We’ve covered desktop apps for downloading music from SoundCloud for Windows 7, and we also featured a browser script that lets you do the same. SoundCloud Downloader, as common as the name is, is a downloader app for Mac, which allows you to search for a song from the said service, download it, and add it automatically to your iTunes folder. The app doesn’t have a music player, which means you cannot preview a song before downloading it, and will only know if you’ve got the right one once download is complete. The app downloads songs in MP3 format.
When you launch the app for the first time, follow the walkthrough for setting up preferences. You can modify the preferences later if you like, but they have mostly to do with where to save downloaded files and whether or not to add them to iTunes. It’s probably best to get it out of the way in the beginning, so you can find your downloaded files easily.
Once the few preliminaries are complete, go to the app’s main interface and type in the URL of a song from SoundCloud, or enter a track name, and the app will search for it and display results in its own browser window. There is no separate search button, so when you add a URL to the app’s search bar and click the Download button, it’s downloaded automatically, but doing the same for a track title will return the search results in the app’s own music browser.
You can download multiple files at a time, and the download progress is shown in the main app window below the search bar. When downloads complete, a magnifying glass appears at the end of the progress bar, clicking which will open the file at its location.
The app’s browser window has three tabs, one for Favorites (pulled from your SoundCloud user name), Browser for search results, and Downloaded listing all songs that you’ve downloaded. The browser also has a search bar that you can use to search for more songs. Depending upon your settings, downloaded songs will get added to iTunes automatically, which can be altered from Settings.
The app is fairly simple, and a media player to preview the music before actually downloading would have added to its usefulness. Nevertheless, SoundCloud Downloader is a practical solution to grabbing tracks from the popular service.