While you don't necessarily need to create a SoundCloud account to listen to music on SoundCloud, you do need one if you're going to be uploading music to SoundCloud. Plus, having an account lets you "like" songs, re-share them on your SoundCloud profile, or add them to a playlist, among other things. In other words, you need an account if you want to get the most out of SoundCloud.
To make a SoundCloud account
Go to www.soundcloud.com in your web browser and click Create Account in the top-right corner.
A window will pop up where you can enter your sign-up credentials. If you have a Facebook or Google account, you can click the respective button to log into that account and use it to sign into SoundCloud.
Otherwise, start by clicking in the box labelled "What's Your Email Address?" and type in your email address. Then, click in the box labelled "Choose a Password" and type in a password that you'd like to use to secure your SoundCloud account. Click in the box labelled "Re-Type Password" and type in the password you chose a second time.
If you want to receive promotional updates from SoundCloud, click the first check box here to mark it (or just skip it if you don't). However, be sure to click the second check box to say that you agree to SoundCloud's rules. When you're all done, click Create Account.
Once your account is created, you will be asked to sign in. Click Sign In in the top-right corner (either of the main SoundCloud page or the sign in pop-up box).
If you signed up with your Facebook or Google account, click the appropriate box and log in from there. Otherwise, click in the box labelled "Your Email Address" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for SoundCloud. Then click in the box labelled "Your Password" and type in the password that you picked to secure your SoundCloud account with.
You can also click the check box beside "Remember Me" if you want SoundCloud to remember your email address on this computer, so that you can log in quicker (though we suggest only doing this if you are the only one who uses your computer). Then click Sign In.
One more thing you should do before you start using SoundCloud is verify your email address for them, so they know that there's a real person behind your SoundCloud account and not just some computer program looking to cause trouble. Log into your email account and click on the email from SoundCloud titled "Please Confirm Your Email Address" to open it.
Once you have the email open, click the Confirm My Email Address button.
That's about everything you need to do in order to get started on SoundCloud!