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4 Things Artists Need to Know About SoundCloud Go

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For the past several years, SoundCloud has been one of the prominent digital homes for indie artists. A few weeks ago, the company made the inevitable announcement of its transformation from a lovable free platform to full-fledged streaming giant with a monthly paid premium option – called SoundCloud Go – putting it on par with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. Compared to the free version we've all become accustomed to, SoundCloud Go gives users access to an expanded music library with over 125 million songs, the ability to listen offline, and an ad-free listening experience for either $9.99 per month or $12.99 per month for iOS users. 

Because so many independent artists thrive and rely on SoundCloud, there's an immediate need to understand the most important aspects of SoundCloud Go and how it's going to impact both the listeners as well as the musicians. With this in mind, here are the four must-know pieces of information regarding the official entrance of SoundCloud Go.

3 Dos and Don'ts of Using SoundCloud

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In the digital realm of the independent music world, SoundCloud has become a go-to resource for artists, and deservingly so. The platform has proven to be an ideal domain to share music and develop a devout following with a strong sense of community. Fans of all genres flock to SoundCloud as a prime location for music discovery, and with that comes an excellent opportunity to give your single or album the wings it deserves. In addition, major influencers and A&R reps are constantly exploring SoundCloud in an attempt to find slept-on talent, so understanding how to effectively use the platform is crucial. 

8 Simple Steps to Maximize Your SoundCloud Exposure

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A version of this article originally appeared on the Green Light Go blog.

 

SoundCloud has increasingly become one of the most important tools in an artist's toolbox. Most blogs prefer a SoundCloud link over any other streamed audio file for several reasons. One is simply the ease of use. There's no hosting on their part; the file is typically hosted through the artist or record label's account, so there's little risk of copyright infringement. In addition, a strategic alliance between SoundCloud and Hype Machine means a bit more exposure for their blog, as those links receive a higher ranking for potential charting with the music aggregator. In order to take full advantage of these opportunities, here are eight ways to set a firm foundation to maximize your exposure on SoundCloud.