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SoundCloud Launches Subscription Model To Compensate Artists

SoundCloud finally addresses its biggest complaint by launching a new subscription model tailored to fairly compensating artists for sharing their work.

Up-and-coming artists, and even acclaimed superstars, have taken to posting their work on the beloved SoundCloud platform over the years. Looking to pivot and expand, the sound file platform has announced that they will be introducing a subscription service.

The Berlin-based company announced that its new SoundCloud Go will initially begin in the US, offering unlimited listening without ads, and allow subscribers to save music to listen to when offline.

The new subscription service hopes to generate a better payment for artists, who have long complained that the site provides measly compensation to artists uploading their work. "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 favourite artists; and for our unique creative community to have the opportunity to be paid for their work," Alexander Ljung, the company's Founder and Chief Executive, said in a statement.

SoundCloud Go subscriptions will cost $9.99 a month on Google's Android system and $12.99 a month on Apple's iOS, and new subscribers will be given a free one-month trial. As it stands, SoundCloud has over 175 million listeners worldwide, and although their new model will begin in the US, it is unclear when the service will be available globally.