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SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

The SoundCloud shutdown has had a last-minute reprieve, with a new financing round saving the popular podcast and music sharing site from its imminent demise. The site had made sizable redundancies in July, axing 173 members of its team in an attempt to curtail costs, but fears persisted that it would be forced to shut down altogether if it couldn't make ends meet. Now, SoundCloud says, that's not a worry, though there'll be some changes ahead.

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SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

While still an underdog in the streaming music market, SoundCloud is still pushing ahead with new updates and features. Or, in the case of their iOS app, an update with an old feature that's been on Android for some time now. The streaming service's app for iPhone and iPad has just been updated to support Google Chromecast, allowing users to play music through more devices. At least it's better late than never.

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SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

Not all great music has to come from big record labels. Some come from less known indie artists who might have a hard time getting on the likes of Spotify or even the now more indie-friendly Apple Music. SoundCloud has always offered a home for musicians, whether indie or label but recently it has jumped on the streaming subscription bandwagon. A month shy of the anniversary SoundCloud Go, the service is shuffling things a bit. Now there is SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+.

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SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

When you think of music streaming services, you are most likely to think of brands like Spotify and Apple Music first. Maybe even Tidal because of controversy. Chances are, unless you're already an avid user, you aren't going to think of SoundCloud instantly. To help fix that situation, SoundCloud has proclaimed the arrival of its subscription-based, ad-free, label-supported SoundCloud Go service to Sonos, allowing subscribers to take their music with them anywhere in the house. From speakers, not just their phones.

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SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud is rolling out a new feature called Suggested Tracks to all of its supported platforms, the company has announced. The feature monitors a user’s listening activity and uses that to determine what new artists and tracks the user may enjoy, offering them up as suggestions. This feature is made possible via a machine learning algorithm, says SoundCloud. With it, the company is better positioned to attract those interested in listening to music, an audience largely focused on Spotify and similar competitors.

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Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of music streaming. It is, however, the top dog, perhaps along with Bandcamp, when you think about indie music streaming. Today, however, Soundcloud is playing in the big leagues. It has just confirmed and announced its much rumored subscription tier, offering more serious subscribers a chance to take their music offline or listen without the interruption of ads. However, it also mark's the service's foray into record label territory, offering titles from the likes of Sony and UMG.

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SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud has announced a new partnership with Sony Music that furthers its proper licensing deals and gives it official access to more than 110 million audio tracks. The company says it will soon be adding a bunch of music from artists represented by Sony Music Entertainment, though there’s no timeframe provided for when that’ll happen. On the user end of things, it simply means the number of available tracks will increase soon.

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Soundcloud Stations music discovery teeters on Apple Music turf

Soundcloud Stations music discovery teeters on Apple Music turf

Ever since Apple got into the music streaming biz, the market has heated up, with more and more services adding features to place themselves above the crowd. One of the most unlikely players in that market is following suit. Soundcloud has just announced the addition of a Stations feature on its iOS and Android apps. Its purpose may be simple, to help users discover more music, but, in the grand scheme of Soundcloud's plans, it might be taking it closer to competing with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

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SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.

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SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud has struck a deal with PRS for Music concerning a music license that covers multiple territories. According to PRS, the deal is retroactive, covering SoundCloud’s use of PRS’s library for the entirety of its existence; it also covers SoundCloud’s planned subscription service and advertising. SoundCloud and lack of royalty payments have been a big issue for the company, one it has started addressing more extensively.

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SoundCloud faces lawsuit over alleged failure to pay royalties

SoundCloud faces lawsuit over alleged failure to pay royalties

Contentions regarding SoundCloud and the payment of royalties has been long-running, and now the audio streaming service is facing a lawsuit from Performing Rights Society for Music, more commonly referred to as PRS. The entity advised its members recently that it has sought for SoundCloud to “recognize their responsibilities” repeatedly; PRS states SoundCloud requires a license to operate in Europe and the United Kingdom. PRS went further and issued a press statement advising that it has “no choice” in the matter, and that after a half a decade of failed negotiations, it must proceed with a lawsuit.

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SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

In late May SoundCloud released its app for the Apple Watch, expanding its reach on Apple devices while lending additional features for those with the new wearable. Now it has followed that up with another update for its iOS app, one the maker calls "significant" as it brings many features like new playback controls and improved sharing functionality. The update is available now from the App Store, so if you haven't updated yet be sure to do so.

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