Sound cloud Gets a Rival Music Streaming Service
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
2019 was a bad year for SoundCloud. It has lost many users. Many artists have complained about it on YouTube saying like “I’m done with SoundCloud”, “What is happening on weird SoundCloud” etc.
Thanks to its expensive hosting prices, weird content takedown policies and lagging user experience. SoundCloud has lost several loyal users.
Now, Roneil Rumburg and colleagues have come with an application, dubbed Audius. The CEO and Co-Fonder of Audius said: SoundCloud lost its opportunity which is now ours to grab.
Audius launched its free hosting and music streaming on 24th September. The service is backed by big names like Rezz, deadmau5, 3LAU, Zed’s Dead and Stafford Brothers. As the service has started, the library is small and has a few hundred artists on board. The company has plans to bring more artists to its platform.
Audius is not a web or mobile application. It uses an open-source control protocol. It means is not hosting the music but is decentralizing it over independent nodes. It will protect the company from record label companies pressuring them and lawsuits.
The service is completely free. But the company plans to add ads and subscription models from 2020. Around 90 percent of the revenue will go to the artists.