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Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

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Doug1978
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1440 posts since 19 Jun, 2011, from Sendai, Japan

Postby Doug1978; Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:55 pm Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

Greetings aliens, one and all!

Rather curiously I just received an email from my (apparently) ''friendly Community Team'' Soundcloud ''friends''.

I currently have a free SC account.
The download limit for a song (on a free account) is 100 downloads.

To enable more than 100 downloads on a track, one needs to purchase a ''Pro'' account - which comes at not inconsiderable wealth every month to a hobbyist like me.

Since sticking up the track at the start of this year, I was getting approx 5-10 downloads a month.
It's an okay song (it's a cover of a tune by a very famous boy band), but it's not my best by any means - in fact, I did a much better and more interesting cover of a different song by the same boyband, and that cover has hardly any downloads for now...


Suspiciously, in the last 4 weeks, my download count has gone from below 10 a month (which is how I'd expect it to continue) to 68...
(I realise this is nothing compared to better music producers etc, but for a cover of a song that was released by a boyband 16 months ago, it is rather strange why NOW it's generating 600% of it's previous monthly downloads).

I'm a cynical fellow, and I wonder if it could be because Soundcloud themselves download songs by their free members, so to encourage them to switch from free accounts to pro accounts.

What do you reckon?
Have you experienced this too?

Cheers.

(ps, sorry I won't be able to respond to any replies here in the next 10 days 'cos I'm going to rural Tibet).
highkoo
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3080 posts since 25 Jun, 2004

Postby highkoo; Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:03 pm Re: Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

I have not heard of that, but I do not doubt for one second that the idea was at least suggested in a SC boardroom at a monetization brainstorm session...
I am pretty confident that in the last year or so SC has started running their own SC bots...

The bean counters have taken over at SC HQ unfortunately. :(

Have fun in Tibet. :)
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Hink
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24715 posts since 5 Sep, 2003, from New England U.S.A.

Postby Hink; Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:09 pm Re: Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

Doug1978 wrote:Greetings aliens, one and all!

Rather curiously I just received an email from my (apparently) ''friendly Community Team'' Soundcloud ''friends''.

I currently have a free SC account.
The download limit for a song (on a free account) is 100 downloads.

To enable more than 100 downloads on a track, one needs to purchase a ''Pro'' account - which comes at not inconsiderable wealth every month to a hobbyist like me.

Since sticking up the track at the start of this year, I was getting approx 5-10 downloads a month.
It's an okay song (it's a cover of a tune by a very famous boy band), but it's not my best by any means - in fact, I did a much better and more interesting cover of a different song by the same boyband, and that cover has hardly any downloads for now...


Suspiciously, in the last 4 weeks, my download count has gone from below 10 a month (which is how I'd expect it to continue) to 68...
(I realise this is nothing compared to better music producers etc, but for a cover of a song that was released by a boyband 16 months ago, it is rather strange why NOW it's generating 600% of it's previous monthly downloads).

I'm a cynical fellow, and I wonder if it could be because Soundcloud themselves download songs by their free members, so to encourage them to switch from free accounts to pro accounts.

What do you reckon?
Have you experienced this too?

Cheers.

(ps, sorry I won't be able to respond to any replies here in the next 10 days 'cos I'm going to rural Tibet).

my soundcloud only gets hits when I post a new song, very, very few downlaods so I would say I doubt it :shrug:
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Mivo
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152 posts since 13 Jan, 2014, from Germany

Postby Mivo; Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:40 am Re: Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

Perhaps someone linked it somewhere, and it just got more downloads that way. But it wouldn't surprise me if SC did use that method, especially if you immediately got an email with an upgrade offer.

But hey, why not assume your popularity increases? It certainly feels better. :)
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tehlord
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6727 posts since 22 Sep, 2008, from Windsor. UK

Postby tehlord; Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:50 am Re: Crafty claims by Soundcloud?

Soundcloud are full of sh1t


Last week I downgraded my account from Pro and all of a sudden my play counts/follows/comments jumped up a bit.

I also carried out an experiment several months ago where I got 10 people I knew to follow my account and it didn't show up on the actual number of followers.

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