Music streaming provider SoundCloud had been offering a free service for years and decided to launch a paid premium service called SoundCloud Go in March over in the US. Now the premium option is available in Australia and New Zealand. Read on to find out what you'll get with SoundCloud Go.
SoundCloud is entering a competitive market that is dominated by the likes of Spotify, Pandora and, more recently, Apple Music. But SoundCloud's advantage is that it has a huge catalogue of songs that aren't available on all the other streaming services. It's a platform favoured by independent musicians. By the end of 2014, the same year it launched its advertising program, it had over 175 million users globally.
Despite its popularity, SoundCloud has been suffering financially as it struggled to monetise the service until recently. It remains to be seen if SoundCloud Go will turn its fortunes around but it's encouraging to see the paid service expand to the Southern Hemisphere.
So what will you be getting when you pay for SoundCloud Go, which costs $11.99 per month?
- On top of the music free users can already listen to, SoundCloud Go grants access to an expanded catalogue of over 135 million tracks.
- Offline listening.
- Ad-free listening.
SoundCloud Go is available on the official website or through the Apple iOS and Google Android apps. It costs $11.99 per month and you can get a free 30-day trial when you sign up. For iOS users, there is a surcharge when you sign up through the app but that can be avoided by visiting soundcloud.com/go instead.
The free SoundCloud service will remain and will continue to be supported by advertising.
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