SoundCloud Playlists

What are SoundCloud playlists?

"Playlists" are groups of songs or other audio tracks arranged by SoundCloud users according to a particular theme or taste.  This lets you easily listen to them one after the other, as opposed to having to find and listen to them individually.  You can listen to playlists that other SoundCloud users create, or you can create your own and share your tastes in music with other SoundCloud listeners.  Or you can keep your playlists private... it's totally up to you.

How to create a SoundCloud playlist

  1. Go to www.soundcloud.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Find a track that you want to start a playlist with, either by browsing for it (see our How to Listen to Music on SoundCloud tutorial) or searching for it (see our SoundCloud Search tutorial).  When you find one, click the Add to Playlist button underneath it.

    Add to SoundCloud playlist button

  3. Assuming that this is the first playlist you've created, a new window will pop up allowing you to set up the details of your playlist.  Click in the box labelled "Playlist Title" and type in a name for your playlist.  Then click one of the buttons below that to decide whether your playlist will be "Private" (i.e. only you can listen to it) or "Public" (i.e. other people can find and listen to this playlist).  When you're done, click Save.

    Creating a new SoundCloud playlist

  4. After this, you can click Go to Playlist to see the page for your newly-created playlist!

How to edit SoundCloud playlists

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into SoundCloud, click Collections in the menu across the top.  Then click Playlists, and then click the name of the playlist that you wish to edit.

    Selecting a SoundCloud playlist to edit

  2. Click the pencil icon underneath the header for your playlist to edit its details.

    Button to edit a SoundCloud playlist

  3. Here, you can click and hold the mouse button down on a track name, then move it to another position to reorder the tracks in your playlist.  You can also click the "X" beside a track to remove it from the playlist.  You can also click Add New Tracks to upload your own audio files (i.e. ones that you control the copyright for) from your computer and add them to your playlist.

    Reorder or add to a SoundCloud playlist

  4. Under the "Info" section, you can change the name and Internet address of the playlist.  You can also select a picture to represent the playlist, or type in a description for it.  You can also select if it's a specific type of playlist (such as a demo tape or compilation), or if the songs are from a particular genre. 

    SoundCloud playlist information settings

    You can also add "tags" to your playlists, which are descriptive keywords that make your playlist easier to search for.  In addition, you can click Change License to choose between "All Rights Reserved" and various "Creative Commons" licenses to change how other people can use the music in your playlist (again, though, only with music that you control the copyright for).  Clicking Show More Options allows you to add additional information, such as publishing company or year, or a link to a third-party website where users can buy and/or download the songs on this playlist.

  5. Under the "Settings" section, you can select to change whether your playlist is "Public" or "Private".  You can also choose whether to allow tracks on your playlist to be downloaded or not (again, this is only for tracks that you control the copyright for, and it may require you to get a paid account), or choose whether or not to publicly display the code that lets other people paste a copy of your playlist into their website.

    SoundCloud playlist privacy settings

    If you click Quiet Mode, you can also choose to not allow people to comment on your playlist, or hide existing comments and statistics.  However, you will need a paid account to select these options.

    When you're done making changes to your playlist, click Save.

  6. To add new tracks that are already on SoundCloud to an existing playlist, simply follow step 2 in the "How to Create a SoundCloud Playlist" section above.  This time, however, an option to Add to Playlist will appear instead of Create New (if you want to create another new playlist, click Create New and follow step 3 in the "How to Create a SoundCloud Playlist" section).  Simply click the Add to Playlist button beside the playlist that you wish to add the song to.

    Add a song to a SoundCloud playlist

How to delete playlists on SoundCloud

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into SoundCloud, click Collections in the menu across the top.  Then click Playlists, and then click the name of the playlist that you wish to delete.

    Selecting a SoundCloud playlist to delete

  2. Click the trashcan icon underneath the playlist's header to delete it.  Click Delete to confirm that you wish to delete the playlist.

    Button to delete a SoundCloud playlist

Those are the basic ins and outs of playlists on SoundCloud!

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