SoundCloud Lets You Distribute Your Music to Spotify & Apple Music Now

Finally, it is happening!  SoundCloud is getting into the distribution game. A new set of tools in their SoundCloud Premier program, announced yesterday, allow SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users to distribute their music to other platforms that aren’t SoundCloud, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, YouTube Music, and other streaming services.

Artists that use the new SoundCloud Premier distribution feature “keep 100% of their rights, keep 100% of their distribution royalties from third-party services, and pay no distribution fees,” according to a press release. Find more information here.

Last fall, Spotify announced that it would begin allowing artists to upload music to its streaming service directly instead of going through distribution services. In October 2018, the Verge reported on terms in the SoundCloud Premier contract that would prohibit artists from pursuing legal action against the company under any circumstances, as well as ambiguous language with regards to payout schedules for artists. (SoundCloud subsequently amended the contract to address that report.)

SoundCloud will notify creators who are eligible for the beta starting today. In addition to a Pro or Pro Unlimited subscription, you’ll need to own or control all the rights to your music, have no copyright strikes when you sign up, be 18 (or the age of majority wherever you are) and have at least 1,000 plays over the last month in countries where SoundCloud ads and listener subscriptions are active.

If you meet all the criteria, you’ll see a Distribute button in your track manager, and once you’ve added all the necessary metadata, you can select the services you’d like your music to appear on. You can ask the platforms to make your music available as soon as possible or schedule a release date at least two weeks in advance — it may take a while for each streaming service to validate your work.

Cross-platform distribution seems to be a growing area of focus for streaming music companies. Soon after it allowed indie artists uploading their music directly to its platform, Spotify announced plans to let musicians share their tunes to rival services.

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