How to download SoundCloud songs for free

By The IFTTT Team

March 06, 2024

  • Soundcloud is a popular music streaming platform that allows users to discover and share music from a diverse range of artists. As opposed to streaming giants such as Spotify and Apple Music, SoundCloud focuses on a more niche crowd, allowing anyone to upload music so they can discover their next favorite underground tunes.

    While the platform offers a wide selection of songs, there may be times when you want to download a song for offline listening or to add to your personal music collection. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to download SoundCloud songs using the app or a SoundCloud downloader. We'll finish by introducing IFTTT, our free automation platform that can help you streamline your listening experience by automatically downloading or organizing SoundCloud tracks with the click of a button.

    Why bother downloading songs from SoundCloud?


    You may be wondering if it is even worth downloading songs off of SoundCloud in the first place. After all, you can just listen to them on SoundCloud. However, in reality, there are many reasons why people all over the world choose to download songs. Here are just a few:

    Offline Listening: Downloading songs allows you to listen to them even when you don't have an internet connection. This is useful for times when you're traveling or in areas with poor network coverage.

    Access to Unavailable Content: Sometimes, artists may remove their songs from SoundCloud or make them available only for a limited time. By downloading the songs, you ensure that you have access to them even after they're taken down.

    Personal Collection: Some users like to maintain a collection of their favorite songs on their devices for easy access. Downloading from SoundCloud allows them to add these songs to their libraries.

    Remixes and Unofficial Releases: SoundCloud is often used by artists to share remixes, covers, and other unofficial releases. If you enjoy these versions of songs, downloading them ensures you can listen to them whenever you want.

    Quality: Depending on your internet connection, streaming quality on SoundCloud may vary. Downloading songs ensures consistent audio quality, especially if you prefer higher bitrates.

    Backup: Having downloaded copies of your favorite songs serves as a backup in case the original tracks are lost or removed from SoundCloud for any reason.

    How to download SoundCloud songs from the app

    Note; SoundCloud does have a native feature that allows you to download songs, however, there are two caveats:

    • You can only download songs on the SoundCloud desktop application, webpage, or mobile app if you have If you would like to download songs on iPhone or Android, you will have to pay for SoundCloud Go+, priced at $10 per month.
    • Songs can only be downloaded if they are marked as "downloadable" by the artist. Some songs are not marked as such.

    Here are the steps you should take to download songs off of the desktop app or webpage:

    1. Log In: Open the SoundCloud desktop application or visit the SoundCloud website in your web browser. Log in to your account if you haven't already done so.

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    2. Find the Song: Search for the song you want to download using the search bar or browse through your feed, playlists, or artist profiles to find it.

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    3. Check Download Availability: Make sure that the song you want to download is marked as "downloadable" by the artist. Not all songs on SoundCloud are available for download, and it's up to the artist to enable this option.

    4. Download the Song: Once you've found a downloadable song, look for the download button or option. In the desktop application, this is usually represented by an arrow pointing downward. On the website, it might be labeled as "Download" or represented by a downward arrow icon.

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    5. Choose Download Quality (Optional): Some platforms allow you to choose the audio quality of the downloaded file. If this option is available, select your preferred quality before initiating the download.

    6. Wait for Download to Complete: The song will start downloading to your device. The time it takes to download will depend on your internet connection speed and the size of the file.

    7. Access Downloaded Songs: Once the download is complete, you can access the downloaded song through your device's file manager or the media player application of your choice.

    Downloading songs using a SoundCloud MP3 downloader


    The first step to downloading Soundcloud songs is to choose a reliable Soundcloud downloader. There are many options available online, but it is important to choose one that is safe and easy to use. Some popular options include Soundcloud to MP3, Soundcloud Downloader, and KlickAud. These websites allow you to enter the URL of the Soundcloud song you want to download and convert it into an MP3 file that you can save to your device.

    Find the song you want to download

    Once you have chosen a Soundcloud downloader, the next step is to find the song you want to download. You can do this by searching for the song on Soundcloud or by using the direct link to the song. Once you have found the song, copy the URL from the address bar.

    Paste the URL into the Soundcloud downloader

    Go to the Soundcloud downloader website and paste the URL of the song into the designated box. Make sure to double-check the URL to ensure it is correct. Then, click on the "Download" or "Convert" button to start the conversion process.

    Download the MP3 file

    After the conversion process is complete, the Soundcloud downloader will provide you with a download link for the MP3 file. Click on the link to download the file to your device. Depending on your browser settings, the file may automatically download or you may be prompted to choose a location to save the file.

    Enjoy your downloaded Soundcloud song

    Once the download is complete, you can now enjoy your downloaded Soundcloud song. You can listen to it offline or add it to your personal music collection. You can also use the same steps to download multiple songs from SoundCloud.

    Tips for using a Soundcloud downloader


    When using a SoundCloud downloader, whether it's a website or an app, here are some tips to keep in mind:

    • Ensure legality: Make sure you're downloading content that you have the legal right to download. Only download songs that are marked as downloadable by the artist or are available for free download. Stick to well-known and reputable SoundCloud downloader websites or apps. Avoid downloading from unknown or suspicious sources to mitigate the risk of malware or other security issues.
    • Check for malware: Before downloading any files, ensure that your antivirus software is up to date and perform a scan on the downloader website or app to ensure it's safe to use.
    • Respect artists' rights: Respect the rights of the artists whose music you're downloading. If a song is not marked as downloadable by the artist, consider reaching out to them directly to inquire about obtaining permission to download the song.
    • Be cautious with personal information: Exercise caution when providing personal information to SoundCloud downloaders. Avoid sharing sensitive information such as your email address, passwords, or payment details unless you're using a trusted and secure platform.
    • Read user reviews: Before using a SoundCloud downloader, take the time to read user reviews and feedback to gauge the reliability and performance of the downloader. Look for reviews that mention ease of use, download speed, and overall satisfaction.

    Downloading SoundCloud songs with IFTTT

    What if we told you that there is a solution that can automate the process of downloading SoundCloud songs for you? Enter IFTTT (If This, Then That), our free automation platform that allows you to create applets to connect different services and devices.

    By setting up an applet that triggers the download of any new track on SoundCloud to a specified location on your device or cloud storage, you can effortlessly build your music library without manual intervention. Simply like a track on SoundCloud, and let IFTTT take care of the rest, ensuring you never miss adding your favorite songs to your collection.

    Read on to learn more about our mission, and to hear our top picks for SoundCloud automations.

    What is IFTTT?

    IFTTT is our free web-based service and mobile app designed to boost productivity by automating tasks. It works by creating connections between popular apps and services, allowing them to work together seamlessly.

    The basic idea behind IFTTT is to create "applets" or sets of instructions that trigger when certain conditions are met. This can be turning on the lights automatically when you enter your house, for example.

    Founded in 2011, IFTTT has been used by over 25 million individuals to automate both business and home tasks, saving time and increasing efficiency. It's commonly used to connect disparate services and systems, making all products and services work well together in a way that instills user confidence. Best of all, it's free and only takes a couple of minutes to set up.

    Top SoundCloud Applets with IFTTT

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    Automatically sync your Spotify saved tracks to your SoundCloud

    Forget manually switching songs from playlist to playlist. With this Applet, save a track on Spotify to automatically add it to your liked tracks on Soundcloud.

    Download new SoundCloud songs you like to Dropbox

    Now, you won't even have to think about tapping the download button! With this Applet, you will automatically download a SoundCloud song to MP3 in Dropbox just by liking it.

    Call your IFTTT number to leave a voicemail and it will upload as a private track

    This fascinating Applet is perfect for phone poetry, random freestyles, love letters for later, thoughtless thoughts, and making mp3s! Simply call the number, say whatever needed, and have it saved to your private SoundCloud account.

    To enable these Applets and millions more (yes, millions), try IFTTT today for 100% free!