SoundCloud Is Just As Good As Spotify

SoundCloud Is Just As Good As Spotify

The debate over which is better is over; and it's neither.

SoundCloud Is Just As Good As Spotify

Music is a platform of expression that can be used for a variety of means and has been utilized for thousands of years for many reasons. Although music is mostly used today as a form of entertainment, in the past decade society has witnessed the rise of music streaming platforms as the most easily accessible and useful means for creating, sharing, and listening to music for whatever purposes the individual deems fit.

Of the many streaming platforms available, Spotify and SoundCloud have stood out as two of the most used services in the category.

However, following a prevalent consumer pattern, the divide between fans of the two streaming services has widened in recent years. Like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, many have chosen to adhere to their preferred musical platform with unwavering loyalty along with an undying hatred for, what is in their eyes, the lesser service of the two. Although both of these platforms have become relatively cohesive with not just American but world culture as a whole, many still do not understand the difference between the two.

Although SoundCloud and Spotify are both top streaming services, they often attract diverse crowds due to their differences. Whereas Spotify is a service that favors established artists, anyone with a microphone and a computer can upload a track directly to SoundCloud without dealing with any sort of middleman.

This isn't to say that those without record deals and a strong fan base can't upload tracks to Spotify because they certainly can. However, this process is much harder and often isn't worth the effort. In many ways, SoundCloud is a place for many musicians to first gain a fan base as well as a name for themselves and their music.

In fact, if you look at the rising stars amongst much of the rap and hip-hop industry many if not all have been bred from the deep end, what is to the public, relatively unknown depths of SoundCloud. Rappers such as Lil Pump, XXXTentacion, and Post Malone can all tie their beginnings back to the expansive streaming service. Even beyond the rap scene artists like Kygo were producing and posting tracks on SoundCloud far before they were ever offered a record deal by a major company.

The point is, had it not been for SoundCloud we may not even know who these artists are today and they might not have been able to bless us with many tracks that have now become iconic in our culture. Even now some 18-year-old kid from the Bronx might be sitting in his mom's basement eating a Doritos Locos taco contemplating over whether or not to post his first track that he's been slaving over for the last month, not knowing that in a years time he'll be rising up the top charts on his way to stardom.

Despite the critics' many statements that SoundCloud is simply an incessant cesspool of untalented and uninspired wannabe's, amongst its many mediocrities there lie true gems. In a way, SoundCloud is like panning for gold. The chances of finding what you want are very slim but, if you know where to look you might just find something worth your while. It is abundantly hard to become vastly popular in any facet of the music industry. Sure, you may play a few shows in your city, in your county, or maybe even your state but gaining the same fame as top chart artists is sadly beyond most people's grasp. SoundCloud, however, has made it a little bit easier to do that.

While it is abundantly good for the artists, SoundCloud is also great for its subscribers as well. In an endless stream of new music, it is almost impossible not to discover something new and intriguing. Thus, SoundCloud is an excellent platform for people to discover new music as well as expand their horizons. Although Spotify has perfected its hand-picked, weekly curations for their users, these new songs are either by artists they already know or similar songs by other well-known artists. SoundCloud, on the other hand, is guaranteed to introduce you to something you've never heard of before and, sometimes, may never hear of again.

Now, all of this isn't to downplay the quality as well as the importance of Spotify but rather the opposite. Spotify serves its audience in a different way than SoundCloud. Spotify has made it possible for millions of people to listen to popular artists without the hassle of actually buying their music while at the same time introducing them to new artists. SoundCloud does the same thing just on a smaller scale and with a larger quantity of relatively unknown artists. One could even say that SoundCloud allows users to have a more intimate experience as they are exposed to tracks that expand their view of music.

All in all, both streaming services are excellent, however, some people just prefer one over the other. Spotify is neither better than SoundCloud nor is SoundCloud better than Spotify. Each service simply stands as a matter of preference and people should be conscious of such.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Preview These Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks — From Luxury Purses To Skincare

Currently 3 million people viewing the Stella McCartney purse I absolutely must have.

Online shopping has been a guilty pleasure of ours for years, but now more than ever it's been a shopping lover's outlet for all our home redecorating projects and resort wear we're purchasing for that trip we had to cancel.

One of my favorite places to (virtually) window shop has always been Nordstrom. I admittedly can't afford to go on sprees there often, but I still get a high off of adding things to my cart I know I'll never actually end up buying. But sometimes, that's not enough — that's when I, like the masses of luxury-, beauty-, fashion-, and decor-lovers around the world count the days down to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Things You Need To Know About Our NEW Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams

Could THIS be the most dramatic season in "Bachelorette" history?

Bombshell news coming from Bachelor Nation today, Tayshia Adams is replacing Clare Crawley as the bachelorette!

Rumor has it that Clare found her person early on in the process and did not want to continue with the process of leading other men on throughout the season.

Keep Reading... Show less

The NBA is back, and for basketball fans, like myself, it has been the BEST news we have heard since COVID-19 shutdown play indefinitely. I mean, come on, we need to see if James Harden can once again perform so well he has back-to-back 50 point games, Kawhi can lead another team to the championship title, and whether Giannis is going to be back-to-back MVP... among like 500 other things running through our heads!

In the midst of all of the amazing statistics and records that these players are breaking, though, we also just love the NBA because well, there are some pretty good looking guys out there. Here are the 19 hottest NBA players (in no particular order) you would totally let slam dunk on you now that the NBA has returned.

Keep Reading... Show less

Rihanna is known for many things: her music, fashion, makeup, and now skincare. As a makeup artist myself, I can confidently say that she rocked the makeup world when she released her makeup line in 2017 and has been influencing the beauty world ever since.

Trying some of her makeup products myself, I know that she doesn't skimp on quality, and even though some of her products may be a little pricey, trust me, you get what you pay for.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

If 'Hockey Is For Everyone,' Why Is Matt Dumba So Alone In Fighting For Racial Equality In The NHL?

If the NHL is using #WeSkateForEquality, why is Dumba alone in the fight for equality?

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, the National Hockey League resumed play for the first time since March 12, 2020. The season was paused due to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and a concern for the players contacting the virus and spreading it through the League. Fans and players sat and waited for the hockey season to resume, which took more than 140 days.

Keep Reading... Show less

I Recommend This $85 POC-Founded Hair Brush To Everyone — Here's Why It's Worth EVERY Penny

It replaces nearly three steps in my hair routine.

- Though as a little girl, I had the silkiest, softest hair that would get compliments everywhere I went, since I turned about thirteen I've since had coarse, dry hair no amount of deep conditioning masks or sulfate-free shampoo could fix.

- I started using the Raincry's Condition Boar Bristle Brush several months ago, and while I noticed that my hair had been softer, silkier, and shinier than it had ever been, I didn't make the connection because I never thought a simple hairbrush could make any difference in my hair texture.

- I will be the first to admit that I thought it was ridiculous to spend nearly a hundred dollars on a hairbrush, but this one eliminates the need for me to use any heat tools or styling products on it.

- I put some oil or a serum in my hair when it's wet, brush my hair with the boar bristle brush once it's dry, and end up with the lowest maintenance, shiniest hair I've had since I was 8 years old.


Keep Reading... Show less

What Your Favorite Rom-Com Says About You And Your Dream Guy

These movies are always there for us when we need them.


Bingeing a romantic comedy is always a good idea, and during this pandemic, these movies bring us one of the only elements of romance we can get. Through all the break-ups, obstacles, and struggles in our love lives, romantic comedies have always been there to make us laugh and keep us company while we cry.

While we love these movies for the beyond gorgeous male love interests, the female protagonists are still the ones we always remember. Although rom-coms are far from reality, it is always fun to imagine what our life would be like if a cinematic studio was behind our love life. So what does your favorite romantic comedies say about your dream guy?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Everything You Need To Know About Macronutrients, Because A Diet Should Be More Than Calories

Pay attention to what you're eating, not just how much you're eating.

Plenty of people are familiar with the "calories in, calories out" (CICO) method of dieting which can be used for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. This method relies on calculating a person's total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) to ensure that they are not overeating or undereating to achieve their desired weight. TDEE considers a person's height, weight, age, gender, and level of activity to determine what their caloric intake should be — some calculators can factor in body fat percentage as well. When I used a TDEE calculator online, it said that my TDEE would be 1,990 calories if I was trying to maintain my weight, but are all calories created equal? I'd argue that they're not.

It might seem obvious to some of you that 1,990 calories of macaroni and cheese are not healthy at all compared to 1,990 calories of varied foods (fruit, veggies, meat, bread, etc.).

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're in an unhealthy relationship currently, you know someone who is, or you just want to have these numbers saved just in case it could one day save someone's life (if not your own), this article is for you. Here are three numbers to save in your contacts ASAP so you can always be safe, both physically and mentally, in every relationship.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments