Soundcloud (The Great Tutorial) Just listen to music and upload it

Easily listen to and publish music and podcasts on Soundcloud. In this article, I will explain in detail what you can do with Soundcloud and how everything works.  

First, let’s look at how you can set up Soundcloud and where you can use it all. Then we take a closer look at the interface, where we will also go into detail on how you can listen to content, manage your profile and upload content. Then we’ll also take a look at the premium versions of Soundcloud and take a look at the app. Finally, we will go into the settings.  

1. Set up  

In principle, you can use Soundcloud via the website without registering and listen to music. But as soon as you want to use the app on your smartphone or tablet ( Android / IOS ) or upload your audio files and save and like other people’s tracks, you have to create a free account. You can easily do this on the homepage this using the button of the same name. Here you can easily log in with your Facebook or Google account or with an email address. Then you have to set a password, enter your age and gender, and set a user name. Once you have done all of this, you can confirm your account via your email address and then use all the functions of Soundcloud Free and log into the account on other devices to synchronize your saved songs.  

2. Surface  

The interface of the website is divided into three main areas. In the start area, you will find current recommendations for you such as charts, moods, highlighted artists and albums, and various categories. In the sidebar on the right, you can also see your three most recently played songs and you can also view your entire playback history there. Here you can also delete or filter it completely above. In the “Stream” area you will find all new releases of your followed artists. So you won’t miss any more new content from the people you follow. In the last section “Library” you can manage your music stored on Soundcloud. Here you have an overview of all your different content on the start page. You can also switch directly to your liked songs, create playlists, saved albums, stations and followed people here or in the menu at the top of the library. Here you can select the individual content in each category or remove or unfollow.  

If you click on an artist, you will find yourself on his Soundcloud page, where you can see his name, possibly company, and location with a background picture and a profile picture on the left. Below in the right menu, you can follow or unfollow the person, as well as share them, send a message to the page, and via the three points, block the user or report. You can also create a transmitter at the very front, in which all of the artist’s songs are randomly installed and similar songs are played. On the right side, you can also see the number of people following the artist and how many the artist is following, as well as the number of their uploaded content. Below that there is also an individual description and links to its added websites or social media accounts. Below you can also browse the artist’s followers and see the last comments which were made on a song. On the left side of the artist page, you can also see the current songs of the artist and you can switch to a track, albums, playlist, or reposts section only. You can like any song, album, or playlist using the heart and add it to your library. You can use the loop symbol to repost the selected content on your page or use the symbol next to it to easily share it on other social media platforms. You can also click on individual songs, albums, and playlists where you will get all the relevant information on one page. Like more information about a song, like its comments, Discover the artist as a profile picture and on the right side similar content or the current song in playlists. You can also write a comment directly under a song and add that to a certain point in the song and the song in addition to the standard functions via the three-point menu to your playlist or station or download it if the artist allows it. On the right edge, you can also see the number of views as well as the likes and reposts. In a playlist overview, you can also see the number of tracks at the top and how long the complete playlist is. Below you can see all the songs about which a description from the playlist may be available. Albums are structured in the same way. At the top of the Soundcloud menu, you can also sort all content by songs, artists, albums, and co. Search using the search function and then upgrade directly to a premium subscription if you don’t have one, but more on that later. On the right-hand side, you can also upload your tracks and see your profile name with profile picture, which you can also click to open your profile, as well as to get directly to your likes, stations, followers, and tracks. On the right edge, you have your notifications and messages that people have written to you via your artist page. Via the three-point menu on the far right, you can find all the important information about Soundcloud, where you can also manage your subscriptions and settings at the bottom and log out with your current account. On the right-hand side, you can also upload your tracks and see your profile name with profile picture, which you can also click to open your profile, as well as to get directly to your likes, stations, followers, and tracks. On the right edge, you have your notifications and messages that people have written to you via your artist page. Via the three-point menu on the far right, you can find all the important information about Soundcloud, where you can also manage your subscriptions and settings at the bottom and log out with your current account. On the right-hand side, you can also upload your tracks and see your profile name with profile picture, which you can also click to open your profile, as well as to get directly to your likes, stations, followers, and tracks. On the right edge, you have your notifications and messages that people have written to you via your artist page. Via the three-point menu on the far right, you can find all the important information about Soundcloud, where you can also manage your subscriptions and settings at the bottom and log out with your current account. On the right edge, you have your notifications and messages that people have written to you via your artist page. Via the three-point menu on the far right, you can find all the important information about Soundcloud, where you can also manage your subscriptions and settings at the bottom and log out with your current account. On the right edge, you have your notifications and messages that people have written to you via your artist page. Via the three-point menu on the far right, you can find all the important information about Soundcloud, where you can also manage your subscriptions and settings at the bottom and log out with your current account.  

3. The player

  

If you have started a song, album, or playlist, this content will be played at the bottom of the player. Here you can jump to the previous or next song on the far right or pause or continue the current song in the middle. You can also start random playback and activate a playlist or song repetition. Next to that, you have the timeline of the song where you can see where you are and you can click into the timeline to fast forward. On the right edge, you can also play the current content on a compatible streaming device, if something like this is available to you, and adjust the volume. Next to it, you can see the cover of the song, as well as the title and the artist above. On the far right, you can like or unlike the song and open your playlist where you can see which songs will be played next and you can also remove individual songs from the list using the X or change the order using drag and drop. You can also add a new song to your playlist on the track page and it will then be added. On the track page of the current song, you can also see the progress of the timeline and what is a super cool and unique feature here is that you always get comments from other users if they have commented on a certain point in the song that you just made hear. That makes the experience a lot more interesting.  

4. Manage profile  

As soon as you have set up an account with Soundcloud, you also have your profile or artist page, which you can access in the menu under your profile name> Profile. This looks exactly like the page of any other artist, only that you can of course edit everything yourself on your page. Here you can click on the profile picture to change it or add a background picture in the upper right corner. Under the background image, you can also manage your sidebar description via Edit, as well as your links and your display name, and your profile URL. You can also enter your full name and location again separately. Back on your profile page you can of course also see all your uploaded tracks, albums, public playlists, and reposts, as well as other users, see it on your Soundcloud account. Remember that on your profile it is also visible which artists you follow on Soundcloud but not which tracks you have all liked.  

5. Upload music  

Of course, in addition to your artist page, you can also upload your songs, albums, and the like. To do this, simply click on “Upload” in the menu at the top and then select an audio file from your computer that should be uploaded. FLAC, WAV, ALAC, or AIFF audio files are recommended for the best possible audio quality, but of course, you can also upload MP3 files, but no videos, e.g. like mp4. Before you upload, you can determine in advance whether the track should be public and if you upload several files at the same time, they will all be added to a common playlist. Once you have started the upload, you can add all the information to your track. Here you can upload a cover on the left and select the title and the song URL on the right. You can also add a genre, tags, and description. The latter two points are very important to be found on Soundcloud, so try adding appropriate terms to your track here. At the bottom, you can then decide whether the song should be public or private. As a premium member, you can also plan songs here. In the metadata area, you can enter further information about the track, such as artist, album, purchase link, release date, record label, and much more that is important for the findability and distribution of your song. But you also have to say that all of this information is optional and if you can’t fill in everything, that’s okay too. Finally, under Permissions, you can also specify whether the song can be downloaded by users, as well as being heard offline, embedded, playable in the app, and not supposed to be in your RSS feed. As a premium member, you also have other options here. Remember that you should only upload tracks to which you have the respective rights. If you do not have this, in extreme cases you may be excluded from the Soundcloud platform. As a free Soundcloud user, you can upload up to 180 minutes of audio material free of charge. You can of course edit all uploaded tracks in your profile overview using the button of the same name. Remember that you should only upload tracks to which you have the respective rights. If you do not have this, in extreme cases you may be excluded from the Soundcloud platform. As a free Soundcloud user, you can upload up to 180 minutes of audio material free of charge. You can of course edit all uploaded tracks in your profile overview using the button of the same name. Remember that you should only upload tracks to which you have the respective rights. If you do not have this, in extreme cases you may be excluded from the Soundcloud platform. As a free Soundcloud user, you can upload up to 180 minutes of audio material free of charge. You can of course edit all uploaded tracks in your profile overview using the button of the same name. 

 

6. Soundcloud Go & Pro  

As already mentioned, there are also premium versions of Soundcloud. Here you have to differentiate between SoundCloud Pro, which is intended for artists, and SoundCloud Go, which is intended for SoundCloud users. Soundcloud Go is available for € 5.99 per month with which you can listen to all songs completely ad-free on Soundcloud and add any number of songs in the app for offline playback, more on that later. In addition to Soundcloud Go, there is also Go + for € 9.99 per month, where you also have access to all tracks in full length and better audio quality. You can test the latter subscription for 30 days free of charge and as a student, you get it for half the price, which would then also be cheaper than the standard Go variant. You can only test it for 7 days for free. Does the price seem too high for the features? With these subscriptions, Soundcloud is mostly about supporting the various artists with the money they receive through the Go Premium variants.  

As an artist, it is also worth taking a look at the Soundcloud Pro variants, where there are also two different ones. So you can get Soundcloud Pro for € 5.25 a month with an annual payment or € 7 per month with a monthly payment. Here you can upload up to 6 hours of audio material, as well as see extended statistics on your content, as well as set up an individual spotlight area on your profile page and activate the so-called “silent mode” during the upload so that your song cannot be commented on. The application on Soundcloud Premier is also possible with a Pro subscription, with which you can earn money by monetizing your songs and distribute your songs on all major music services. Finally, you can also replace an already uploaded track with a new one without losing the statistics from the old one. For three euros more per month you can also get Soundcloud Pro Unlimited where you pay 8.25 € per month for annual payments and 11 € per month for monthly payments. Here you have the same functions as with the standard Pro version. Only your upload quota is unlimited and only limited to a file size per song of a maximum of 4 GB or 6 hours and 45 minutes. In addition, you can also book the Soundcloud Go + subscription for € 4.99 instead of € 9.99 per month in combination. Here you have the same functions as with the standard Pro version. Only your upload quota is unlimited and only limited to a file size per song of a maximum of 4 GB or 6 hours and 45 minutes. In addition, you can also book the Soundcloud Go + subscription for € 4.99 instead of € 9.99 per month in combination. Here you have the same functions as with the standard Pro version. Only your upload quota is unlimited and only limited to a file size per song of a maximum of 4 GB or 6 hours and 45 minutes. In addition, you can also book the Soundcloud Go + subscription for € 4.99 instead of € 9.99 per month in combination. 

 

7. App  

Let’s take a quick look at the app for your smartphone or tablet ( Android / IOS). To be able to use this you have to log in with your Soundcloud account. If you have done this successfully, you will find yourself on the start page, which is equivalent in structure to the website. At the bottom of the menu, you can also switch directly to your stream, search, and library, and if you click on a song the player opens, which has the same functions as on the web, which we already discussed earlier. The only thing that is special about the app is that with a Soundcloud Go subscription you can also download it from the overview page of a playlist or album so that you can listen to it offline without an internet connection. You can also take out the SoundCloud Go subscription directly in the app in the last area. In your library, you will also find an extra area for your downloaded content where you can also manage it. At the top-right edge of the app, you can always connect directly to a compatible streaming device and in the library area, you can also call up your public profile and make settings for this. For artists at Soundcloud, there is also the Soundcloud Pulse app, where you can also upload and edit songs directly via the app, as well as manage comments and statistics. We won’t look at this app in this article. For artists at Soundcloud, there is also the Soundcloud Pulse app, where you can also upload and edit songs directly via the app, as well as manage comments and statistics. We won’t look at this app in this article. For artists, at Soundcloud, there is also the Soundcloud Pulse app where you can upload and edit songs directly via the app as well as manage comments and statistics. We won’t look at this app in this article.  

8. Settings  

Finally, let’s take a look at the settings of your Soundcloud account. You can find this on the web via the three-point menu at the top and in the app in the library via your profile picture. On the web under Account, you can manage all your connected social networks, as well as your e-mail address, date of birth, your connected applications and, at the bottom, delete your account. Under Content, you can display your RSS feed and make settings for it. Under “Notifications” you can specify exactly which news you should be notified about by email or app. With streaming, you can change the audio quality if you have a premium subscription and under data protection specify whether everyone is allowed to send you a message, and manage blocked users from you. Under “Notifications, Analytics and Advertising ”you can still determine whether Soundcloud may use your data to better personalize its content for you and to improve its service itself over time. In the app, you can clear the cache under “Basic Settings” and deactivate the comments in the timeline of a song. All the other areas are the same as in the web applications, only under Downloads, you can manage the download quality as well as the storage location of the songs and the downloaded songs themselves if you have a premium subscription. In the app, you can clear the cache under “Basic Settings” and deactivate the comments in the timeline of a song. All the other areas are the same as in the web applications, only under Downloads, you can manage the download quality as well as the storage location of the songs and the downloaded songs themselves if you have a premium subscription. In the app, you can clear the cache under “Basic Settings” and deactivate the comments in the timeline of a song. All the other areas are the same as in the web applications, only under Downloads, you can manage the download quality as well as the storage location of the songs and the downloaded songs themselves if you have a premium subscription.