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To Soundcloud or Not to Soundcloud
Old 6th December 2021
Gear Maniac
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๐ŸŽง 10 years
Question To Soundcloud or Not to Soundcloud

Music marketing gurus advise uploading all one's tracks to SoundCloud, to help people to discover that music.

SoundCloud's harsh compression algorithms notwithstanding, wouldn't that prevent listeners from paying for that music via streaming/download? - They can just go to SoundCloud and hear it for free.

Is it advisable only to upload a shortened selection of tracks, or to avoid such avenues altogether?
Old 6th December 2021
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@ filmcomposer try Audiomack as they have no track limits nor Pro subscription plans nor ads
Old 9th December 2021
Gear Maniac
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Thanks for the tip boombapdame.

It's not so much the track count that's an issue, it's the availability. Hmm.
Old 7th January 2022
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depends, if you're trying to make money it's not a good idea, if you want to just show people the track it's a good idea, but it doesn't make sense to have it available on a free platform at the same time as trying to make money from it.
Old 13th January 2022
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The person who would buy a song or podcast subscription are not going to be stopped by the availability of a free stream.

The person who only streams for free will not be buying new and unfamiliar music or podcasts.

But a wide free distribution across platforms makes it MORE LIKELY someone will discover your stuff. The more people with ears on your material, the more likely one of those rare money spenders, who like to support artists.

The biggest factors are quality and discovery/tastemakers. Not price, not platform.

Put out generic content without the support of a marketing department? Enjoy your hobby.

Put out unique content that has a natural base of listeners? Enjoy your hobby but with annual $30 checks.
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