SoundCloud Data Usage

Last updated: December 23, 2015 - 2:58pm EST

Your data usage on SoundCloud is a product of the quality of the audio files that you listen to (higher quality means more data used) and how much time you spend listening to songs. Most songs on SoundCloud are decent-quality MP3s that are around 3.5 minutes long, so they take about 5 megabytes to stream.

As an example, if we assume that you have a 10-gigabyte-per-month data cap, if you used the Internet solely for streaming songs from SoundCloud, you could listen to about 1,000 songs per month, or 33 songs per day.

What is data usage, and why should I care about it?

"Data usage" refers to the amount of digital content (in terms of computer memory) that you transfer back and forth between the Internet and your computers or mobile devices.  It is usually measured on a per-month basis, and the company that supplies your Internet connection may impose a limit on your monthly data usage.  If you exceed this limit, your Internet service provider may charge you extra money on your next Internet bill, or even temporarily slow down your Internet speed.

How does SoundCloud's data use compare to other services?

The good news is that audio files take up much less computer memory than video files.   This means that you won't be using nearly as much data as you would with a service like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, or YouTube.

The not-so-good news is that SoundCloud seems to be on the higher end of the data usage scale when it comes to audio-streaming services.  It doesn't use as much data as some services, such as Spotify, but it does use more data than others, such as 8Tracks and Pandora.

Managing your (SoundCloud) data

Of course, chances are that you won't be using the Internet just for SoundCloud, or someone else in your household may be using SoundCloud while you're doing something else on the Internet.  Therefore, it's important to be able to figure out how SoundCloud fits into your monthly data budget.

Our advice would be to contact your Internet service provider (check your monthly Internet or telecom bill to find out what that company is) and ask about how much Internet data you use per month, and/or if you have a monthly limit on data use.  Another good idea would be to use a program or website like to sort out roughly how long you use the Internet for various things each month, and then decide from there whether you need to cut back in certain areas or not.


That's a bit of information about how much data SoundCloud uses!


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