Following its launch in the U.S., SoundCloud is bringing its Go subscription service to the UK and Ireland.
(CCM) — On Tuesday, SoundCloud announced that it is rolling out its listener subscription service to new markets after what it called a "successful launch" last month in the United States. SoundCloud Go will offer ad-free access to over 125 million tracks in the UK and Ireland. Go subscribers will be able to access an expanded catalogue (including DJ sets, remixes, covers, and podcasts) and use the service's offline listening feature. Users can get a free 30-day trial of SoundCloud Go, after which the service will cost £9.99 per month for UK Android users and £12.99 for iOS users; in Ireland, the cost will be €9.99 on Android and €12.99 on iOS. Users can sign up online or via the latest version of the SoundCloud app. While SoundCloud touted the service's success, it did not reveal any SoundCloud Go subscription figures in its announcement, and early reviews of SoundCloud Go called it "a mess" and "a chore to use." SoundCloud says that it has fixed these issues.
Also beginning today is the start of Soundcloud's plan to share "part of advertising revenue with a growing number of creators." This money will come from its free SoundCloud listening experience, which will start featuring ads. SoundCloud explained, "When you hear an ad, artists get paid." The free service will feature audio advertising, in-stream native ads, promoted profiles, and creator partnerships. SoundCloud Go is expected to continue rolling out to new markets soon, though the company have not yet revealed specifics on the service's expansion.
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