5 weeks after launching their first ever subscription service in the US, ‘SoundCloud Go’ has arrived in the UK and Ireland.
SoundCloud Go is the debut of a paid service for listeners, not artists, on the platform. It launched for American customers on the 29th of March and just over a month later it’s spreading to the UK and Ireland.
With SoundCloud Go you get to listen to all your favourite music without advertisements and gain access to more music than on SoundCloud free. For example Kanye West made his much talked about recent album, The Life of Pablo, available on SoundCloud exclusively to Go subscribers.
With over 125 million tracks available to listen to without interruption you can build your own playlists featuring any tracks spanning SoundCloud Go’s expansive catalog. For comparison Spotify only has roughly 30 million tracks. On top of all that you can save any of the available tracks for offline listening on mobile devices.
SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung spoke on their new subscription offering, saying: “We think of Go as an expanded version of the normal SoundCloud. It’s not like a different app or anything, it should feel the same. We tend to have a younger audience. It’s less of a spreadsheet and more of a Snapchat in terms of how you actually interact with it.
“It’s not so stale, it’s not just a utility. It’s actually something that’s alive. And just the fact that you can now build a playlist, for example, with the new Kanye album and remixes of it that don’t exist anywhere else, that’s a really special and unique experience. We are bringing a whole new revenue stream to the entire industry by thinking about how we can monetise derivative content.”
SoundCloud Go is available now to those in the UK and Ireland for £9.99 a month, or £4.99 a month with a SoundCloud Pro Unlimited account. They haven’t given any dates for further expansions of their paid service but told Reuters: “We are planning to roll out to multiple territories this year. We are looking at a couple of years to really take this to the whole world.”
RouteNote Artists: If your music is already monetised on SoundCloud then it will be eligible for SoundCloud Go from the beginning. If you haven’t yet joined our SoundCloud Network then please login to your account and add your SoundCloud channel to receive monetisation, unlimited uploads, and more.