Have another $10 a month? I hope so because SoundCloud introduced their own monthly subscription. SoundCloud Go has been in the works for years, and the company recently signed a deal with Sony Music, which likely was the final deal to make their streaming music service complete. The streaming music service has 125 million tracks from 12 million artists compared to Spotify’s 30 million songs. SoundCloud, of course, has the smaller artist besides the larger artist, along with one-off free songs from artists like Kayne.
“SoundCloud Go represents our vision of the future of music streaming: a platform for creators to collaborate on; for fans to discover the latest tracks, enjoy legendary music and connect with their favorite artists; and for our unique creative community to have the opportunity to be paid for their work,” said Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud Founder and CEO.
SoundCloud Go offers offline play, ad-free streaming, and if you’re a content creator with SoundCloud Unlimited the monthly subscription is only $4.99 for the first 6 months. After those first 6 months, the price goes up to $10 making creators pay $20 a month for creator tools and the SoundCloud Go features. A hefty price for any service but only a small amount of users creating music will possibly pay for both subscriptions.
SoundCloud Go looks like the best alternative to Spotify if you want music discovery and a music community. This service also comes at a time when Tidal is offering more exclusive and taking away large artist like Taylor Swift and Kayne from Spotify’s streaming library. SoundCloud is the only alternative to Spotify’s curated playlist with their large music community who includes everyone from music junkies to music creators. All in all, SoundCloud feels more like a social network that revolves around music, and other audio.
I already have enough services from Hulu to YouTube Red, but the idea of a larger music library on SoundCloud is tempting. Tell us in the comments below if you’re going to subscribe to SoundCloud Go or stay with another streaming service like Spotify or Tidal!