But after signing deals with major labels, including holdout Sony Music this month, Soundcloud is adding a subscription plan for consumers, giving them ad-free listening and a new range of music
Soundcloud says it will have 125 million tracks available when the paid tier, Soundcloud Go, launches Tuesday.
Soundcloud Go will cost $10 a month and offer ad-free offline playback on mobile devices. It'll also allow artists to choose whether to give away tracks for free or reserve them for paying customers.
Other paid music subscription services include Spotify, with 30 million paying subscribers, and Apple, which jumped to 10 million after launching last year.