Regarding Those SoundCloud Layoffs

173 out of 420 employees – 41% of staff – are being made redundant. San Francisco and London offices are closing, leaving New York and the headquarters here in Berlin.

SoundCloud cuts 41% of staff as streaming music business melts down

I used to post a full length track from each album on SoundCloud, but I replaced them with short edits when they started charging listeners. At the same time, I cancelled my SoundCloud Pro account: why should I pay to post if they charge people to listen? Especially when they don’t pass those revenues on to independent guys like me?

I fully understand that free levels remain available to both listeners and creators, but by shifting to a business model that charges listeners without compensating most of the contributors is a business model I cannot support: the conflict of interest is so strong.

There embeddable players sure are flexible, though…

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