Download all your Soundcloud likes automatically
You never have to click that download button again
So I am a huge Soundcloud fan, I love the social aspect of sharing music and most of my favourite artists and djs very regular posters so your feed is always full of fresh new tunes from people you like. My only gripe is streaming, most of the time it is great as I generally listen to the music in a browser, but there are occasions where it would be nice to have the actual mp3 also. My ipod is one of those reasons, it has no internet access so I can't stream and thus I need the mp3.
Soundcloud has an API, and there are plenty of "soundcloud downloader" websites out there so I though surely someone has merged the two and made a nice little script to do all the work of downloading for me. Sure enough someone has! flyingrub has made a great python script to do exactly what I wanted. It is creatively named "scdl" and can be found here: https://github.com/flyingrub/scdl
I have a linux server so my setup might be different to yours however, the great thing about python is it runs on practically everything so if you want to do this too, the steps should be pretty similar.
Step 1 - Install Python
SCDL requires Python 3, in fact some of its dependencies required 3.3 or greater, so the first thing to do is download and install the latest version, I used 3.5 (current). It went a bit like this:
Check your Python version (if you have a version greater than 3.3 you can skip to step 2)
Download and install the latest version.
wget http://python.org/ftp/python/3.5.0/Python-3.5.0.tgz tar xvfz Python-3.5.0.tgz cd Python-3.3.0 ./configure --prefix=/opt/python3.5 make sudo make install
Test if it worked
If you are running multiple versions of python, you might want/need to switch between them, you can do this with the following
/opt/python3.5/bin/pyvenv ~/py35 source ~/py35/bin/activate
Step 2 - Install pip
Pip is a great way of downloading python packages, you just need to install it first
Step 3 - Install scdl
Now we can easily install scdl (and its dependencies) with a one liner
pip3 install scdl
Step 4 - Get your soundcloud token
This is only required if you want to access your own stuff eg. likes/stream/etc. Click here to get your token.
From the scdl github page "Soundcloud has banned all our client_id so we cannot use authentication for now.". As a workaround you can just specify the url to your own soundcloud page
Step 5 - Setup your config file
In your scdl.cnf file you set your soundcloud token and default download location.
Step 6 - Test!
Everything should be good to go now, test a download of all your likes with this:
scdl -f -c --onlymp3 -l https://soundcloud.com/MY_SOUNDCLOUD_USERNAME
Step 6 - Automate
To get this all automated, all you have to do is create a cron job with the above line. I set mine to do it once a day at 4pm but you can use this handy tool to customise it to your needs.
Add something like
0 16 * * * scdl -f -c --onlymp3 -l https://soundcloud.com/MY_SOUNDCLOUD_USERNAME > /dev/null
Save, exit and you are all done!