Soundcloud wants to offer a wider integration with other streaming services and this particular development hopes to favor both Artists and music lovers
Yes, if you are a regular on the Soundcloud, here is something that may likely appeal to you. The streaming service, on Tuesday, announced a new service it calls ‘Premier distribution’. The tool is capable of distributing content to external services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Instagram, Pandora, and Napster. SoundCloud will not be asking for a cut either. Artists keep all the rights to their work and receive 100 percent of the money earned from cross-platform plays.
According to our source, the platform is not only after the distribution of music, but it also seems to be interested in hosting a central payment channel for other streaming services, more like saying the platform wants to transition itself from a hosting service to a distribution hub. Also, while the new development may attract a lot of shady transaction, Soundcloud has created a tool that will verify or check activities to ensure the content being distributed is original works and not material falling under someone else’s copyright. There are also a few limitations on what content can go out.
Classical works, podcasts, audiobooks, and white noise are not allowed as are remixes, mashups, DJ sets and other content that lies in that sketchy gray area of copyright law. Users trying to distribute contraband content will have it removed from SoundCloud and will be kicked out of the Premier monetization program. SoundCloud has already started notifying those users eligible for the beta. Eligibility requirements include having a Pro or Pro Unlimited subscription in good standing. Accounts must have no copyright strikes and own the rights to all posted content. Users must also be at least 18 years of age and have 1,000 or more plays over the last month.
Once in the beta, users will find a “Distribute” button on their track manager dashboard. They will then need to add some metadata and select which services to use. Artist will even have control over when the content goes live by sending it out immediately or scheduling a release date. Content validation times may vary from service to service.