SoundCloud's New Tool Lets Artists Distribute Music Directly to Apple Music and Spotify

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SoundCloud today announced a new feature that allows creators to distribute their music directly to major streaming music services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music (via Billboard). The tool will be included in SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited subscription tiers for artists, and each artist will get 100 percent of earnings back from each streaming platform, meaning SoundCloud won't take any cuts and won't charge additional distribution fees.


Artists on SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited who are 18 years or older, control all rights to their original music, have no copyright strikes, and have garnered at least 1,000 plays in the past month will be able to use the tool. These eligible artists will now see a distribution button within the track manager section of SoundCloud, prompting them to select from a list of distribution channels like ‌Apple Music‌, and schedule their release.

Last September, Spotify launched a beta for a service similar to SoundCloud's, allowing indie artists to bypass distributors and upload their music directly to the service. SoundCloud is now expanding this idea to support all streaming services, and the company hopes that these companies see it more as a location to scout new up-and-coming artists rather than another streaming rival.

"SoundCloud isn’t, nor ever was, meant to be a one-way, mass streaming experience," Trainor explains. "Streaming has risen, people are paying for music again and it’s fantastic what all the major streaming services are doing there. But what SoundCloud has been about, always, is empowering creators and giving that connection between creator and listener. Our overall position is about continuing to invest in that -- it’s not about trying to chase those other mass services."

While SoundCloud does offer a monthly streaming music service that is a competitor to ‌Apple Music‌ and Spotify, the company's major difference is in its community of artists who create and share their music on the platform. With the expansion of direct uploads to ‌Apple Music‌ and Spotify, these creators will now have even more outlets for their music to be heard.


SoundCloud Pro starts at $6/month and Pro Unlimited $12/month (both billed yearly). At the Pro and Pro Unlimited level, artists can schedule releases, check full stats on tracks, gain access to full embed controls, replace tracks, and now distribute unlimited releases to all major music services. At this point, SoundCloud notes that this tool is still in beta.

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17 months ago
This article makes SoundCloud sound like a great benefit to indie artists. Which seems contradictory to this Verge article from a few months ago: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/26/17968694/soundcloud-new-artist-contract-indie-musicians-label
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17 months ago
I found out 2 years ago that I lost about half of the CDs (all legal purchases) I had ripped into iTunes. And before I realized it happened I did my triple backups several times (I use Carbon Copy Cloner) so by the time I realized what iTunes had done (some sort of copyright jihad), all the deleted songs were nowhere to be found. And with triple backup I felt ok giving all my ripped CDs to the local library. Of course all the music I purchased and downloaded from iTunes was still there. Apple purposely assumed copyright infringement and deleted my LEGALLY PURCHASED content. I can never forgive Apple for this. I hate iTunes and have decided to find an alternative.
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17 months ago
This point in time marks the era, where music and video (movies, tv shows) will start growing endlessly, with no proper quality checks, and making it difficult for consumers to have a “favourite”.

This entertainment bubble will burst very badly. And unless the creater isn’t very successful, his music or video will not be widely recognised.
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17 months ago

This point in time marks the era, where music and video (movies, tv shows) will start growing endlessly, with no proper quality checks, and making it difficult for consumers to have a “favourite”.

This entertainment bubble will burst very badly. And unless the creater isn’t very successful, his music or video will not be widely recognised.

That is nothing new at all. 99.9% of all music created is never widely recoginized. Only the top 0.1% gets widespread media attention and it costs millions of dollars to make that happen. The music industry is a closed market.

The best that independent musicians can hope for is earnings from live performances and touring. Services like SoundCloud can help market that. But touring can be very difficult when there are hundreds of other bands competing for limited venue availability.
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