New Country Restrictions on SoundCloud Give Us Another Reason to Hate SoundCloud, and the New App Still Sucks

Image via SoundCloud
Image via SoundCloud

If history repeats itself, any smart programmer should be working on SoundCloud‘s replacement. The platform slid into prominence as YouTube was removing millions of plays from notable acts that were caught fluffing plays.  Majors flagged and removed user content at a breakneck rate on YouTube, and this platform restricted U.S. users from viewing U.K. records.  In the past six months, we’ve seen fishy numbers on SoundCloud, Universal given full reign to delete records and flag accounts without SoundCloud’s approval, and someone just gave us heads up that there is a new Basement Jaxx record that he can’t listen to because it’s not available in his country, the hat trick is now complete:

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SoundCloud is continually upsetting their user base by trying to fix something that wasn’t broken in an effort to monetize, and we care because the idea of this platform started off as a wholesome alternative to everything that sucked.  Sadly, it has quickly turned into that girlfriend that you’re madly in love with that is showing signs of sleeping around, and while deep down you know everything is absolutely wrong, you don’t want to say anything because she’s the best thing you ever had.  Unfortunately, you will stick around until you realize that she’s a whore.  I’m going to watch Cheaters after this.

The newest outrage though has been caused their new app, and a simple twitter search of “SoundCloud App” will show a barrage of hundreds of users begging to have their old app back, and though I’ve exaggerated a thing or two, you can feel free to take a peek for yourself.  With this update, users can’t edit their profiles, access private songs, check notifications or activity, read track descriptions, record sounds, and skipping through tracks requires you to slide the waveform, which isn’t exactly intuitive. The layout is otherwise smooth, actually, but the lack of functionality is apparent, and these Internets are speaking.  SoundCloud noticed and released a statement with a headline that reads “We Hear You,” which is hilarious enough that you don’t really need to take the time to read through the vanilla response that completely circumnavigates the lack of key features on this new app.  Or the crashes and bugs that we’re seeing reported.  Or the wave of people asking that they have the option to change back to their old app.

Honestly, we’re scratching our heads wondering how these embarrassing and sloppy moves are stacking up so quickly, why SoundCloud is intent on making giant changes to a platform that already worked really well, and who continues to have the bright idea to test shitty ideas on weekdays. We didn’t forget that lazy Tuesday afternoon where we made popcorn and took screenshots as the entire industry screamed at flopped release dates because SoundCloud experienced hours of downtime, and it’s probably because the industry was livid.  Someone should let them know that most labels still release records on Tuesdays.  

We’re just shaking our head at this point, sadly waiting for someone to take the next step for us to follow, and ready for the next platform to step up to the plate.  We’ve been here before, we’ll assuredly be here again, and we’re used to braving these storms.  In the meantime, please bask in the glory of a blogger reaching the end of a SoundCloud feed, and the glitch that made everything that was uploaded yesterday show liked records as having negative likes.  All we can do at this point is keep track and cry.

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  • http://www.soundcloud.com/Galvanix Galvanix

    Do you think it’s possible for a soundcloud replacement to survive, or will they just suffer what soundcloud did and get hammered at by the majors?

    • Leeban

      I think the root of the problem isn’t the platforms but the DMCA laws.

      • Banco

        Exactly, its crazy how many people don’t understand this seemingly simple concept and are so quick to jump on the hate train to soundcloud. Soundcloud is a business, they want to make money as any business does; they also don’t want to be sued out of the ass just for helping Dj Douchey keep his big room bootleg of Tiesto’s newest track on the site. There are laws, and these laws have to be upheld by soundcloud (for the major labels) or else soundcloud takes the fall; why should soundcloud die simply because people have a lack of understanding for copyright and act like its the end of the world when your bootleg gets taken off. Think about what soundcloud has achieved and done for modern music and the artists. A replacement to soundcloud solves nothing, I don’t understand why anyone could conceive a different fate for a new site as copyright will still be copyright; so I offer a solution, how about less bootlegs and more original music, then maybe soundcloud will have the time to evolve their site for the good of its community.

        • https://twitter.com/Signum_01 Simon Titchmarsh

          If you think this is just about ‘bootlegs’ your are incredibly misinformed. For every ‘DJ Douchebag’ there are 10 more exceptionally talented and unknown artists, creating, remixing (read: not bootlegging) and releasing some amazing music on the platform. Not only that but I’m constantly listening to mixes from DJs and producers. Soundcloud is exactly the type of platform the music industry needs, but no… we have artists like Jody Wisternoff having their accounts removed for supposed copyright violation. What? From a DJ mix? He’s a fucking producer for fucks sake. Fuck these ridiculous copyright laws, they are protecting no one, only the interests of the big labels who are unable to see the bigger picture. By shutting down, closing off and restricting access to the music they are shooting themselves in the foot. How am I supposed to go and buy £50 worth of music from Beatport for my sets if I can’t fucking listen to it in the first place?

          • Emmett Gulley

            i’M SORRY, but if the DMCA laws apply here, then every artist needs to remove their own music. we buy cd’s but i’m sorry, they do NOT own the music. we buy the music so therefore we own the file/cd/song, not them. if they owned the music, then they would charge rental fees. I wish people like you would wake up to reality here.

            what we choose to do with the music we buy is, 100% protected under free speech. do the research.

          • https://twitter.com/Signum_01 Simon Titchmarsh

            Instead of parroting some tired old argument about who owns what (CD’s? Who the fuck still buys CD’s?), the point – which you entirely missed – is about creative freedom, artistic integrity and being able to listen to music that hasn’t been deemed worthy of consumption by the big labels.

            The copyright laws are horrendously broken and outdated for the digital age. If you think taking down radio shows and podcasts are somehow helping protect copyright laws and artist revenues then your sorely mistaken.

          • Banco

            Haha your whole speal has nothing to do with me being “misinformed”, I totally agree with you and how this effects artist creativity, productivity, prosperity, etc etc, BUT you simply don’t understand how copyright and other various laws directly impact the music industry, outside of the artists, and ultimately soundclouds, control. First off, soundcloud doesn’t have the work force to go through and have a conscious person analyze every track streaming on their website, its ultimately gonna be done by software, and as with any software, especially audio-centered ones, it’ll have its flaws. The majority of tracks taken down from soundcloud are ones that directly breach DMCA, but unfortunately there will be a minority of artists who are totally innocent yet are still affected by the autonimity of the software (this sucks but is an inevitability that will get gradually better as soundcloud “evolves”). Secondly, the reason why your “favourite artists” tracks and accounts are getting taken down isn’t because of soundcloud, but simply because the label those artists are under are pushing for strict control over THEIR music; soundcloud doesn’t have a choice over this, they either abide or the label gets to make an easy buck. Lastly, soundcloud would be shooting themselves in the HEAD if they listened to people like you, and not themselves + their lawyers. Soundcloud has always been about the artists, but they are a business and both them and the multitude of musicians using their site right now would lose so much more if they ignored labels and did what was solely right for the indie artist. (also, you should never have a problem finding a track, songs aren’t taken off of soundcloud completely, just taken from the supposedly “unauthorized” accounts)

          • David

            “autonimity” Can I use that?

          • Banco

            I’m sorry professor, i’ll make sure to spellcheck all of my responses to the mundane plebs of the interwebs for now on. [btw, *autonomy*]

  • Sean Bradford

    Looks like hearthis.at is gonna be the next big thing…

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