SoundCloud is a great resource both from the point of view of a music fan and as a musician. Anyone on the lookout for new music can use the site to discover emerging talent and follow artists they love, while bands and musicians can use it as a platform for getting noticed.

But the problem with the site is that visitors are limited to listening to music on the website, and this is rather restrictive. As you’ve probably guessed from the name, Free SoundCloud Downloader can be used to download tracks you like from SoundCloud so they can be listened to whilst offline and transferred to other devices.

Using the downloader could hardly be simpler. Either copy and paste a track URL into the program, or drag and drop a link instead. That’s all there is to it; everything else is taken care of for you automatically. Multiple tracks can be queued up for download so it is easy to download everything from a particular user.

It is worth pointing out that while Free SoundCloud Downloader is itself a useful tool, the installer is padded out with some bloatware. During the installation of the main application you will also be invited to install myPC Backup and other programs – don’t be fooled by the fact that the Decline button appears to be greyed out, you can click it to avoid installing this extra software if you are not interested in it (the same is true of the other bundled software).

Verdict

A great way to grab copies of the music you love – just watch out for the overly keen installer.