Listening to music can ease up the burden of any day’s work. Whether you are working on your computer or finishing a school project, listening to your favorite tunes can lighten up your mood.
SoundCloud is an online music streaming platform where users can listen, upload, and share their music. Thousands of songs are available for streaming at any time. If you are a creator or an artist, it can benefit you when you are promoting a new track.
Now, SoundCloud offers more than just online streaming. Downloading the songs on SoundCloud is possible and legal. There are available tracks that you can download for offline listening without violating any rules. If you want to find out more about it, continue reading below.
How to Download and Convert SoundCloud Music & Tracks to MP3 Legally
Before you start searching for tracks to download on SoundCloud, you need to know certain limitations to the offer.
First, downloading music on SoundCloud and converting it to MP3 is only available for paid tier plans. SoundCloud has several tier packages for its free and premium users. One is the Basic and free plan where you can listen to music online. The second is the paid tier plans available at $4.99 and $9.99 per month. Both have no ad interruptions, but the $9.99 per month has better audio quality.
Lastly, there is the SoundCloud Pro Unlimited, which is ideal for creators. Some tools help creators to promote and manage their audio tracks. If you want to download songs from SoundCloud, you need to subscribe to any of the paid tiers.
Another limitation is from the artists. Unfortunately, not all artists and creators are open to allowing their songs to be downloaded locally and are only making them available for streaming. You will need to check the tracks first if there is a download button, if not, the creator has disabled it.
Now, some artists offer their songs as a free download. When a track is a free download, any user with a free plan can download it.
Downloading SoundCloud Songs using the Desktop or Mobile Website
So, how do you download a SoundCloud song legally?
- Open the SoundCloud app.
- If you qualify to download a song, search for an artist.
- Tap or click an album.
- Tap or click the three-dotted icon from the song.
- Select Download.
- If you want to check songs under Free Download only, type Free Download on the Search bar.
- Tap or click the Download button on a song.
Downloading SoundCloud Music using the Android or iOS App
For SoundCloud mobile app users, unfortunately, downloading music or track for offline listening is not permitted whether you have a paid plan or not. SoundCloud has another subscription option for those who want to download content on a mobile device through the app. You will need to have subscribed to a SoundCloud Go ($4.99/month) or SoundCloud Go+ ($9.99/month) plan. Any of these subscription plans have a 30-day free trial option.
To download an offline copy of the SoundCloud track or music you like, you will need to add them to a playlist or your Liked section. It is also important to note that you cannot download songs or tracks individually. You will have to download the whole playlist. Once done, you can follow these steps to download the track on your iPhone or Android phone.
- To add a track to a playlist, simply tap on the More icon(3 horizontal dots), and then hit “Add to playlist”.
- Go to the “Your Library” tab on the SoundCloud mobile app by tapping the vertical lines icon.
- Select a playlist or your Liked album and hit the download icon.
- Your download will start immediately.
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