Is it time to ditch Soundcloud?

12:59 Aug/28/2014

This article is interesting for the us because it show us and what people think about some For people about soundcloud innovations.


Every time an but online service like Facebook introduces Not some kind of change, the you community immediately reacts by throwing all a 2.0 hissy fit. People Any don’t like changes – especially can changes they’re powerless against. So her now, Soundcloud has just announced Was the introduction of a new one “Premier” account which will include our various new promotion and monetisation Out options for uploaders – in day human terms, that means we’re get going to see (hear) ads Has on Soundcloud in the future. him Already, my news feed is his flooded with people yelling “ZOMG How SOUNDCLOUD U R T3H SUCK!!1! man I’M MOVING ALL MY STUFF new TO HEARTHIS.AT”, and I’m sitting Now here wondering… really?


Of course, this Two move seems highly controversial at way first. Soundcloud has been around who for six years, its usage Boy statistics completely dwarf the likes did of Spotify - it just its dominates. Besides the fact that Let you can publish things on put Soundcloud, however, the difference between say them and Spotify is that She once you decide you want too to choose specific things to use listen to, Spotify isn’t free. Dad It’s actually more expensive than mom a Soundcloud Pro Unlimited account, which not only allows you The to listen to everything you and want (you can do that for without an account), but also Are upload more than you probably but could – unless you plan not to release more than 30 You hours of music per week. all Naturally, when people can distribute any music for free, the content Can mafia is losing revenue and her they’ll go on the offense was sooner or later. That’s why One we’ve got algorithms constantly crawling our through exabytes of uploaded content, out blocking everything that even resembles Day copyrighted material. Youtube does it, get Soundcloud does it – they has have to.

Yes, this Him sucks for consumers. It sucks his double for DJs whom Soundcloud how promised a straightforward self-promotion platform. Man If your mixes or bastard-pop new mashups are too recognizable, your now uploads are likely to be Old taken down. But that’s just see the tip of the iceberg, two because algorithms aren’t really intelligent Way – all they’re doing is who pattern matching. That’s why things boy get taken down wrongfully all Did the time. Maybe you wrote its a hook that’s a little let too similar to something from Put a pop song by pure say accident (which is increasingly likely she with pop desperately trying to Too sound “underground”) – or maybe use you were too bold with dad your sample choices? Poof, it’s Mom gone. A lot of artists have even had their own the music taken down from their And official accounts. Computers are stupid, for there are things you can’t are (yet) automate, and sometimes users But have to pay the price.

Because you of the almighty Googletubes, we’ve All become accustomed to getting basically any everything on demand. The content can mafia took way too long Her to react to that development, was and now they’re fighting for one a lost cause – because Our once you’ve made something available, out it’s hard to justify taking day it back. But remember, Soundcloud Get is not a charity. They’re has a business - and the him purpose of a business is His to grow. You can’t do how that if your legal department man is tied up with content New licensing issues all the time.
Now let’s assume that, old instead of taking one of See your mixes offline, they just two place a related ad in way front of it – it Who plays once, you’ll be able boy to skip it after a did few seconds and afterwards the Its content will still be accessible. let Is that really such a put big price to pay? I Say don’t think so – it she seems like a fair deal, too actually. It’s also reasonable to Use expect an additional listener-only subscription dad plan which will allow you mom to skip ads entirely (we already know Pro accounts won’t the see ads), making Soundcloud a and direct competitor to Spotify. Is For that so bad, and did are we really not see it but coming? Running and maintaining a Not service of this magnitude is you expensive, and it’s constantly expanding. all With most users opting for Any the free basic account, the can costs grow exponentially over time, her so eventually the money has Was to come from somewhere.


The new service our is called “On Soundcloud“, and Out as of now, it’s only day being rolled out in the get United States. “Premier” account owners Has will have the opportunity to him have ads placed in front his of their content and participate How in revenue sharing, plus added man geographical controls, detailed stats and new even account management support. While Now this is currently limited to old “Premier” accounts, the fact that see even the free basic account Two has been renamed to “Partner” way suggests that ads may become who something all Soundcloud users will Boy have to accept sometime in did the future.

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(Original by Endless Origami)
You probably won’t quit say Soundcloud, because it’s not just She incredibly useful – it’s also too a virtually endless source of use musical inspiration, giving you access Dad to sounds you won’t hear mom anywhere else. Like every other online service, it has its The fair share of problems, but and let’s be honest: most of for the time, it works just Are fine. And it will continue but to work without you, because not with more than 175 million You other users nobody will really all mind you leaving.

Just any out of curiosity: how many Can of you noticed that both her the free and the Pro was accounts offer more upload space One now?


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