SoundCloud Review

Discover new free music from up-and-coming artists

SoundCloud is the best music streaming website to stay on top of new and upcoming artists. Users from around the globe can upload their own audio files and songs for you to listen to at no cost.

Once you start playing something, you can navigate around SoundCloud's website but still control the playback from the pop-up media player always shown at the bottom of the website. If you tell SoundCloud what music you like, it will gather new content in the Discover section of your account.

SoundCloud website
What We Like
  • Constant, fresh uploads.

  • Scrubbing support means you can move back and forth through songs.

  • Listen without a user account.

  • App has a minimalist design and is very simple to use.

  • Your account can be used from more than one device at once.

What We Don't Like
  • Playlists are limited to 500 tracks.

  • Free users stream standard quality audio.

  • Ads sometimes play between songs.

In addition to being used through a web browser, SoundCloud works via mobile apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. See the SoundCloud on Mobile page for download links.

See our Best Free Music Apps list for even more ways you can stream music from your mobile device.

More Information on SoundCloud

  • You can find music using the Charts page to quickly locate the top 50 songs as well as what's new and hot in various countries
  • New music can also be found through genres such as Dancehall, Disco, Ambient, Country, Alternative Rock, Metal, Indie, Classical, Dubstep, Trance, World, Deep House, and others
  • Sign up with your email address or your Facebook, Google, or Apple account
  • When searching for tracks, you can filter them by when they were uploaded, the length, and the license (so you can find ones that are free to use commercially or just to listen to)
  • Custom playlists can be built
  • Songs you "like" are collected together for you to access again
  • The number of times a song has been played and liked are shown below each post on SoundCloud's website
  • You're able to follow other SoundCloud users to stay up to date on their new uploads
  • There are podcasts you can listen to as well
  • A repeat button lets you play the same track over and over
  • Uploaders can share an RSS feed so that others can subscribe to new uploads
  • The site recommends users to follow based on your listening activity and the tracks you've liked
  • Listeners can leave comments on tracks
  • You can share what you're listening to with others over social media sites and email
  • Keyboard shortcuts (via the H key) let you quickly control playback on the desktop site

Our Thoughts on SoundCloud

SoundCloud is a really neat idea because it provides a place for new artists to share their music but also for the rest of us to find new and interesting sounds and songs to stream.

We really enjoy using the mobile app. Listening, searching, and saving music was a breeze. There are only a few buttons on the bottom of the screen for finding your home page, streaming new music, searching for tracks, and accessing your playlists.

When logged in, the home page for SoundCloud shows the latest posts made by the people you're following, which is a great way to start using the site because you can instantly see updates from the people you're interested in.