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‘.
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.
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.
|Service||Anything2MP3||SoundCloud to MP3 Downloader||SoundCloud Downloader||SoundCloud to MP3 Converter||MP3Fiber||Vubey||Download My Sound||SoundCloud-to-MP3||MP3Fy|
+ Easy to Use
+ Multiple Sites Supported
|+ Easy to Use|
+ Support for Long Tracks
|+ Easy to Use|
+ 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 |
-No Additional Site Support
|-No Additional Site Support|
|- Generic Site Design|
-No Support for Long Tracks
-No Additional Features
|-Sketchy Site Support|
-No Supported Sites
|-Poor MP4 Functionality||-Not Much to Say Against MP3Fy|
What It Is: Anything2MP3 is a fully functional SoundCloud AND YouTube to MP3 Converter and Downloader.
- 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.
- Presentation: Don’t expect this website to appear very fancy, as it uses a very plain, generic site.
What It Is: SoundCloud to MP3 promises to deliver “high-quality” MP3 files of your SoundCloud links at a solid 320 kbps.
- 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.
- 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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
What It Is: Formerly known as LinktoMP3, this converter and downloader (once again) promises high-quality MP3s.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Speedy: This service will convert your SoundCloud files into MP3s relatively quickly.
- Poor MP4 Functionality: This service promises MP4 and MP4HD output, but you will need to download an additional file to do so.
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.
- 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.
- There’s not much to say against this site. It’s clean and speedy.
What It Is: SC Downloader Net appears like most downloader on this list and (once again) promises high-quality MP3s.
- 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.
- 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.