SoundCloud has 4 different payment plans free, pro, pro unlimited and premier. The free plan is of no charge to the user but has limits for example you have 3 hours worth of upload time, plenty for a casual up loader that is not looking for a career from their music. The pro plan doubles the upload time to 6 hours, “pro unlimited” gives you unlimited upload time the pro plan also gives you statistical information about your uploads such as who’s listening to them, what country in the world is listening to it and more. whereas the pro unlimited plan gives even more in-depth statistics such as what city listeners are in. these plans are limited to 2GB per upload and 30 hours per week which should be plenty unless you were a huge band uploading your whole back catalogue. The premier plan is currently “invite only” but will allow people on the premier plan to make revenue from their uploads with ads similar to monetising videos on youtube.
as briefly mentioned in a previous blog, SoundCloud has really been struggling these past few years getting by only via funding meaning that they will have to change how their site works this could potentially mean no free option. If it was up to me i would allow there to be free accounts but these free accounts have no upload time, instead they are there to just listen and follow people. SoundCloud have recently come to agreements with a number of music labels to support their streaming services. The labels they have agreements with are Warner Music Group, Universal and Merlin and have very recently made an agreement with Sony Music the reason for these agreements is their recent run in with the PRS, the royalty collection society for recorded music. The PRS stopped their legal procedures when SoundCloud agreed to license their subscription streaming service.
This streaming service is sort of a last port of call for SoundCloud, if they continue to lose money the way they are they are likely to lose the funding they are currently receiving. Here’s hoping that SoundCloud make it through because it is a great place for people to get into making music and a great place for people to share their music without it i think the only other option would be YouTube but as it is not designed for music it would be much harder to find new artists the way that you can on SoundCloud.