Stop Soundcloud from forcing Loyal Musicians/Producers off of their platform on Dec. 9th

Stop Soundcloud from forcing Loyal Musicians/Producers off of their platform on Dec. 9th

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N Paige started this petition to SoundCloud Limited, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77 10115 Berlin SoundCloud Limitied

Soundcloud is a website that was built by small time creators. Since its launch in 2008, it rose in popularity as an avenue for producers and musicians to share their art in an accessible environment. If you've heard of a small time musician, chances are they got some of their start on Soundcloud.

Which is why is heartbreaking that they've made the decision to force the majority of their users off of their platform

Starting December 9th, Soundcloud is implementing a new oppressive limit on its users, preventing individuals with 15 or more tracks/songs from sharing their work to their accounts. Out of context, this means very little, but to long term users of the site, this is devastating.

Virtually every creator/producer that has been with the site for any considerable amount of time is either well, well above 15 tracks, or right on the cusp of going over.

Prior to this, artists were capable of uploading 3 hours of their content. Now, with these upcoming harsh limitations, most loyal users of the site will be barred from posting new audio, effectively freezing their accounts, even if they were nowhere near this limit. 

The only option to circumvent this crippling new limitation is to pay for their "Pro Unlimited" program, costing $12-$16 a month

Thats around $150 - $190 a year, a consistent fee that no small time artist, the lifeblood of the website, could reasonably pay given the incredibly limited services "Pro Unlimited" supplies.

Put simply, this will force the overwhelming majority of Soundcloud's long term, loyal content creators and musicians from the website, hurting all involved.

Services cost money, that is common sense and no one is trying to ignore that. If Soundcloud came forward with a message saying "Sorry guys, ads aren't cutting it; the company has had a rough couple of years and if you want more upload time then you need to pay for additional hosting," That would be understandable and fair. Loyal users have gotten anything but transparency though.

Instead this entire situation is covered with underhanded business practices. Weeks before this, they slowly rolled back their "Pro" membership, an option for more storage among other things that was a lot more affordable than "Pro Unlimited." Pro is no longer an option on their store, meaning the $150-$190 a year plan is the only option. Then they hit us with the 15 track limit, which in practice lowers the 3 hour upload limit for free users down to 30-45 minutes. Soundcloud planned this, to effectively strong arm as many users, users who have committed years of efforts into building the site into what it is, into the most expensive plan possible in a financial hail mary. The company itself is in dire straits financially, and it seems theyve decided their best way out is by throwing their long term users under the bus.

So, humbly, I have hoped to share this information with those who share my disappointment in Soundcloud's treatment of the artists, musicians, and creators that the site got to where it is today with.

Implementing these new, harsh limitations upon your user base will only serve to harm those who this platform was built for, and while short term profits may increase from those strong-armed into saving the worked hard to create via over priced subscriptions, Soundcloud will only be damaged as artists seek new avenues. 

Save Soundcloud, without sacrificing those who built Soundcloud

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