(Hypebot) – We all knew it was coming. Now it is here the launch of a paid music subscription service, SoundCloud Go, just weeks after closing its final major label deals, arrived sooner than expected; and along with it, broad implications for the entire sector.
SoundCloud has launched a paid music subscription service, SoundCloud Go, in the US.
Sitting atop SoundCloud's popular free tier of user uploaded content, SoundCloud Go's Spotify-like paid features include access to expanded label catalogs, offline listening and ad-free listening of 125 million tracks from the 12 million creators who post there. Rolling out today in the US and in other territories this year, the new service is priced starting $9.99 per month.
SoundCloud Go is available through SoundCloud's existing apps on the iOS App Store and Google Play with a 30-day free trial, after which it will be $9.99 per month for Android and web users and $12.99 for iOS users. Active Pro Unlimited creator subscribers get a discounted rate of $4.99 per month for the first six months.
"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 favorite artists; and for our unique creative community to have the opportunity to be paid for their work," said Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud Founder and CEO. "We are proud to offer the ultimate music streaming choice for both artists and fans and, together with the music industry, enable artists at all stages of their careers to be heard on SoundCloud."
SoundCloud currently boasts a monthly listenership of 175 million monthly worldwide.