Today, most people subscribe to a music subscription service to get their hands on the latest tracks from their favorite artists. Services like Rdio and Spotify allow users to enjoy their favorite songs through streaming. SoundCloud is less of a music subscription service and more of a music discovery area and social network. Every day, thousands of members add songs and bits of audio that they simply can’t get anywhere else. When you have an internet connection, it’s great but strictly speaking SoundCloud for iPhone doesn’t allow users to store songs for playback offline later.
To unlock the music you’ve discovered on SoundCloud and save it for later, you’ll need to download a separate app. Here’s how to download music from SoundCloud to your iPhone for listening later.
To be clear, you should definitely consider paying for any song you enjoy listening to on SoundCloud. The only version of SoundCloud allows users to purchase their favorite songs directly from their website. SoundCloud also allows those posting music to let users download them for free. SoundDownloader allows iPhone owners to download music from SoundCloud to their iPhone for offline playback. It’s not possible to move these songs directly to your PC or Mac easily once you’ve downloaded them from your iPhone.
You won’t need the SoundCloud for iPhone app to download music from SoundCloud to your iPhone. Instead, go to the iTunes App Store and pick up SoundDownloader here. It’s completely free to download, but does include In-App purchases.
OpenSoundDownloader from the home screen on your iPhone. If you have more than one page of apps you’ll need to switch to the first home screen with an available slot to find it.
Immediately, you’ll notice is a comprehensive list of what’s popular on SoundCloud at that moment. Tap on the menu button in the top left corner of your screen. A new area should slide out from the left side of your screen.
Tap on the Search bar to look for a specific song or file on SoundCloud. You can also use the Genre breakdowns to see what songs are popular. Trending Music breaks down what people are listening to right now on SoundCloud. iTunes Top 100 is a browsable list of the songs that are popular in Apple’s iTunes Music Store so that you don’t have to jump between the two.
For the purposes of this demonstration we’re looking for songs inspired by the video game Watch Dogs. As such, we’ve entered it into the Search area. Tap on each song to sample it and decide if you like it.
Now tap on the box with the downward arrow in the bottom left former of your screen.
Now press the button at the bottom of your screen that looks like a play button and a playlist. There the songs you’ve downloaded should appear. Now you’ll be able to play them on your own time, whenever you want.
Earlier I indicated that SoundDownloader has in-app purchases. Try to download more than one song from SoundCloud to your iPhone and you’ll run into those In-App purchases pretty quickly. To get more coins and enable more downloads from SoundCloud through SoundDownloader you’ll need to either take advantage of the apps free offers or purchase more coins through your iTunes Store Account. SoundDownloader works well, but you may not be comfortable with that. There are other free apps available in the iTunes Store that allow users to download music from SoundCloud like Music D/L. It doesn’t include In-app purchases, but does include a banner ad and pop-up ads.
You’ll still need the regular SoundCloud app to heart songs and add to your collection on SoundCloud. SoundDownloader does allow you to create playlists with the songs and audio files you’ve stored.