How to Download Music from Mixcloud in High Quality

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Megan Charles
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Mixcloud is a great online music streaming service with a vast collection of user-generated shows and tracks. However, like other music platforms, Mixcloud has limitations on music playback and download. It only allows any audio to be played up to 4 times every 14 days for free listeners. Even with a premium subscription, you can't download the audio locally to your device.

That explains why many people are looking for how to download from Mixcloud for unrestricted offline listening. In this post, I will share with you the 3 easy ways to download music from Mixcloud without loss of quality.

 

What Format & Quality Can I Download from Mixcloud?

While many want to download Mixcloud audio in MP3 format, it's important to note that Mixcloud actually uses a format known as AAC (.m4a file) for streaming. For high-quality uploads with the HQ badge on Mixcloud, the audio is also encoded in Opus (.webm) format at 160 kbps and above. Both AAC and Opus give a better quality than MP3 at the same bitrate due to more effective compression standards.

So if you want to preserve lossless quality after downloading, choose the original format option at a higher bitrate when downloading. Or, convert Mixcloud audio to MP3 file to ensure a better compatibility.

Mixcloud HQ audio

 

Way 1: Use a Desktop Mixcloud Downloader App for HQ Audio

Cisdem Video Converter is the ultimate choice for downloading music from Mixcloud. This powerful tool not only enables you to download audio with the highest quality, but also offers flexibility to convert it to MP3 or any desired format. In addition, its handy feature allows you to bulk download multiple tracks with just one click. It also supports more than Mixcloud, being able to download music from many other streaming sites such as Soundcloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook, etc.

Without further ado, let's click the download button to install this program and follow the instructions below to download music from Mixcloud to your computer.

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Instructions:

Step 1: Copy Mixcloud URL

Visit Mixcloud.com and copy the URL of any audio track you would like to download from the address bar. Alternatively, click the Share button of the music and copy the link in the pop-up window.

copy Mixcloud music URL

Step 2: Add URL to the downloader

Launch Cisdem Video Converter and switch to the download section (the third tab), and paste the copied URL into the provided field. Click "+" to analyze the link.

add Mixcloud url

Step 3. Choose format and download

When audio is loaded, the highest quality is selected by default. You can choose a different download option from the "Format" drop-down list. Then click the download button download button to start downloading Mixcloud music to your computer.

choose audio format and download

When the download is complete, you can click the checkmark iconcheckmark iconto quickly locate the downloaded file in a folder.

Step 4. Convert Mixcloud audio to MP3 (optional)

If you want to convert the downloaded Mixcloud audio to MP3, switch to the convert feature (the first tab) and drag the Mixcloud audio file(s) to the interface. Next, click the "Convert all tasks to" box to open a panel of format selection, and choose "MP3 Audio". Then you can click the convert button to begin the conversion. It will convert the Mixcloud audio to MP3 with the original bitrate.

convert Mixcloud to MP3

Tips:

#1. Create your own mix. You can enable the Merge option merge next to the convert button to combine several audio into one single file.

#2. Batch add URLs to download tracks at once.

On Mac: Go to "File" on the menu bar and select "Input URLs".

On Windows, click menu button in the upper right and select "Add URLs".

mass add Mixcloud URLs

#3. Edit audio. When convert Mixcloud to MP3, you can click the edit iconedit iconof the audio clip to access the built-in editing tools that allows you to trim the length, adjust volume, etc.

edit Mixcloud audio

 

Way 2: Download Music from Mixcloud Online

After trying quite a few online download websites, here are two viable sites to download from Mixcloud. You can use these online tools on both your computer and mobile phone.

Option 1: DLMixcloud

DLMixcloud is a safe online Mixcloud downloader that contains less adverts. It lets you download track from Mixcloud and save as AAC audio file at about 64 kbps, the standard audio streaming quality of Mixcloud. It's sufficient for general use but not a really satisfactory setting for most music fans. Here is how to use this online downloader:

1. Go to Mixcloud and copy the URL of any audio you want.

2. Move to dlmixcloud.com website and paste the URL into the box, then click "Download From Mixcloud" button.online Mixcloud download -1

3. Click the "DOWNLOAD MIX" button below the music cover, it will leads to a new tab.

4. Right click on the red "DOWNLOAD MIX" button and select "save link as".

5. In the pop-up window, rename the audio file and choose a folder to save it, then click "Save" to start download.

A faster way to access this online downloader: visit a Mixcloud track > add dl in front of mixcloud.com in the address bar> press Enter.

dlmixcloud

 

Options 2: Bravedown.com

Bravedown is a handy Mixcloud to MP3 downloader that claims to convert Mixcloud audio to MP3 format in standard or high quality. But when I check the file format information with ffprobe (a command-line tool), the downloaded MP3 file still contains AAC audio and the bitrate is not as high as it says.

1. Copy the URL of the Mixcloud track you want to download.

2. Go to bravedown.com/mixcloud-downloader website, enter the copied URL into the field, and click on the "Download" button.

  • If it leads you to a new malicious tab, just close it and do not click "Allow".

3. Choose a download option. Note that two options simply refer to the standard and higher quality, and don't really represent the actual bitrate. 

bravedown mixcloud downloader

5. Click the Download button in a pop-up to start downloading the Mixcloud track.

 

Way 3: Download Mixcloud Shows with a Chrome Extension

Free Music Downloader is one of the few browser extensions capable of downloading music from Mixcloud. It lets you download a Mixcloud audio to a standard quality MP3 file without the URL. However, when checked with ffprobe, I found that the downloaded file is actually an Opus audio with a nominal file extension of .mp3, which explains why my default media player fails to play it. This browser extension is currently only available for Chrome, and here is how to download music from Mixcloud with it:

Step 1. Click here to add Free Music Downloader extension to your Chrome.

Step 2. Visit Mixcloud.com and play the show you would like to download.

Step 3. Click on the extension icon in the toolbar, and find a download option that starts with "DASH".Mixcloud Chrome extension

Step 4. Click the download icon to begin the download process. The downloaded file should be saved to the Downloads folder by default.

 

Conclusion

Now you can download music from Mixcloud to listen offline without limits through various methods, such as the Mixcloud downloader app, browser extension or web-based tools. According to my test results, Cisdem Video Converter proves to be the most reliable way to download music from Mixcloud with the highest quality. It also offers the convenience of MP3 conversion.

Be aware that the download may be restricted if you want to save exclusive content requiring a creator subscription. In this case you can utilize an audio recorder like Audacity to record the full track and save it to MP3.

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