Are you a musician, podcaster or interviewer? Then you need a Sound Cloud login account.
SoundCloud was founded in 2008 by Swedish sound designer Alexander Ljung and artist Eric Wahlforss in Berlin, Germany.
SoundCloud is an online music portal which allows you to share audio tracks with the world, interact with your fan base and listen to streaming music.
How to sign into Sound Cloud
Start by entering www.soundcloud.com into the address bar of your internet browser.
If you’re using Chrome or Internet Explorer you can press alt + D to highlight the address bar and if you’re on Safari press command + L.
(The “Address bar” is the space at the top of your web browser where you type in website addresses.)
Hit enter and you’ll be taken to the home page which looks like this.
In the top right hand corner you’ll see two buttons, one marked “Sign in” and the other marked “Create account”
If you’ve already created an account, hit the sign in button and you’ll be taken to the sign in form which looks like this.
There are several options for signing in.
- You can create an account and then use your email address or profile URL to sign in.
- Alternatively you can use your Facebook or Google account.
The benefit of doing this is that you don’t have to create an account on Sound Cloud.
Simply enter in your Google or Facebook details and you can start using the site immediately.
What happens if you lose your Sound Cloud login details?
Retrieving your password is simple.
Return to the Sound Cloud home page at www.soundcloud.com and click the sign in button.
When the sign in form pops up click on “Need help?” (It’s just below the orange bar)
You’ll be given 3 options:
“I don’t know my password”
“I don’t know my email address”
Or “I have a different problem”
If you pick one of the first two options you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this
Enter the email address that you used to sign up with and hit the “Request a password reset” button.
You will then be asked to check your email box.
Go to your inbox where you’ll see a link which says “Click here to change your password”
Click the link and it will take you to a page where you can change your password.
Why do you have to sign up for Sound Cloud?
Some people don’t like the fact that you have to create an account.
But the reason why you have to do this is because it allows you to use the features of the site.
Signing up allows you to save tracks, write comments and interact with other users.
And owning an account also allows you to pick your personal preferences, download apps and join groups.
How to create a Sound Cloud Account
Go to the Sound Cloud home page at www.soundcloud.com and click the orange “Create account” button.
When you do that the following box will pop up.
From there it’s as easy as using Google or Facebook to log in.
You can also use your email address to create an account.
Press the continue button.
Then go to your inbox and you should see an email from Sound Cloud (This might take a couple of minutes, so be patient) with the following message.
Confirm your email.
Once you’ve done this you’ll be taken to the Sound Cloud dashboard.
Doing this will make you aware of what information they gather about you, how it is used and how they keep it safe.
Also note that by agreeing to their terms you are allowing Sound Cloud to store personal data about yourself.
And if you’re not okay with this then you shouldn’t sign up.
That being said, this site has extremely robust privacy settings and you can limit the amount of private data which is shared.
What you get with your account
Sound Cloud allows musicians to upload audio tracks and build a fan base without having to join a music label.
One drawback is that the features are limited if you don’t pay for a subscription.
(For example, you can only upload 6 hours of audio)
Signing up for Sound Cloud Pro will give you access premium services.
Your upload time is increased and you get extra features such as advanced analytics and the ability to remove negative comments on your profile.
Another option is to sign up for Sound Cloud Pro Unlimited which gives you access to even more features, including the ability to upload unlimited amounts of audio.
They’ve also branched out into the music streaming business with their subscription based Sound Cloud GO service.
With this service you can listen to major label artists and you don’t even have to be connected to the internet.
Countries where you can use Sound Cloud
This website is available wherever there is an internet connection.
Just note this doesn’t apply to countries which restrict certain internet sites.
For example, Sound Cloud is not available in China.
Sound Cloud for mobile, android, iPhone and other smartphones
To date there are two mobile applications which can be downloaded from the Google Play store and the Apple App store.
The first app is for streaming music, and allows you to discover new music, put together playlists and share them.
The second app is aimed at musicians and allows them to manage and upload their music, interact with fans and look at their statistics.
Security and privacy issues
There are no serious security or privacy problems when it comes to Sound Cloud.
Because this company is based in Germany, they must adhere to the strict German privacy laws.
What this means is that deleting your account will wipe all data associated with that account, including uploaded tracks and data accompanying those tracks.
Another minor issue is copyright infringement and account banning.
For example, if you use unlicensed samples in your music, expect your tracks to be taken down and your account banned.
Not all artists are at risk of this, but be prepared to deal with the possibility of this happening.
Cool stuff to do
Sound Cloud is famous for the fact that you can write comments at certain points on tracks.
Another cool thing is that you can embed a mini Sound Cloud player into your website.
And useful feature for artists is that you can add a buy button to your track.
There is also a dedicated app store which works together with the platform.
How does Sound Cloud make its money?
Sound Cloud currently generates revenue through their subscription services, and in the future hopes to make money through their streaming music services.
Unfortunately the company has yet to become profitable (Even though more than 2 billion dollars have been invested)
They also make a small amount of money through advertising.
Take-aways about Sound Cloud
Sound Cloud is an online platform which allows musicians to upload their work, build a fan base and interact with them.
It’s also a streaming music service where you can listen to songs by major label artists.
Keep your Sound Cloud login details safe
Never share your password or login details with anyone, also make sure to log out of your account if you’re using a public computer.