How to Download from SoundCloud for Offline Listening

Today we're taking a look at the Top 10 Best SoundCloud to MP3 Downloaders

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Want to know how to download from SoundCloud for easy, offline access?  Here are three easy ways to download MP3s.

Despite its inherent flaws and those spelling its doom, SoundCloud doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.  But streaming on SoundCloud can get expensive on your mobile phone.  And if you don’t have a connection, it’s impossible.

So here are a bunch of options for downloading tracks of offline access.  You’ll always have access to your favorite tracks, and avoid expensive data charges.

Option 1: Directly download MP3s from SoundCloud (where available).

A lot of DJs, artists, and podcasters allow you to download their music for free.  Sometimes these tracks have ‘free download’ in the title, but many times they are not.  The easy way to check if there’s an easy download is to click ‘More‘ then ‘Download‘.

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Option 2: Download the track from iTunes.

Sometimes, the artist will require you to pay for the track on iTunes, instead of offering a free download.  Here’s an example.

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Option 3: Use a SoundCloud to MP3 stream-ripper.

Sometimes, neither download option is enabled even though the track is royalty free.  For this, there are a myriad of different SoundCloud to MP3 streaming converters.

So who are the biggest services to convert and download tracks from SoundCloud to MP3?

For this list, I’ve used a link to an unnamed, non-copyrighted SoundCloud file uploaded by myself.  As always, we do warn Digital Music News readers against downloading any material that is not royalty-free.  Therefore, the sole responsibility lies on you on how to implement each service.

We’ve broken down these sites by their pros and cons.  Below, you’ll find a lot more detail on the leading SoundCloud to MP3 converters.

ServiceAnything2MP3SoundCloud to MP3 DownloaderSoundCloud DownloaderSoundCloud to MP3 ConverterMP3FiberVubeyDownload My SoundSoundCloud-to-MP3MP3Fy 
Pros+ Functionality
+ Easy to Use
+ Multiple Sites Supported
+ Easy to Use
+ Support for Long Tracks
+ Easy to Use
+ Speedy
+ Chrome Extension
+Easy to Use+ Fresh Site Design
+ Multiple Site Support
+ Multiple Site Support
+ Great Site Design
+ Multiple Site Support
+Easy to Use+Very Speedy Service+Easy to Use
+Multiple Site Support
Cons-Presentation-Long Wait Time
-Misleading
-No Additional Site Support
-No Additional Site Support
-Generic Site
- Generic Site Design
-No Support for Long Tracks
-Misleading
-No Additional Features
-Error Messages
-Poor Functionality
-Sketchy Site Support
-Misleading
-Error Messages
-No Supported Sites
-Poor MP4 Functionality-Not Much to Say Against MP3Fy
GradeB+CB-D-FC-D-D+A

Anything2Mp3

What It Is: Anything2MP3 is a fully functional SoundCloud AND YouTube to MP3 Converter and Downloader.

The Pros:

  • Functionality: This site functions with your SoundCloud AND YouTube files, so if you need quick retrieval, you’re able to do it.
  • Ease of use: The quick search box is in the middle of the page. You just paste your link and click on the box, and in less than two minutes, you’re able to retrieve your file.
  • Supported sites: For those who have their media uploaded on multiple sites, you’ll find Anything2MP3 supports content for SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, Vimeo, and 13 more popular media sites.

The Cons:

  • Presentation: Don’t expect this website to appear very fancy, as it uses a very plain, generic site.

Grade: B+

SoundCloud to MP3 Downloader

What It IsSoundCloud to MP3 promises to deliver “high-quality” MP3 files of your SoundCloud links at a solid 320 kbps.

The Pros:

  • Ease of Use: Like the other websites on this list, a simple search box near the top of the page makes it easy to download your own media.
  • Support for Long Songs: SoundCloud MP3 lets you download your own songs that are up to 2 hours long.

The Cons:

  • Wait Time: After pressing Enter or clicking on the “Download MP3” button, you will have to wait.
  • Misleading: As pointed out by our users, no, you’re not able to get “high-quality” downloads, as SoundCloud limits your sound files to 128kbps.
  • No Additional Site Support: SoundCloud to MP3 sticks only with SoundCloud, making this a very lonely experience.

Grade: C-

SoundCloud Downloader

What It Is: Like SoundCloud to MP3 Downloader, this downloader promises to present you with 2 choices for your download: 128 kbps or 320 kbps (which users have clearly pointed out is a faulty promise).

The Pros:

  • Ease of Use: You guessed it. Just another simple-to-use text box that will have you pasting your link and pressing Enter.
  • Speedy: SoundCloud Downloader works pretty fast, converting your file into a downloadable MP3 in less than 1 minute.
  • Chrome Extension: SoundCloud Downloader offers their very own Chrome extension, SoundCloud Chrome Downloader for faster downloading without having to go to the site.

The Cons:

  • No Additional Site Support: This website only supports downloading from SoundCloud.
  • Generic: Besides the Chrome extension, there are no additional features to be found here, with the main website looking like every other site.

Grade: B-

SoundCloud to MP3 Converter

What It Is: Formerly known as LinktoMP3, this converter and downloader (once again) promises high-quality MP3s.

The Pros:

  • Ease of Use: Expect to find the same functionality that is found on just about any other website. Paste your link in the search box and then you’ll have your downloadable file.

The Cons:

  • Generic: Generic, generic, generic. There’s no fresh website design here.
  • No Support for Long Tracks: There isn’t any support for long SoundCloud files, instead keeping you on the “Waiting…” page for a very long time, despite promising support for songs up to 2 hours.
  • Misleading: Once again, there aren’t any high-quality MP3s. Expect to receive your SoundCloud files in standard 128kbps.
  • No Additional Features: SoundCloud-only here, dear reader.

Grade: D

MP3Fiber

What It Is: MP3Fiber lets you download MP3s and videos from a variety of services: SoundCloud, YouTube, DailyMotion, Facebook, VK, Vimeo, Metacafe, AOL, and Instagram.

The Pros:

  • Fresh Design: It’s amazing what a few images will do, as MP3Fiber looks much better than the previous sites.
  • Supported Sites: MP3Fiber promises support for your media file on SoundCloud, VK, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Facebook, Metacafe, AOL, and even Instagram.
  • Multiple Format Support: MP3Fiber also promises output in .webm, .mp4, .aac, .m4a, .flv, .3gp, and .mp3 in 128kb, 256kb, and 320kb.

The Cons:

  • Spotty Error Messages: Downloading outside of SoundCloud? Be prepared to face an error message.
  • Poor Functionality: It doesn’t matter how many sites you can download from, or how many different output options you have available. If you get error messages when downloading your own files, it’s just not worth using.
  • Misleading: Once again, only 128kbps is available for your MP3 file.

Grade: D-

 

 Vubey

What It Is: Unlike other downloaders, Vubey certainly has website presentation locked down. This site promises to let you download files from over 400 different sites. Yet under the supported sites section of the webpage, you’ll only see supported listed for YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Facebook.

The Pros:

  • A Really Good Design: Vubey arguably still brings the same ease of use found in other websites, but it has a wonderful backdrop.
  • Multiple Site Support: Vubey boasts support for your media files in over 400 sites.

The Cons:

  • Sketchy Site Support: Vubey’s boast is limited to only a handful of known sites.
  • Misleading: Yet once again, MP3s can only be downloaded in 128kbps.

Grade: C-

Download My Sound

What It Is: Download My Sound is yet another standard SoundCloud-only downloader. There’s no video support here, but it knows exactly what you want.

The Pros:

  • Ease of Use: Once again, we find yet another SoundCloud to MP3 service that lets you back-up your files by just pasting the link on the search box.

The Cons:

  • Error Messages: Be prepared to receive the following error message for any of your SoundCloud files: “Unable to download this video file. Please make sure that the link is valid and that we support this video portal.
  • No Supported Sites: This service is only available for your SoundCloud files.

Grade: D-

SoundCloud-to-MP3

What It Is: If you’re feeling blue, SoundCloud-to-MP3 lets you download your SoundCloud link in either MP3, MP4 (if available), or MP4 HD.

The Pros:

  • Speedy: This service will convert your SoundCloud files into MP3s relatively quickly.

The Cons:

  • Poor MP4 Functionality: This service promises MP4 and MP4HD output, but you will need to download an additional file to do so.

Grade: D+

MP3Fy

What It Is: MP3Fy strongly believes in the KISS principle developed by the U.S. Navy back in the 60s. You get your standard MP3, and that’s about it.

The Pros:

  • Ease of Use: There aren’t additional unnecessary options as a few that we’ve found on our list. You paste your link, you wait half-a-minute, and you get your file.
  • Support For Multiple Sites: For the user who’s got their media file in different sites, MP3Fy promises support for over a thousand sites.

The Cons:

  • There’s not much to say against this site. It’s clean and speedy.

Grade: A

SC Downloader Net

What It Is: SC Downloader Net appears like most downloader on this list and (once again) promises high-quality MP3s.

The Pros:

  • Quick Conversions: Yes, SC Downloader does have very speedy turnover times, with you just pasting the link, and SC Downloader’s conversion tools getting to work rather quickly.

The Cons:

  • Spotty Functionality: Yes, you will have to forcibly enter https:// with your link. You’ll also have to manually right click and select “Save Link As” as opposed to the other sites.

Grade: D-

12 Responses

  1. doktor audio

    soundcloud stores the original uploaded file behind their firewalls, in the original format that it was uploaded in, in case the owner wants to make it available for direct download. however, they have every single upload converted to a generic 128kb mp3 for public playback, and that is the only accessible file with third-party-downloaders.

    you can blow that up to whatever you like, but it’s not going to give you back the original. furthermore, when people initially upload say a 256kb mp3, that one gets converted to 128 with significant loss of data. as a sound engineer, I would not advise anyone to download such files.

    that information right there was actually worth more than the whole article above. despite most people do not care about mp3 artifacts.

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    • Anonymous

      A sound engineer can easily tell the difference between 128kb and 256kb. However, most users aren’t sound engineers, and for them, 128kb is perfectly acceptable.

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  2. Anonymous

    So… your publishing an article that gives people instructions on how to turn a (possibly) legal interactive stream into a pirated permanent download. While publishing this article is perfectly legal, I’m inclined to think this may be in bad form, considering that your readers are primarily industry folks who are trying to curb piracy. A better article would be about the existence of such tools, and the impact they are having on the industry. I don’t want to come down on you guys too hard, just trying to give some helpful advice is all.

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  3. Ari Herstand
    Ari Herstand

    How is this different from Google linking to the Pirate Bay?

    “As always, we do warn Digital Music News readers against downloading any copyrighted material.”

    All material on SoundCloud is copyrighted. Period. Once something is in a fixed form it’s copyrighted. If an artist is licensing their song to SoundCloud (even if they are DIY) and don’t have the downloader enabled you are going against that artist’s wishes (and the law) by downloading the song. Artists put songs on SoundCloud to stream and then point people to Bandcamp or iTunes to download. Confused at what purpose you foresee these downloaders being used for besides pirating.

    As an artist who puts up unfinished unreleased demos on SoundCloud to share with my inner circle I would feel extremely violated if they downloaded the demo. By not only showcasing that these (illegal) downloaders exist, but mentioning them by name and linking to them is no better than Google displaying Pirate Bay links in search results. Actually, it’s worse because you just informed people that this is possible (who may not have known or thought to look).

    I understand people use these against artist’s wishes. But why are you condoning it?

    What’s the point of this article?

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    • Anonymous

      The only thing I can think of is that by pointing these tools out, if such tools are not in compliance with the DMCA (by allowing users to bypass copyright protections), then perhaps someone who reads this article can take steps to take them down. The problem is, the article doesn’t mention anything about that, and seems to be actually encouraging the use of these tools. Therefore, the article is really doing more harm than good.

      I do think this issue is newsworthy, as this is a real problem in the industry these days (particularly with respect to YouTube). But, perhaps it can be presented a bit differently.

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      • Paul Resnikoff
        Paul Resnikoff

        Thrilled that this is starting a discussion.

        Music industry heavyweights like the IFPI and RIAA decry the stream-rippers, but they didn’t even know they existed until MusicWatch and DMN started pointing them out. Others, including Breitbart, started covering this growing area.

        So let’s turn over this rock, shall we?

        We were one of the first to report on Aurous, the ‘Popcorn Time for Music’. Here’s what happened to them.

        http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2015/12/09/breaking-aurous-the-popcorn-time-for-music-settles-lawsuit-for-3-million/

        So Ari, I’d ask why RIAA’s CEO is making $2 mln a year, and there are 10, 100s, maybe even 1,000s of giant Soundcloud to MP3 apps thriving. Have any of these been taken down?

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        • Anonymous

          Alright, now we’re talking. I don’t know too much about it, but my guess is getting these apps taken down is easier said than done, and the app makers aren’t likely to take them down (and forego whatever ad revenue they make through these apps) without a fight. I’d look into the various challenges involved with removing such apps, what the RIAA is doing, and what Google/SoundCloud are doing (if anything).

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        • Ari Herstand
          Ari Herstand

          Yes, but linking to these sites increases their SEO. So why is DMN condoning it? It’s one thing to report on it and even mention their names with the hopes of getting them removed. It’s another to blatantly point people directly there with links with a manual on how and why to use them.

          This story is not “look at this, it’s bad and should be removed,” it’s “look at these great apps. Here are the best and how to use them. Go use them ‘for convenience, bro.”

          So Daniel, I challenge you. What is the “uncopyrighted song” you speak of? Because, unless you downloaded your own upload (which I doubt you did, otherwise you would have said ‘I downloaded my own upload’) it IS copyrighted. And unless you got explicit permission from the copyright owner, you’re admitting to a crime. Now, the RIAA is done prosecuting individuals illegally downloading mp3s – we’re way past that as an industry – and frankly, IDGAF if individuals download illegally, I take issue that you posted an instructional manual on how to do it.

          Not to mention, this entire article is flawed. SoundCloud converts all files to 128kbps, so even if you select other bitrates, you’re making a copy of a copy. Your final download will be shitty quality no matter what. You can’t magically increase the quality just because you select 320kbps.

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          • Daniel Adrian Sanchez
            Daniel Adrian Sanchez

            You hit the nail right on the head with my uncopyrighted file. If you’d like, I can go right ahead and add that in.

  4. Versus

    It is important that you report on this problem, but why are you providing links to the software and instructions? It gives the impression that you are promoting these theft tools.

    If Soundcloud uploaders want others to download their work, they can choose to allow downloads on a per-file basis. These softwares violate the right of creators to control how their own work is used and distributed.

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    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      Actually, that remains a legal debate. Let’s just say that youtube-mp3.org is a tougher opponent than the industry thinks. Those industry lawyers better have their A-game on, or they’ll lose (again), and open a massive precendent in favor of stream rippers.

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