SoundCloud Go adds features for not only just a price
SoundCloud may be struggling hard to fight against the relative success of streaming services, but the most visible way it’s doing so right now is in the launching of its own paid service. The platform’s addressing that issue today with the launch of its SoundCloud Go service.
For $9.99 a month, you get playlists based off of songs you choose, offline caching, ad-free play plus access to the full versions of some 15-million-plus newly added hits from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and others. This pales in the face of Apple Music’s, Spotify’s and Tidal’s 30 million subscriber exclusives.
SoundCloud Go is also plagued as a work in progress: new additions aren’t being sorted into album-oriented playlists that make searching for them — much less a song from a particular album — any easy. What’s worse is that a ton of star artists like One Direction, Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t seem to have songs on SoundCloud and new artists being introduced aren’t even getting their whole albums put in.
Here’s the biggest catch: while this may be in addition to the 110 million songs on the platform right now, some of the big artists who already put their content onto SoundCloud are locking songs down for regular listeners. Owl City and J-Pop group Perfume are just a couple of the artists that have had what were once-full tracks now get shortened to 30-second previews. Musicians looking to squeeze some money from SoundCloud might just be able switch some of their tracks over to Go.
So, will Go work for SoundCloud and get black ink onto the balance sheets or will it work against the service? Find out for yourself: it’s offering a 30-day free trial of Go. Hit the source link for that.