How many users do Spotify, Apple Music and other big music streaming services have?
Sometimes the statistics around how many people are streaming music – and how many are paying for it – can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. Recently, for example, we've seen one story suggesting that Amazon...
February 19, 2020
SiriusXM takes $75m stake in SoundCloud with two board seats
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM owns Pandora, but now it has a minority stake in SoundCloud too. The company announced a $75m investment in the streaming service yesterday, which will see it also take two seats on SoundCloud’s...
February 12, 2020
SoundCloud’s 2018: £108m of revenues and a £32m net loss
SoundCloud has published its financial results for 2018, which you can read here via its filings page on the UK’s Companies House website. The streaming service grew its revenues by 19.1% year-on-year to £108m (around...
January 20, 2020
SoundCloud-Rap deaths spark renewed debate about wellbeing
The death of artist Juice WRLD earlier this week is still raw in the minds of his fans, friends and the teams that worked with him. It’s important, as in any case like this, to avoid jumping to conclusions and assigning...
December 11, 2019
SoundCloud abandons plans to change its upload limits
SoundCloud has moved quickly to address unrest from its creator community at planned changes to its upload limits. On 9 December, the streaming service was due to introduce new rules for creators who don’t pay for a Pro...
December 6, 2019
SoundCloud Promote tool lets artists pay to boost their tracks
SoundCloud has launched Promote for users of the platform to help them better push tracks to listeners. The self-service tool is part of SoundCloud’s Premier tier for users to assist them in getting their music in front...
November 13, 2019
Audius takes on SoundCloud… but takedowns could get interesting
Music Ally first wrote about blockchain-music startup Audius just over a year ago, when the company raised a $5.5m funding round (a traditional one, not an ICO) for a platform described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’....
September 25, 2019
Chance the Rapper reaches 1bn-streams milestone on SoundCloud
Eight years after uploading his first track to SoundCloud, Chance the Rapper has passed the milestone of 1bn streams on the service. It’s no surprise that SoundCloud is shouting about it: Chance is ‘the first independent...
August 19, 2019
SoundCloud launches new video series for artists and creators
SoundCloud is the latest music-streaming service using videos to teach artists how to use its platform. The company has launched a nine-part video series called SC101, which will also spawn some live events. It’s describing the...
August 14, 2019
SoundCloud subscription tier expands to more countries
Over the past year and a half, SoundCloud’s strategic focus has been mostly about tools and services for musicians and other audio creators, with less of the limelight for the consumer-subscription tier it launched in 2016....
June 5, 2019
Apple names Pink Sweat$ as its latest ‘Up Next’ artist
Philadelphia-based R&B star Pink Sweat$ is the latest artist to get the Apple ‘Up Next’ treatment, following in the footsteps of the likes of Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Bad Bunny and H.E.R. The campaign will include...
April 25, 2019
SoundCloud adds more ‘handcrafted’ playlists to its service
Good playlist curators are in demand in the modern streaming market. The latest service shouting about its tune-pickers is SoundCloud, which launched a selection of new “handcrafted” playlists yesterday. They include...
March 28, 2019