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SoundCloud

Ads on SoundCloud are coming?

This morning SoundCloud introduced a brand new account type called “Premier”:

“At the Premier partner level, creators will have the opportunity to make money from their tracks through advertising. It also includes Pro features and more benefits. At launch, entry to the Premier tier is by invitation. Monetization occurs only on content when it’s played in the US. We’ll open up the program to more creators and more countries as fast as we can.

The introduction of advertising is an important step for creators. Every time you see or hear an ad, an artist gets paid. If you’re in the US, you’ll start to experience occasional ads from our brand partners. We’re bringing ads on gradually. In addition to supporting creators, ads will keep the service free and open for people to listen to SoundCloud.”

We’re all know how annoying video ads on YouTube are, so I bet something similar will happen with SoundCloud as from now we will be forced to listen to ads.

What do you think about that changes?

2014   Question   SoundCloud

SoundCloud alternatives

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First of all, I’m an active SoundCloud user since 2011, and I love it. At least I did, until they blocked my mixes (for a few times) and even blocked my own track. The way SoundCloud is going scares me. Pay for the most expensive music platform (it costs 9 €/Moth since their recent price policy updates, but before it was 59 €/Month) with a chance to being permanently blocked one day — no, thanks.

I don’t want to completely move from SoundCloud to another platform for now, but I want to be ready when it happens. And you guys, too.

So what alternatives do we have?


YouTube

Sounds kinda weird, but being basically a video platform, YouTube is also the World’s largest search engine for audio content.

Pros:

— №1 World’s music search engine;
— Many people use it already, so everyone familiar with it;
— Might be good for tracks previews;
— It’s free.

Cons:

— Although it good for tracks, it’s unhandy for uploading and listening long mixes;
— No widgets with beautiful waveforms;
— Annoying ads;
— No easy way to download content (it is possible using 3rd party apps only);
— Your uploads may be shut down as YouTube have auto content protection system, similar to SoundCloud.

http://youtube.com


Mixcloud

Another big and well-known music platform.

Pros:

— Although Mixcloud wasn’t good at start, now it looking good, both in design and functionality;
— Mixcloud pays royalties to artists you mentioned in tracklist, so your uploads will not be blocked for sure;
— Waveform widget for website embeds;
— It’s free (for the most part of functionality).

Cons:

— It designed for mixes only, so tracks could not be uploaded;
Very annoying ads (although you can remove it using pro plans starting at $7/Month);
— No download option at all, streaming only.

http://mixcloud.com

Update on 04.08.2014: Bye-bye, Mixcloud?


HearThis

Being honest I had no idea about this service until saw Facebook post of F-Act, one of my favorite Progressive Trance/House producer (by the way he did an amazing guest mix in Rave Podcast earlier this year). He completely moving from Soundcloud to HearThis, so I decide to check out this service too.

Pros:

— User-friendly design, pretty similar to SoundCoud with the previous layout;
— Beautiful waveforms and embed widgets;
— Pro plan has a lot of nice features and cost 2 €/Month, which is very fair enough;
— Download option with bit rate you choose;
— A nice way to discover music by locations on the map in additional to tags and normal genre categories.

Cons:

— HearThis seems a very new platform, so it doesn’t have much audience (although looks promising);
— I didn’t found anything about royalties and such stuff, now once it grew up, there is a chance it will go way as SoundCloud does.

https://hearthis.at

Update on 30.07.2014: HearThis in-depth review


Mixcrate

Although I heard some positive feedback about this service, to me it looks kinda outdated and uncomfortable (I tried, really). Anyway, some of you may find it good, so it in the list.

Pros:

— Established service;
— It’s free.

Cons:

— It designed for mixes only, so tracks could not be uploaded;
— Pretty outdated design and UI;
— Uploads have 190 Mb limit, so long mixes can be uploaded in very low bit rate only.


Which else services do you know?

Do you know or use any other good services? Post it in the comments below. I’d also love to hear your feedback about services listed above, what’s your experience?

2014   HearThis   Marketing   SoundCloud   YouTube

What?

Soundcloud has blocked my own track, again:

— my face after reading this
2014   SoundCloud   WTF

The most idiotic content protection system

Today I tried to upload my guest mix recently aired on Tenzi FM to Soundcloud, and that is what I’ve got:

Of course, I contacted to the label’s manager. Of course, I sent a dispute form. But with no any additional email notifications, they just closed my case:

So I’m a DJ, with a legal copy of the track, with written permission direct from the label’s manager, still got the set blocked because ‘Our automatic content protection system has detected that your sound may contain the copyright content’. Stupid robots!

Inconceivable!

I love Soundcloud as sound sharing service with powerful engine and beautiful design, but seriously, guys, your content protection system is just sucks!

2013   SoundCloud   WTF