SoundCloud is so far the best offline music streaming service I have come across. I have been a user of SoundCloud App since 2013, and I can say it has never put me down. I’ve been able to find almost all the songs I wanted to listen to.
SoundCloud came as a competitor of some other music-based social networking and streaming websites such as Jamendo, PureVolume, NoiseTrade. But, it surpassed them easily to become competitors of Apple Music and Spotify.
Since the beginning, SoundCloud has been in the news for some or the other thing. From funding to piracy, to users complaining of their music put down, to launching a subscription-based ad-free streaming service, they’ve seen it all.
Considering that point, I can say it is one of those apps which is going to stay for long in the music industry. If it doesn’t, I’d be disheartened.
However, in this SoundCloud Review, we will rate it on parameters of:
- Website or App UI
- Music Library
- Music Quality
Website or App User-Interface
Since the beginning, folks at SoundCloud made sure to have a unique UI for their app and site. The apps that came in the early 2010s had a lousy UI, even the smartphones we used did not have a great hardware to support.
Even today, I like the SoundCloud’s music player with waveforms, the playlists feature, liking a track to save it in your profile.
Now, to stream any song online, you don’t need to create an account. However, if you want to save the song by liking it, or you’d like to create a playlist (which you must), I suggest you sign in because it’s free.
It doesn’t take much time to sign in through Facebook or Google Mail.
As you log in to your account, you’ll get to your Home, where you will see the feed based on the people you follow. You can explore the most played songs on SoundCloud by going to Charts, or go to Discover to find famous artists, playlists, charts, to follow.
Compatibility and Ads
Therefore, for the fantastic UI experience and compatibility, it’s a 10/10.
SoundCloud has had to go through a lot of content partner issues and maintain the promise of its own library!
Currently, SoundCloud has an enormous music library, even more than the paid-services of Apple Music and Spotify.
To compete with them and monetise their business model, they came up with SoundCloud Go; a subscription started in the US in 2016, that provides a library of nearly 150 million songs at the cost of $9.99.
- Also read: Best Free Music Downloader
However, I can say that the free version is good enough to use for now, at least in other countries such as India.
You can find the music of almost all music genres such as Alternative Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, EDM, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Rap, House, India, R&B & Soul, SoundTrack, as well as Audio Genres, such as Audiobooks, Business, Comedy, Entertainment, News & Politics, etc.
I have been able to find almost all the artists and bands I listen to, from English to Hindi, such as Drake, Kanye West, Charlie Puth, The Weeknd, Steven Wilson, Arctic Monkeys, Hardwell, AR Rahman, Arijit Singh, etc.
However, not all the songs you find of them are available entirely. Some of the songs are only for preview.
Therefore, for the library, it’s a 9/10!
It works on the model of artists uploading their tracks on the platform. Later, SoundCloud converts them into mp3 format with a 128-kbps bitrate for streaming.
Therefore, for the quality, I guess 8/10 should be enough, as the buffering may sometime be a pain, and the quality to listen to any speakers is just fine.