend

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Lottielyn Schwenke Orlando, FL

This is the place to get all the mixes you hear online that you can't purchase through places like Amazon or Apple Music. I love following DJs or independent artists who don't have record deals but are making beautiful music to share with the world.

2 years ago

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Stephanie Byrd Tallahassee, FL

I truly enjoy using SoundCloud. SoundCloud is not as popular as many mainstreaming music providers but it is just as great. On SoundCloud I can find music not available anywhere else. I also think it is quite astonishing that they allow rising musicians to share their talents on their platform. Thumbs up to SoundCloud.

2 years ago

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take7 Sandy, UT

Reliable for old songs that don't really have anywhere else to load their music to. Found a song on there I couldn't find anywhere else for a dance number we were doing. It was easy to share and play back for the actual performance. Free!

2 years ago

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Benjamin LeBlanc Dallas, TX

SoundCloud was a reservist I started off on although it’s not as established with more relevant artist there’s still a great amount of content being able to commute every day highly recommend please support them so they don’t shut down this wonderful service

2 years ago

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Zharia Allums Haines City, FL

I have multiple music apps, even apps that I pay for a subscription for. Considering that this app is free (if you don’t want to pay for a subscription) I think what is offers is pretty great. The only complaint is the numerous adds and that it cannot be played without internet. Once again though, considering that it’s free, I think it’s a pretty good deal.

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Julia Cavalcanti Orem, UT

SoundCloud is such a good way to follow local artists. Not everyone is famous enough to make it onto large music streaming companies like Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify. It's easy to work around the app and it gives you exclusive music from your favorite artists that you can't find on those other companies. Many of the biggest names in hip-hop had their start on SoundCloud like Juice WRLD, Travis Scott, Post Malone, and many others.

3 years ago

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Sunny Perry Springville, UT

Soundcloud is an awesome app because you can listen to just about anything. I would especially recommend sound cloud go because you can listen to it outside of wifi. I have had it both ways and it is definitely worth the time and money to get soundcloud go

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Kaiya ward Lehi, UT

I absolutely love sound cloud because youre able to find artists that arent as popular as others as well as finding a lot of unknown and new music. If you are a musician it is also a great app to try to start to get yourself out there!!

3 years ago

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Eric San Diego, CA

If you are an artist wishing to share your music and have your voice be heard then this is the place for you. If you are someone who likes hearing new music thats not the nonsense on the radio well, this is also the place for you.

3 years ago

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Maya Lewis Pleasant Grove, UT

SoundCloud has the widest expanse of music I know. There are several other music streaming sites and they rarely have the songs I need. SoundCloud is the best for beginning artists, meaning that I get a large choice of music, and a lot of new artists that I love.

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tini mapu Orem, UT

What I like most about soundcloud is that they have local artists on there. You can find thousands of remixes of island music, reggae and bands that are not known worldwide. You can create playlists and find music from all over the world.

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Estefi Arreola Leyva Gilbert, AZ

I think SoundClound is an amazing app, you can find all types of music on the app, and different music artists. You can produce your own music and have people listen to it for free. What I find cool is many famous rappers started on SoundCloud and became famous from people listening to their music. You can listen to music for free and play your favorite hits

4 years ago

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Aricel Westfall Slocomb, AL

Soundcloud is my go to music app when I go to the gym. They have the best sets when working out and recommends amazing music for me

7 months ago

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Carlianne Slocomb, AL

Best music streaming app to find underground artists and self-made musicians! I am a long term user of sound cloud and probably always will be!

7 months ago

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David Stickles West Jordan, UT

Very cool service and offers a lot of music options from mainstream to unknown new artists. Also makes it easy to create an account and upload your own creations.

1 year ago

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FreFryAntony Bristol, TN

First of all, it's great both for music lovers as well as artists beginners and etc. Use it daily for finding less known music in high quality recordings. Recommend to everyone!

2 years ago

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Cade Boudreaux , FL

I love SoundCloud. I have a friend that makes music on SoundCloud and that’s the only platform I could listen to it to as it’s easy for people to upload their music. I would recommend it 10 out of 10

2 years ago

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Austin Ellis , FL

The quality of songs released by professional music and audio producers are maintained and clean, and there are so many tracks and playlists to listen to, and you can upload yourself.

2 years ago

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Blue Rae *._ Norcross, GA

I use sound cloud everyday when all my skips are up on my other music apps. I have a lot of music saved so far. But I would want to have certain songs you look up on there

2 years ago

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Kieran Alexis

soundcloud became a terrible place for music years ago. lack of functions, lack of useability and lack of ability to find an audience or discover new music. every time I log on I get a promoted hip hop track usually drivelling on about about drugs, guns and mistreating women. i used to be a subscriber but the day they terminated 'groups' was the day I cancelled. I would never dream of giving this company any more money or encouragement. please soundcloud, go bankrupt or sell yourselves to Apple or Google so we can develop new platforms that allow us musicians to actually find our audience, because what you have built is a dog's breakfast.

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Shanelle vickers Jacksonville, FL

SoundCloud always has the music that I need whether it’s normal speed or sped up. The only annoying thing is the Ads but I’m not paying for premium.

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Karen Torino Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is really nice for exploring unknown/unpopular music and for remixes of songs. Some of the best versions of songs i've heard I have found through SoundCloud.

11 months ago

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Gabe Burton Riverton, UT

SoundCloud has not changed at all over the years but in the best way possible. It's easy to use, create content, and find new content. A lot of struggling artists put their work on here, hoping to be discovered. I love that I can dig through and find some really great artists, and share them with my friends.

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jakira johnson Tallahassee, FL

Soundcloud is a great app for listening to music. They are a lot of artist variety on Soundcloud and you can even find music that may not be on apple music. I love that Soundcloud allows anyone to upload music no matter how big or little of a content creater you are. My only issue with Soundcloud is that they have so many advertisements in between music changes.

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Olivia Hardy Olney, MD

Regarding profanity, there is lots of it even in songs that don't have it, because people post comments on different parts of the song. Don't know if there is a way to turn off those comments yet. The fact that Soundcloud itself uses profanity in their Rules page shows that, whatever their rules about profanity, it wouldn't be my rule. I have chosen 17 because I wouldn't want to subject myself to the language in the posts.

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Brianna S Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is a great streaming site for underground artists who are not able to get their music on the Apple Music platform yet. Any music by artists that I cannot find on Apple Music are without a doubt on SoundCloud.

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Ramona Kiffing Pompano Beach, FL

I love using Soundcloud. I love that they offer different artists and producers a platform to present their music. However, I do not like the amount of ads they have added on the app.

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Conrad Ma American Fork, UT

SoundCloud is great for discovering music from smaller artists who are up and coming. It also has many exclusives of content that isn’t released on bigger streaming services such as Spotify or Apple Music.

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Nyla C. Tallahassee, FL

SoundCloud is an elite platform. A lot of old music, and underground tracks are posted and founded only on SoundCloud. I have had this app since I was in middle school (I am now a sophomore in college).

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Bria Daley Tallahassee, FL

What I love about SoundCloud is that you are able to listen to music that other competing music apps may not have, and people are able to create a platform for their music career.

1 year ago