SoundCloud Reverses Course After Users Revolt
After emailing users on Monday that it would change its cap on uploads, on Thursday SoundCloud reversed course.
Monday’s cap came alongside the addition of lossless HD storage and downloads SoundCloud’s free users. But “to make lossless HD file management free to all, starting December 9th, our free upload limit will change from 3 hours of audio to 3 hours or 15 tracks.”
Unless you’re uploading 12 minute long songs, 15 tracks are far less than three hours of audio. To get additional space users would now have to pay.
User reaction was quick and negative. A Change.org petition was launched to “add your voice to show SoundCloud how wrong it is to limit artists with monetary gates instead of creating an open platform for young talent to grow and express themselves.”
“… We heard you,” SoundCloud responded on Thursday, reversing course. “We’ve decided not to roll out the change to our free upload limits and will continue to refine our balance of free and paid offerings to make the platform as creative and accessible as possible while building a sustainable business.”