SoundCloud have announced a new feature that will see your music distributed to all major streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music. The service is being trialled with SoundCloud Premier users, and the distribution comes at no extra cost on top of the usual Pro and Pro Unlimited monthly fee. SoundCloud have also revealed that users will keep 100% of royalties generated through the new service, on top of the monetisation they already announced on their own platform last October.
“Only SoundCloud empowers creators with a unified platform to instantly upload and share, connect with fans in real-time and get paid for their work everywhere--both on SoundCloud and across other leading music services,” said Kerry Trainor, Chief Executive Officer, SoundCloud.
To be eligible for the new distribution service, users must have a Pro or Pro Unlimited SoundCloud account, own all applicable rights to the music, be over 18, have no copyright strikes against their account and have at least 1,000 plays on their account from the past month "from countries where SoundCloud listener subscriptions and advertising are available".
With Spotify's self-distribution already being trialled and now SoundCloud entering the distro market, it's likely to spark more discussion over the value of digital music and the role of the record label.