Spotify vs Soundcloud - An Honest Comparison

Spotify versus SoundCloud a few of you have been commenting that I should take

a look at Spotify versus SoundCloud and debunk any of the myths going on between

Spotify and SoundCloud so that's what exactly what I'm going to do I'll be

looking at Spotify and SoundCloud over a variety of different sections and seeing

whether SoundCloud might be right for you or if it Spotify is right for you if

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weekly videos I'm a singer-songwriter myself and I do have my music on

SoundCloud and Spotify. I'll leave a couple of links in the description below

let's get right into this video though Spotify versus SoundCloud. Okay how I'm

going to structure this video is in four different sections. Music, music discovery,

features, and pricing and I'm going to go over each of those sections between both

the applications which one's better for you SoundCloud or Spotify the first

section and most important section would be music the catalog of songs on Spotify

versus SoundCloud are very different SoundCloud actually has more songs than

Spotify SoundCloud has I think about 125 million songs how can that be right

where Spotify only has about 60 million only that's still an incredible amount

of songs that you'll never be able to even listen to in your entire lifetime

well Spotify has less songs because their main focus is on mainstream music

and popular music where sound clouds focus is more on independent music and

kind of this bedroom producer bedroom artist music work for example if I'm a

producer or artist I can make a song in my bedroom studio and upload it to

Spotify for free because of that there are many more songs on soundcloud it

means actually more choice but it doesn't necessarily mean more quality so

you're gonna find more songs on soundcloud and if you're interested in

more bedroom artists singer songwriter producer music that might not have the

same quality as the music on Spotify well

SoundCloud is going to be right for you there are more

independent artists on Soundcloud if you are more interested into mainstream

music you want to listen to the Ed Sheeran albums you want to listen to the

Justin Bieber albums you want mainstream pop music you're gonna want to go with

Spotify Spotify recommends mainstream music to you they sort it nicely they

categorize it nicely there's less noise in Spotify than there is in SoundCloud

and if you want that type of mainstream pop music go with Spotify it's so when

it comes to the section of music obviously when if it's quantity

SoundCloud is the winner here and it's a crowd winner if you're into that

independent music when it comes to mainstream pop music and clean design of

categorization of this music I'm going to crown Spotify and personally

subjective I like the Spotify music more than I do

like the SoundCloud so for me crown winner for Spotify second section which

is music discovery and definitely a big one for you out there if you're deciding

between Spotify and SoundCloud music I'm definitely a fan of the Spotify

algorithm Spotify recommends new music for you that are very in line with your

interests and they have playlists such as the discovery weekly playlist and the

taste breakers playlist which really put that new music right in front of you

that you've never heard before that you likely will like I've

discovered a lot of new music on Spotify of bands and artists that I've never

heard of before but I do like them now when it comes to SoundCloud not as

strong of an algorithm they do recommend new artists for you that you should

check out in your feeds but the recommendations just are not as strong

from what I've noticed in terms of my tastes and likes this is basically

SoundCloud here and they do have the section of who to follow so they do

recommend artists that you might like I have found some other things here you

can see though that this section this guy here has a promoted post there so

SoundCloud is pushing a bit of a revenue stream there and having space for

promoted ad probably wouldn't like this person because they're being they're

being paid to put there I might like these people it's more of an organic

thing this is something that Spotify doesn't do yet I haven't noticed like

paid promote to get on top of the list like you can't

pay to get on someone's Discovery weekly playlist if you're looking to discover

more independent artists you're going to want to go with SoundCloud because you

just don't get that discovery on Spotify you will discover new music but it's

always high-quality mainstream music we're on soundcloud this is like some

some of the recordings are really bad some people like that and if you want

that you're gonna want to go with soundcloud subjective opinion for music

discovery I'm going to crown Spotify as the winner because I'm more into that

mainstream thing if you're into independent music I'll crown SoundCloud

as the winner for you let's jump into the third section features who has

better features SoundCloud or Spotify the core business models of Spotify and

SoundCloud are very different Spotify is a mainstream streaming music streaming

service where SoundCloud is also a mainstream music streaming service but

they're really promoting independent musicians and for musicians and artists

to upload music to Spotify so a lot of their core business model is uploads of

new songs so they have that whole distribution service as well on Sound

Cloud which Spotify you can't you can't upload music directly to Spotify

you have to use a distributor between you and Spotify so that's a big

difference there between the core business models and because of that the

features are quite different really great features when it comes to the

social networking side of Spotify who you can follow who they're listening to

you can create collaborative playlists with your friends you can see in real

time what your friends are listening to you can follow your friends you can

follow your artists that whole feedback loop of follow to see what people like

is very strong on Spotify those types of features are on SoundCloud as well but

they're just a little less prevalent you can tell that SoundCloud is more of a

creator for example SoundCloud it has a great feature where you can

just message other people so it is a messaging service they offer that inside

their platform and I guess both are winners in this section in their own

rights because they're quite different the last section which would be pricing

quite simple when it comes to Spotify there is a free version

sign up to listen to as much music as you want but you can't download music

you have to listen to ads and you're limited to a number of skips so it's

kind of annoying if you want to get rid of all that stuff you can pay $9.99 a

month you can bump up to about $14.99 a month and have six accounts as a family

plan and if you're a student you can have a plan for about $5.99 a month with

SoundCloud it's very similar you can just go to SoundCloud sign up with your

email and have a free account and start streaming music and listening to things

but you're going to be blocked again with ads and these types of things if

you want to get rid of that they do have a starter plan at $5.99 a month it's

just a less expensive than Spotify but there are a couple of restrictions for

example you're not going to get access to the full catalog of SoundCloud

they're gonna dampen that a little bit for you and they're going to try to get

you to upgrade to the next plan which is the sound cow

SoundCloud go+ which is $9.99 a month and with this plan you know you'll get a

free listening you can save unlimited tracks you have the access to full

catalogue and high quality audio it's about the same quality as audio as you

would get on Spotify the amount of compression is quite similar the only

big platform that has the best quality audio is title and I've done another

video on comparison to Spotify you can go check that out if you're interested

pricing when it comes to SoundCloud and Spotify which is better well SoundCloud

is cheaper but you don't get access to a full catalog of music so I'm going to

crown Spotify as the winner here just because they have the extended free

platform forever you can get to like it and then if you do really enjoy it start

paying the $9.99 a month or if you're a student it's $5.99 you know what

subjective opinion if you're a independent musician fan get the free

account for for SoundCloud and then start paying later if you really enjoy

it so both crown winners there I guess it's a bit of a combo let's debate about

this in the comments do you like Spotify more than you like SoundCloud which do

you use I'm interested to hear what you think feel free to check out some of my

own music I've left some links in the description below it's all on SoundCloud

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