The good ol’ days of Myspace are long gone and various Websites catering to musicians, DJs and producers have since emerged. We are all fans of SoundCloud and Mixcloud, however, most musicians and music lovers cannot quite distinguish the differences between these two services. Therefore, we would try to shed some light on this for you all.

SoundCloud’s platform is quite simple and powerful. It allows musicians, producers and remixers to upload their music, make their tracks private or public, enable or disable each track for download and showcase their sounds to the world either by embedding them on their own Websites or by sharing them through a variety of social media networks. In return, listeners can enjoy, like & comment as well as share the tracks in the same way. Listeners get to repost tracks of other users on their own SoundCloud page, which in turn gives those tracks more exposure. Reposting a track basically circulates it across the SoundCloud network.

Sharing of SoundCloud tracks is quite easy. Users and fans can share a single track, a playlist, their own or any users’ tracks on their Website or any social media all at once. Below is an example of how a single track would look once shared on a Website.

SoundCloud has also made it easier for record labels to receive tracks through their share & upload feature. Rather than receiving chunky 20 MB emails, record labels can receive and listen to tracks by clicking on a simple link! Basic SoundCloud is free and made for any music listener or producer, however, producers looking to upload their music on this platform has a couple more subscription based publishing options. The first is Soundcloud Repost, which, in a nutshell, allows artists to monetize their tracks and promotes them on weekly discovery playlists though with a maximum upload time of 3 hours for a fixed monthly price of $2.50.

The second option is Soundcloud Pro Unlimited. This $15 subscription allows artists unlimited access to soundcloud’s potential with boundless upload times, scheduled releases, monetization of tracks, and advanced listener insights. Listeners also get a choice of paid subscriptions, such as Soundcloud Go ($4.99/month) where you can save unlimited tracks ad free and Soundcloud Go+ ($9.99/month) where the latter features are included with added access to the full “Go+” catalog with premium audio quality.

Mixcould, however, serves quite a different purpose. Mixcloud is aimed more at exposing mixes and shows by DJs, podcasters, announcers, radio stations and even club promoters or festival organizers. Mixclouders can upload their mix, time- stamp them (identify the tracks within that mix) and share them on their Websites and across social networks. Mixcloud identifies most tracks featured in any mix and, if applicable, provides the listener with a direct buy link. This platform offers multiple unique subscription options including a basic free plan that only allows you to seek forwards and play an individual show up to 3 times every 2 weeks that includes ads of course. Another option is the “Select” subscription where fans can directly support an individual creator for a monthly price set by the creat starting at $2.99/month. This allows you to an ad-free experience and with the ability to watch shows offline for a select artist only. For $7.99 a month, Mixcloud offers fans a “Premium” option that allows unlimited adless replays of public shows without seeking restrictions, though the offline listening option is solely offered in the “Select” subscription. There also is a “Pro” option for a $15 monthly fee, which allows creators to monetize their content, see engagement statistics, schedule uploads, broadcast live, and more.

Now that the main differences between SoundCloud and Mixcloud have been explained, why do most podcasters feature their mixes on SoundCloud only? Well, it might be for the fact that it is more convenient for producers and podcasters to feature their work in one place or the fact that Mixcloud only recently have added a download option. There are also factors such as reposting or even the statistic chart that SoundCloud provides that may attract more podcasters to solely use SoundCloud. Whatever the case may be, the hope is that everyone uses these sites to their full potential and for the right reasons. Original material is to be featured on SoundCloud and DJ mixes and shows are to be featured on Mixcloud.

Happy Mixing everyone!

Please note: All subscription fees and service prices of the above-mentioned sites are in accordance with their listed pricing in early 2021.

Contributed by: Dominic Wren