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If SoundCloud Shuts Down, You'll Need These Alternatives

The good news is that you can also upload your music, post your song, and attract new followers on these audio hosting apps.

Apps in this Guide

Gone are the days of shopping demos to labels, cozying up to DJs, and playing open mic nights at your local coffee shop to get your music heard. Today artists can cut out the middleman and reachmore

Gone are the days of shopping demos to labels, cozying up to DJs, and playing open mic nights at your local coffee shop to get your music heard. Today artists can cut out the middleman and reach even wider audiences, just by uploading their music directly to SoundCloud. SoundCloud is a great indie alternative to streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, because you don't need to be signed to a label or attached to an aggregator. But, according to recent reports, unless the audio hosting service can figure out a better way to make money or it becomes a target for a takeover, it may soon dissipate. So if you're a musician looking for an audio service to host your music or an audiophile searching for a SoundCloud alternative, then consider these five audio-hosting apps your silver lining.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't I just get my music on popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music?
Sure, if you're signed to a label or go through an approved aggregator (or music distribution company) that can deliver music and collect royalties for you, such as Tunecore or CD Baby.
Do I need a free or pro account on the services you recommend?
Oftentimes the main difference between the free and paid is the ability to upload more content and gain deeper analytics. So if you're just starting out, then free is probably OK.

Recommended music streaming and hosting services

Mixcloud

Mixcloud

Are you a DJ without a club night? The world's your venue with Mixcloud. Upload your latest EDM, Dub, or Trap mix, confident that your banger will reach an international audience.

Bandcamp

Bandcamp

Put your music up and get discovered via Bandcamp's music feed and artist recommendations -- and then watch your physical and digital media sell like crazy.

ReverbNation

ReverbNation

Create your own site from where you can then share, promote, distribute, and sell your tunes.

8tracks

8tracks

8-track tape is not supported, but your best mixes are when you upload them to 8tracks to be enjoyed by the Internet radio app's fan community.

YouTube

YouTube

YouTube is more than just a platform to passively watch others' videos. Start your own channel, put up videos and standalone music, and attract millions of subscribers.