2019-07-31

There Goes The Neighbourhood

This isn’t unreasonable but a limit to the number of tracks from a single artist knocks my Half An Hour With’ introductory compilations for six.

Luckily they’re rarely listened to and I’ve been too lazy to do many.

Dear Mixcloud Community,

The Mixcloud playback experience is changing. We’re penning this letter in order to be as transparent as possible about what’s changing and why. Read on to understand how you can contribute to fairly and legally supporting music and culture.

Mixcloud has always offered a service for creators to upload for free, and for anyone to listen for free. It’s crucial to us that these options continue to exist.

In the coming months, this free playback streaming experience on Mixcloud will become slightly more limited. It’s important to us that, as a member of our community, you understand why.

The short answer is: so that we can keep up with the costs of running a streaming service that puts artists and creators at its core, and so we can build a sustainable platform that will be here for you in the long term. What’s changing?

A free listener will still be able to access Mixcloud’s unique catalog of over 15 million shows. However, they may run into some limits, in line with our licensing agreements:

Free listeners will only be able to seek forwards (not backward) while listening to a show. Free listeners will be able to listen to the same show maximum 3 times in a rolling two-week window. Free listeners will not be able to listen to shows that feature more than 4 tracks by the same artist or more than 3 tracks from an album (If you are not a rights holder).

We’ve also re-designed our subscription plans so that you can lift these limitations, whatever type of listener you may be:

For the loyalist fan who keeps coming back to specific creators: By subscribing directly to an individual creator with Mixcloud Select, for a flexible monthly price set by the creator from $2.99, a listener can directly support the creator, listen to their channel without limits and receive exclusive rewards in exchange. For the generalist listener who listens to a bit of everything: By upgrading to a Mixcloud Premium, our new $7.99 monthly subscription, a listener can access all public shows across the platform without limits.

Toward a fair, sustainable payout model

We originally built Mixcloud to create a safe, legal space for DJs, online radio stations and audio creators of all kinds to give their content a home. For the last decade, we’ve focused on building tools that help these creators champion culture, get their shows heard and build deeply engaged audiences.

In the background, we’ve done the heavy lifting of ensuring we have the right music licenses in place to operate a fair and legal service. In our world, that means making sure we’re doing the right thing to support the people behind the music you love to listen to.

The streaming economy is fast becoming the biggest driver behind the recorded music industry.

By 2030, it’s projected that 70% of global music revenue will come from streaming.

As the world changes, and how people consume culture shifts, the music industry must keep adapting and innovating to ensure artists and songwriters get paid for their work.

When you stream any show on Mixcloud, the underlying tracks are identified through audio fingerprinting technology, so that we can pay royalty fees to the relevant rightsholders. Since we started building this platform, the royalty costs we pay for every person who listens for free have steadily risen. Today, the revenue that we make from advertising simply doesn’t come close to covering these costs.

If you, like us, want to see this platform continue to exist for the next decade, then we need more people to subscribe to their favorite channels with Mixcloud Select or upgrade to the new platform-wide Mixcloud Premium plan.’


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