SoundCloud Launches Paid Subscription Service

"SoundCloud Go" is the company's answer to subscription-based streaming

Hopping aboard the subscription streaming train, SoundCloud has just launched a new paid service called SoundCloud GO.

SoundCloud GO is the comapny’s answer to the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, offering user the ability to listen to tracks while offline. The new deal allows users to access music from 3 major and over 20,000 independent labels. Soundcloud’s free database still remains available to subscribers and non subscribers.

The new service became available today in the U.S. for $9.99 USD for Android and desktop users and $12.99 for iOS users, while a Canadian and international release date has not yet been specified. SoundCloud also offers a free 30-day trial.

In a press release CEO Alexander Ljung said:

“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.”

SoundCloud initially revealed their intentions to build a subscription service back in 2014, creating licensing deals with several major labels. Despite these deals, the new service’s database pales in comparison to other streaming service giants.

Is it worth the subscription cost? Only time will tell.