Easiest way to download SoundCloud songs and playlists
Soundcloud is the place where you can find all things sound. Podcasts, lectures, radio shows, concerts, your favorite music… in all kinds of different variations, thanks to all the music producers out there who want to give a certain song a different spin.
So, sometimes you will find yourself some great tunes that you simply can’t find on Spotify, Google Music, Pandora, Apple music or the likes. In that case you will need to make use of one of the many SoundCloud downloader tools out there to get a copy of a particular audio file onto your computer (some artists will allow you to download their material under a Creative Commons Licence, so make sure not to break any laws).
In this post I will walk you though some tools you might use download any file from SoundCloud.
Using a Chrome extension
If you need to download SoundCloud songs onto your computer, the easiest method by far is using a Chrome extension. It will add an additional button to the SoundCloud interface, which will allow you to download any song with a press of a button. It’s as easy as it gets, folks.
Simply install this SoundCloud downloader Chrome extension, and visit the page with your favorite song and click on Download. The file will start downloading immediately after that, and will be saved in your default downloads folder.
Downloading SoundCloud Playlists
Not only does that extension download individual songs, but can also batch download whole SoundCloud playlists. Using the same method as before, simply visit any playlist page you want and click the magic download button, and all the songs will appear in your que, named and organized into a single folder for that specific playlist.
In case you are not familiar with that tool, Premiumize is a neat service that allows you to download all kinds of safely and anonymously. All you copy and paste links the content of which you want to get into the downloader. That works not only with SoundCloud links, but also with a multitude of other audio & video services and torrents (works on mobile too).
For a guide on how to get yourself an account and set it up, check out our full guide on Premiumize.
On your Android device
Want to listen to your SoundCloud playlist on the go without eating up all your mobile data? Simply go ahead and install SoundLoader for Android.
The app will show you a list of all the songs matching your search parameters, and display a download button for those ones that the artist him/herself allows downloads. However, if you want to get ANY song and you have a little time to spare, check out the video below for a simple explanation how you can use a file manager to access fully cached SoundCloud songs straight from your device.
Pro tip: sync downloaded tracks with Spotify
I use Spotify as my go to music player on mobile as well as when I’m at my desk. However, as I mentioned before, the selection is quite limited when it comes to remixed versions of songs and radio shows. FYI, you can sync your local audio library to Spotify.
For those with Spotify Premium
To go even one step further and make the same songs appear on your mobile device in Spotify, go ahead and open up the desktop app, drag and drop the downloaded files into your default music folder. After waiting for Spotify to refresh the library, you will see that the tracks appear in the Local Files section.
Now all you need to do to access these files on your Spotify mobile app is to create a playlist that you will mark for offline download within the app and adding the local file to that playlist on your desktop PC. After that the audio file will automatically appear on your phone for offline listening!