SoundCloud and Sony Reach a Deal, Subscription Service to Follow 

Soundcloud, the online music platform that’s spent the last year or so taking a dramatic journey from chill to unchill, has reached an agreement with Sony Music, its former archenemy. The two companies have agreed to a licensing deal ending the label ban on artists like Kesha and Kelly Clarkson using the platform;…

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How Soundcloud's Corporate-Friendly Overhaul Fucked Over One Small Podcast

In February 2012, two friends and I started a podcast. It wasn’t a complex idea. They’re two straight male comedians and one day, they made a joke about doing a dating advice podcast in which they’d advise only non-straight males. Why would anyone want their advice, was the hilarious joke. I took it seriously. That…

Rating Every Great (& Shitty) Soundcloud Remix of Adele's 'Hello' So Far

Despite Adele having broken records, brains, and hearts with her new, blue single “Hello,” everyone knows that a hit isn’t really a hit until it has accrued a gaggle of dance remixes on Soundcloud, ideally half of which are no-turning-back terrible. Luckily, if there’s ever a hitmaker, it’s Adele. In this very serious…

Can Soundcloud Become Any Less Chill? Apparently Yes.

Soundcloud’s become particularly unchill by running ads between your favorite DJ mixes. This is after they jacked up prices for accounts and suspending mixes that didn’t include “licensed music.” Now they’re removing DJ mixes again through new copyright infringement software that can only be imagined as the sentinels…

What the Heck Is Going on With Instagram and Soundcloud Right Now?

Some questions: Why does SoundCloud, sweet cloudpunk tweenrave trap-remix oasis, have ads all up in my ear now? Why does Instagram have a “@music” channel and a @music editor and a plan to roll out @music longform Instagrams and a goddamn Monthly Hashtag Project? This is going to be an anti-explainer, because there is…