Finally, after all these years, creators can now make money from their original content on SoundCloud.
Which means your mixes still aren't monetizable. But if you make songs and can attract a wide enough audience, you can now get paid for those listeners. Here's how it works.
First, you will need a Soundcloud Pro account. This costs money—but hey, spend money to make money, right? Right.
Next, upload that new tune of yours. And once you've joined SoundCloud Premier, which is free with a pro account, you can start earning money with each play your track receives.
Though there are a few caveats. First, SoundCloud Premier is only available to creators with at least 5,000 plays in the past month, and in countries where SoundCloud listener subscriptions and advertising are available: America, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.
But if you're eligible, SoundCloud promises "fast payments" coming "directly each month."
No word on how much you'll make per click, but (and we hate to say this), at least something to the artist is better than nothing at all.
Watch a quick video on the new service here.