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SoundCloud Rap Is Thriving While SoundCloud Is Dying

SoundCloud is in trouble. Earlier this month, the streaming platform laid off nearly half its workforce, positioning the move as what it needs to do…
Tom Breihan | July 26, 2017 - 2:08 pm

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Streaming War Pigs: Apple, Tidal, Spotify, & The Year In Music Services

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I…
Michael Nelson | December 17, 2015 - 11:02 am

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Justice Department Ties Emo Rap To Opioid Epidemic

An obscure SoundCloud rapper known as New Jerzey Devil, born Michael Jones, was arrested yesterday and charged with distributing heroin and fentanyl that resulted in…
Tosten Burks / Spin | October 4, 2018 - 9:32 pm

SoundCloud Reportedly Reduces Audio Quality

SoundCloud recently changed its streaming audio format from 128kbps MP3 to 64kbps Opus, Pigeons & Planes reports, effectively reducing the platform's audio quality. Although Opus…
Peter Helman | January 4, 2018 - 7:01 pm

SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO

The SoundCloud death watch has ended. The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain…
Dawn Chmielewski / Billboard | August 11, 2017 - 12:11 pm

Chance The Rapper Is Working To Save SoundCloud

Things aren't looking good for SoundCloud. Last week, the company laid off 40% of its staff in an effort to stay afloat and remain independent,…
James Rettig | July 14, 2017 - 5:39 pm

SoundCloud Lays Off 40% Of Staff In An Effort To Stay Independent

SoundCloud Ltd. will lay off 40% of its staff in an effort to cut costs and stay independent amidst ongoing rumors that the company will…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 6, 2017 - 11:25 am

SoundCloud Acquisition Rumors Heat Up Again

SoundCloud is a vastly popular streaming platform that has been hemorrhaging money for years, so you shouldn't be surprised that the people behind the site…
Tom Breihan | July 5, 2017 - 9:25 am

Spotify Reportedly In “Advanced Talks” To Buy SoundCloud

SoundCloud has had a rough go of its move toward monetization, but it's still the most important and influential service on the planet for unsigned…
Michael Nelson | September 28, 2016 - 5:32 pm

SoundCloud Launches Subscription Service

Last year, a leaked contract showed that SoundCloud was planning on entering the streaming-service wars, and SoundCloud confirmed those reports back in January. And now,…
Tom Breihan | March 29, 2016 - 10:18 am

SoundCloud Is Launching A Paid Subscription Service, Too

Back in the summer of 2015, a leaked contract confirmed that SoundCloud would soon jump on the streaming service subscription bandwagon. The site's been looking…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 13, 2016 - 10:47 am

SoundCloud Confirms Royalty Deal With 20,000 Independent Labels

SoundCloud has long been a key force in the increasingly crowded streaming world, but the site has faltered in one crucial area: revenue. Without many…
Caitlin White | June 4, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Leaked Contract Confirms SoundCloud Is Plotting A Subscription Service

A leaked contract has confirmed that SoundCloud will indeed jump on the subscription bandwagon. The Fader reports that the streaming service, which has been looking…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 3, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Madeon Accuses Sony Music Of “Holding Artists Hostage” By Removing Their Music From SoundCloud

SoundCloud might be a great streaming platform for most of the world, but if you're one of the people in charge of making sure money…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2015 - 4:40 pm

Sony Pulls Adele, Miguel, Passion Pit, & More From SoundCloud Due To “A Lack Of Monetization Opportunities”

SoundCloud doesn't waste enough of your time with unskippable ads. That seems the be the thinking at Sony, anyway. Billboard reports that the media giant…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2015 - 4:28 pm