Soundcloud launches a music streaming subscription service

The formerly free music streaming service Soundcloud is launching a subscription service that will cost $9.99 per  month. Much as Soundcloud hasn’t made a public statement about the subscription service, an update to its iOS app indicates that users will be able to pay $12.99 per month for a service called ‘SoundCloud Go,’

The SoundCloud Go service costs $9.99 per month after a free one month trial and offer access to a “newly expanded catalog” of music as well as offline listening. The app update which you can grab from the App Store right now doesn’t seem to have any visible changes but the company might turn this on using a server-side switch on launch day.

Previously, Soundcloud has been signing agreements with major record labels, including Sony, so it’s likely to have a wide catalogue of music at launch. The major worry is the pricing which is doesn’t favour soundcloud over the competition like Apple Music and Spotify which charge the same $9.99. However there is a  $12.99 charge in the Apple Store which could be due to an additional 30% cut that Apple charges on purchases.

SoundCloud hopes to introduce subscribers to new music using its automated radio stations. A Go subscriber can start a station based on a favorite song, and SoundCloud will automatically create a mix of music that features both major artists and little-known, no-name musicians.

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Soundcloud is joining the like of Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play Music and other but what matters is survival and things don’t look so good for soundcloud.