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.

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    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.
    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.

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    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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    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.
     
  4. TrenttonY, Feb 19, 2019
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    I wish you could limit the content Apple Music, suggests to you in both “For You”, “Browse”, and when your searching in “Search”.

    Like limit by Genre *cough* Rap/HipHop, or by decade/year.

    Now that would be a truly personlized experience.
     
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    Every time I’ve brought this up many argue that Rap/HipHop is the most popular genre and you’ll get those recommendations because “everyone” loves them. I don’t love them, so don’t recommend them. Ya dig?
     
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    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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    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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    Were you using Apple Music?
    I lost some stuff and meta data was messed around with a few albums at least (nothing major luckily). But that was the last time I used the Apple Music “cloud sync library” and have not paid for Apple Music since.
    Spotify works the best for me
     
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    Apple have never purposely removed non-iTunes store purchased content.

    It was clearly a bug or fault that caused this, so please don't espouse incorrect facts as somehow true.

    In fact, Apple encouraged people to import their CD collection as a main selling point, still have decent functionality today to do so, and I do it several times a month, as I never have bought lossy iTunes content ever, and so import to lossless ALAC instead.
    (converting to my 512GB iPhone XS Max as 256kb AAC, using this function in iTunes software.)
     
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    That’s so true! We should have less diversity in music and no new people should be allowed to start. That way we can all remember who our favourites are.
     
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    You may want to do some research before you go full on fanboy. It happened to a LOT of people.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8189516
     
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    Clearly you can't read. I said this was not a deliberate act from Apple, but a bug.

    You do have backups, right? If so, use it, and stop overblowing facts that aren't true into conspiracy theories.
     
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    As everybody who has canvas and painting set, suddenly over saturated a painting market. Does anyone remember that Czech bloke? Ah, Alphonse Mucha.

    Music industry is not a quality powered but money powered machine. Turn the radio on. Most of nowadays music sounds the same. And if you not like it, after hearing it 100x you will like it.

    And most of people who make music for love of music, make money by having live concerts, if they are lucky enough
     
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    Triggered much? Clearly YOU can't read. I said I had backups but backed up the lost library several times before I realized the songs were missing. You have proof it wasn't removed intentionally as part of some copyright games? No you don't. Because you don't work for Apple and have no idea what they do and don't do. Long live EnglandStan....
     
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    "EnglandStan...." – you really are as thick as you sound.
     
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    Actually I am quite slim:p
     

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