SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany. SoundCloud enables its users to upload, promote and share audio. Launched in 2008, SoundCloud has certainly come a long way, beating the likes of Myspace to become a platform where musicians can individually distribute their music.
Digital Distribution Tool
Today, SoundCloud announced that it will be adding a distribution tool to its self-monetization Premier program. The distribution tool will allow users to get their music uploaded to all major streaming services and web stores like Spotify, Apple Music, Beatport, Amazon Music and more. The feature will be free of cost if you’re a SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited subscriber. What comes as a surprise is that while most digital distribution services take a cut, SoundCloud claims that its users will keep 100% of their distribution loyalties and will also keep 100% of their rights for no additional payment. Moreover, payments for plays on all the various streaming platforms will be sent to users straight from SoundCloud.
However, You must meet certain criteria to use SoundCloud’s distribution tool.
- You must be a SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited subscriber
- You must have original music and should be the owner of all applicable rights
- You must be 18 or over
- You must not have any copyright strikes against your music at the time of enrollment
- You should have at least 1000 plays in the past month from countries where SoundCloud listener subscriptions and advertising are available.
This is the criteria users have to meet in order to be eligible to use the distribution tool. It must be noted that the tool is currently in beta and there could be changes to this list in the future.
Eligible creators will be notified via email and in-product notifications beginning today.
You can read more about distribution tool by SoundCloud here.