Dave Wiskus, on the fact that SoundCloud’s new $10/month streaming music service only pays artists who are in their invitation-only “Premier Partners” program:
You can slice it, package it, or spin it however you like, but the
bare fact is that you’re making money off of songs you aren’t
paying for. Worse, you’re doing it while perpetuating an air of
exclusivity around the concept of making money. All while you’re
pretending to be a friend to the little guy. There’s nothing
artist-friendly about this approach.
But wait! There’s more!
Airplane Mode has a SoundCloud Pro account to get access to
unlimited uploads and a few other features that make the service
useful. This account costs us $15 per month. So not only are you
getting our music for free and paying us nothing, we’re actually
paying you to take it. What an excellent deal. For you.