Music is one of the most popular forms of entertainment worldwide, and it’s one of the few free forms of universal entertainment that can cross language barriers and bridge cultural gaps. While attending a concert is undoubtedly fun and exciting, sometimes there’s nothing better than popping in your headphones and listening to music on streaming services like SoundCloud.
SoundCloud is a free music streaming service that lets users upload their own original songs and mixtapes. A lot of up-and-coming artists will use the app to get their start in the music industry and gain exposure. If you know someone whose music should be on SoundCloud, you don’t even need to be in the same room to get it up on the platform.
You can upload music or other recordings sent through your voicemail onto SoundCloud with ease. Here’s everything you need to know.
Step By Step Guide
There are a few simple steps to be able to upload a voicemail song recording onto SoundCloud. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Receive the Voicemail
First and foremost, you’ll need a voicemail to record. Your phone number has a voicemail box that can hold recorded messages from people trying to reach you. However, these inboxes can fill up, so you’ll want to make sure that you have free space to receive a call from your talented friend on the other end.
The sound quality of a cell phone is naturally a little bit lower than that of a studio microphone. However, you can have the person creating the song use an external microphone on their device to record their lyrics with the highest quality possible.
Finally, make sure you’re keeping your personal phone number safe. Don’t let random strangers or new collaborators have access to your phone number. Instead, get a second Burner number that shields your primary cell.
You’ll still be able to get voicemails through your Burner number — the only difference is that they won’t clog up your personal inbox. Plus, the person on the other end will never know your personal cell, so you’ll be less susceptible to potentially harmful spam and scams.
2. Record the Voicemail
On your iPhone or Android device, you can record and save voicemails as an audio file to upload to SoundCloud (or wherever you want). Here’s how to do it on iPhone:
- Open the Phone app, and tap the Voicemail tab.
- Tap the voicemail containing the song or lyrics you want to save.
- Tap the share button to the right of the caller’s name, or the phone number.
- In the pop-up menu, choose how you want to save the file. We recommend saving it as an audio file in your voice memos app.
The file will save as an M4A file, which SoundCloud should recognize as a viable format when you upload it. If you have an Android, you’ll save the file like this:
- Open the Voicemail app.
- Tap the message you want to save.
- Click Save, click Save to Phone, and then click Archive.
- Select a storage location.
Once you have the audio file saved onto your device, you can move on to the final step.
3. Upload the Voicemail to SoundCloud
SoundCloud’s iPhone and Android apps make it easier than ever to upload your songs to the internet. All you need to do is create your account, then go to the app’s Upload page. From there, you can either choose an audio file to upload or create your own right on the spot.
You can even take your voicemail song and throw it into an audio editing app like GarageBand to add music or play around with the sound so that your first upload to SoundCloud doubles as your first hit single.
Uploading a Song to Your Voicemail
Now you know how to upload a song from your voicemail externally. But have you ever heard a fun jingle or tune on a company’s voicemail that you want to replicate for your own business? This is something you can do pretty easily – and it might be even simpler than you originally thought.
Just open up your voicemail settings, and choose the option to change your voicemail greeting. Then, pull up a recording of the jingle on another device, such as a phone or laptop. Play the sound as you begin to record your new voicemail greeting. This way, when someone gives you a call, they’ll be greeted by whatever song you choose.
SoundCloud is a platform that kickstarted the careers of many mainstream musical artists today, like Post Malon and Billie Eilish. You can help someone achieve those same levels of success without ever being in the same room. All they need to do is send you a voicemail recording.
Have an artist send you a high-quality voicemail recording of their song, then save it through your voicemail app by downloading it as an audio file. After you’ve polished it using the music editing app of your choice, just go to the upload page of SoundCloud and get ready for the listens to roll in.
You can also record a song from an external device to have that saved as your voicemail greeting, too. This is a great way to make your voicemail sound more exciting if a potential client calls and you’re unable to answer the phone.