How to download music from SoundCloud: A complete guide

Updated: May 13th, 2020
There are plenty of reasons why you want to download from SoundCloud.

With over 175 million registered users, thousands of songs and mixes are uploaded on the German streaming giant every day. While the number of people who download music decreases since streaming toke over.

According to The Verge, there were 200 million tracks available on SoundCloud in 2019. Other sources mention that 220 million tracks are available in 2020. I won’t cite these sources as I am not able to confirm these claims. 

One of the reasons could be:

  • You want to use a song in a DJ mix.
  • You are traveling to areas stable internet connection is scarce.
  • The song you like is not available on Spotify or Apple Music.
  • You might not have a subscription for a streaming platform.
  • The artist offers a WAV or AIFF download.
  • You prefer a higher audio quality because SoundCloud streams are 256kbps.

What you will learn in this guide:


How to download music from SoundCloud directly?

Users on SoundCloud can enable or disable the download feature when uploading or scheduling a release on SoundCloud. Most artists offer remixes, mashups, and DJ mixes as a free download because they don’t own the right, which is necessary for an official release.

The most common approach artists use are direct and download gates. A direct download allows you to get the audio file directly from SoundCloud. A gate redirects you to a webpage that requires you to follow, subscribe, or share their music before you can download the song.

How to download music from SoundCloud

Direct downloads are straight forward, here’s how to do it:

  1. Press on More.
  2. Press Download file.
  3. Voila, it is super easy.

Download gates are more dynamic as they redirect you to a page with instructions. Most of the time, download gates require you to perform certain steps like subscribing to a newsletter or follow an artist on social media.

Download gate


What are the alternative methods?

Yes, there are alternative methods you can use to download a song from SoundCloud. While I wouldn’t recommend doing this, I do want to cover the other options you have.

Online converters

With a quick Google search, you’ll stumble upon plenty of websites that can grab, convert, and download a song from SoundCloud. The downside is that these sites have a lot of ads.

Software

There is also software available which you can install locally on your computer or laptop. You should avoid this at all costs because you never know if the software you are installing does something malicious.

Android and iOS apps

The Google Play and App Store lists applications for your Android or iOS device. These apps claim that they can convert tracks from SoundCloud and YouTube to an mp3.


How to get a song directly from an artist?

This approach requires some time and patience. However, it worked for me before. You can send a direct message to the artist on SoundCloud and ask if you can get a copy of the song. 

Be friendly, tell him or her how much you love the song and why you want it. The majority feels flattered if you explain that you want to use it for an upcoming mix, or are traveling to an exotic place where you don’t have internet. Most artists will feel flattered if you compliment them about their work.

Alternative method


Final thoughts

I hope some of these tips are useful to you and help you get the song you want. Many ways lead to the same result. It is up to you which one you utilize whether you message the artist or go for the alternative routes mentioned in this article. 

Keep in mind that downloading songs and redistribute them can impact the revenue of an artist negatively. Always support your favorite artists so they can do what they do best, make music for people like you.