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SoundCloud Adds $60 Million New Funding, In Talks With Major Labels

image from cdn.doandroidsdance.comAudio platform SoundCloud has closed a series D funding, raising $60 million ot a total valuation of $700 million. The round was led by led by Institutional Venture Partners along with the Chernin Group. In an statement, SoundCloud said it will use the money “to grow more rapidly in product, personnel and expansion in mobile efforts,” but the company also likely has other plans, as well. 

In Talks With Major Labels

But sources suggest that SoundCloud could to use the cash to close ongoing negotiations with major labels to l image from cdn.shopify.comicense their songs for the platform.

Soundcloud is hugely popular, but most of the music uploaded and played there is unlicensed. That's stopped SoundCloud from cutting partnerships with other high profile services, like Twitter's ill fated music app and some artists. 

The YouTube of Audio

In a statement, lead investor IVP says its focus is on making SoundCloud the YouTube of audio:

SoundCloud is the YouTube of Audio – Our core investment thesis for SoundCloud is centered around our belief that SoundCloud will become the dominant online digital delivery platform for audio in much the same way that YouTube has become the dominant online platform for video. YouTube is the most fundamentally disruptive thing to happen to video content since the advent of cable TV, and it is not just the dominant online video platform, it is also now one of the leading search platforms, social media platforms, and smartphone apps.”

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  1. Is Soundcloud the new myspace, forgetting the indies that is be the marrow of their bones? That mistake sent myspace down the drain twice. And still, the world of finance won’t listen 🙂

  2. I totally agree that focusing on the Majors that only have 10 % of the content and ignoring the Indies which make up the other 90 is a strange biz decision; However the door is open to anyone that realizes that 3 companies don’t make the music biz.

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