Spotify is increasing its prices – here’s which plans are getting more expensive

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  • Spotify is raising prices for a subscription to its family plan in the US to $15.99.
  • Subscription prices in the UK and Europe are increasing as well.
  • Shares of the music-streaming app rose Monday and Tuesday following the news.
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Spotify is upping the prices for some its Premium subscriptions on April 30, affecting users in the US, UK, and Europe.

In the US, Spotify is raising the price for a family subscription, which includes up to six users, to $15.99 from $14.99 per month, while prices for other plans such as Duo, Premium, and Student are unchanged.

In the UK, prices for Spotify Duo and Student are increasing by one euro per month, to £13.99 ($16.90) and £5.99 ($7.24), respectively, while the family plan will increase by two euros to £16.99 ($20.52).

In Europe, the family plan will be €17.99 ($21.73) per month, an increase of 3 euros,according to the Verge. The news site added that Spotify is charging more for plans in other European countries, including Ireland, and some countries in Asia and South America as well.

“We offer a variety of subscription plans tailored to our users’ needs, and we occasionally update our prices to reflect local macroeconomic factors and meet market demands while offering an unparalleled service,” a Spotify spokesperson told Insider in a statement.

The company added that it “continues to innovate and invest in providing our listeners with greater value than ever before, including the best audio content and user experience.”

Read more: Spotify turns 15 today and is worth $50 billion. These 5 key breakthroughs made the streaming giant a massive success.

The music and podcast-streaming app sent out emails to subscribers, informing them of the changes.

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Shares of Spotify rose after the news came out Monday, and rallied again Tuesday after the market opened, according to Markets Insider data. The company is now worth more than $53 billion.

Spotify, which competes with Apple Music, has about 155 million paying subscribers.

For each song streamed, it pays artists less than a penny. Last year, Spotify said artists could promote their music to more listeners, if they took a pay cut on per-stream revenue. Apple, meanwhile, has upped the ante, saying it pays out a penny per stream, Insider reported earlier this month.

Later this year, subscribers in some markets will have access to Spotify HiFi, an upgrade to the sound quality of music that will allow users to “listen to their favorite songs the way artists intended,” the music-streaming app said in a press release.

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What is SoundCloud? Everything you need to know about the music and podcast platform

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SoundCloud is a free music streaming and distribution platform with paid tiers for users and artists.

  • SoundCloud is an online audio streaming and distribution platform that allows users to upload, stream, promote, and share music and podcasts.
  • SoundCloud is free, with paid subscriptions offering ad-free listening and offline listening options for fans. 
  • SoundCloud is available on the desktop and mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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SoundCloud is an online audio streaming and music sharing platform founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007. 

The interactive nature of SoundCloud allows creators – from musicians to podcasters – to connect with listeners and fans through its various sharing tools. That includes a feature SoundCloud is perhaps most known for – its popular commenting feature. It allows users to share their thoughts on specific moments in an audio stream, which are then visible by anyone who listens to the track. 

What you need to know about SoundCloud

SoundCloud is available online and for iOS and Android devices, and the basic version is free. Here’s everything else you need to know about SoundCloud. 

How much does SoundCloud cost

While anyone can sign up and use SoundCloud at no-cost, there are advanced features that will require a monthly subscription. 

The first premium tier on the platform for users is SoundCloud Go, and it costs just $4.99 a month. With SoundCloud Go, users can save an unlimited number of tracks for offline listening and enjoy an ad-free listening experience. 

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SoundCloud offers tiered subscriptions for listeners and creators.

SoundCloud Go+ is the next level up. For $9.99 a month, subscribers enjoy all the benefits of SoundCloud Go plus higher quality audio and access to SoundCloud’s full catalog.

For creators, there’s the option of SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. SoundCloud Basic allows you to upload three hours of audio content and access to stats like the number of track plays and likes.

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Musicians have multiple paid tiers to support their songs on Spotify.

But SoundCloud Pro Unlimited offers even more listener statistics, unlimited audio uploads, opportunities to monetize and distribute audio tracks across other platforms, and more. SoundCloud Pro Unlimited costs $12 a month if you sign up for a yearly subscription or $16 for month-to-month billing.

How to use SoundCloud as a listener

Go to SoundCloud.com or download the SoundCloud app and create an account. You can do this by entering your email address and choosing a password or signing up via your Facebook, Apple, or Google account.

To edit your profile, click your display name on the top right of the screen, then click “Profile.” Upload a header image and profile image to personalize your page. To edit your display name or profile url, click the “Edit” button underneath the header image. Here, you can also add or edit your bio and note your full name, city, and country if you’d like. Click “Save changes” when you’re finished.

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SoundCloud users can share their location, a bio, and links on their profile.

To start listening, navigate to the “Discover” page by clicking the “Home” tab to see what’s trending or search for specific content using the search bar. Comment, like, and repost tracks you like; these options are all found underneath the waveforms of individual audio tracks. 

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The Discover tab on SoundCloud helps you find new music to enjoy.

You can create playlists by clicking the “More” button, then click “Add to playlist.” Click the “Follow” button under an artist’s name to follow their new tracks, playlists, and reposts. These will appear in your “Stream” tab alongside the tracks you upload and repost. Your likes and playlists live in the “Library” tab.

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Follow or listen to tracks from your favorite artist’s SoundCloud profile.

How to use SoundCloud as an artist

Using SoundCloud is a bit more involved for creators, as there are many tools at your disposal to share your work and grow your audience.

To upload a track to SoundCloud, click “Upload.” You can drag and drop files into the upload box or choose files to upload from your computer. Consider setting the privacy for your audio track by clicking “Public” or “Private.” You can also choose to enable downloads for your track and add or change track information. 

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Artists at any subscription tier can upload their music to SoundCloud.

SoundCloud stresses the importance of copyright and notes that uploaded tracks must comply with their Terms of Use and not infringe on anyone else’s rights. In other words, don’t upload audio that doesn’t belong to you.

The SoundCloud Creator Guide offers a comprehensive look at all of the tools and resources available to artists to help them get the most out of the platform. It includes tips on optimizing SoundCloud tracks to make them easy to find, instructions on how to share your SoundCloud tracks on social media and embedded players, and more. 

How to cancel your SoundCloud Go plan and go back to free music streamingHow to make a playlist on SoundCloud to organize all your favorite music and podcastsHow to change your SoundCloud username or profile URL, and give yourself a rebrandHow to download SoundCloud songs from the website onto your computer, or from the mobile app with SoundCloud Go

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How to make a playlist on SoundCloud to organize all your favorite music and podcasts

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It’s easy to add songs to existing SoundCloud playlists or create new ones.

  • You can make a playlist on SoundCloud using the platform’s mobile app or desktop website, and it’s a great way to save and organize your favorite music.
  • To make a SoundCloud playlist, click or tap the ellipsis icon below any track and then select “Add to playlist.”
  • Once you’ve made a playlist, you can find it on the website by opening your profile page, or in the app’s “Library” menu.
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One of the best things about SoundCloud, and something that differentiates it from competing music platforms like Spotify, is its wealth of underground, experimental, and independent artists and podcasts.

There’s a huge archive of artists and music that perhaps never made it out of the garage or bedroom, but can still reach your headphones through the service.

One of the best ways to enjoy tracks like these and others on SoundCloud is by placing music – whether it’s your own or another artist’s – into a playlist.

You can create a SoundCloud playlist on a desktop web browser or via the SoundCloud mobile app. 

How to make a playlist on SoundCloud on a computer

1. Open SoundCloud in a web browser.

2. Locate the song (or podcast) you want to put on a playlist by either searching with the search bar, or finding a trending or recommended track on the SoundCloud homepage. SoundCloud is also a popular platform for podcasts, which can be added to playlists as well.

3. Beneath each track is a small list of options icons. Tap the ellipses icon for “More,” then click “Add to playlist.”

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Select “Add to playlist” in the dropdown menu.

3. Either add the track to an existing playlist by clicking “Add to playlist,” or click “Create a playlist” to name and create a new playlist, then click “Save.”

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You can add the song to an existing playlist or create a new playlist.

After you make your playlist, you can find it and open it by going to your profile and clicking the “Playlists” button. It’ll be right below your avatar.

How to make a playlist on SoundCloud on the app

1. Download the SoundCloud app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store if you haven’t already, and sign in.

2. Find the track you want to add to a playlist. You can search for the track, or discover one on the SoundCloud app’s home screen.

3. When you’ve located the track, or while playing it, find the ellipses icon. Tap it, then select “Add to playlist.”

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You can add the track to a playlist on SoundCloud while you’re on the Now Playing screen, as seen here, or if you’ve simply navigated to the track.

On iOS, a newly created playlist will automatically be set to private. You can change the playlist to public on the playlist page. On an Android, you’ll be given a choice whether to make the playlist public or private when you create a new one in the app.

To find your playlists later and listen to them, tap the icon in the bottom toolbar that looks like three lines. This will bring you to your “Library” page, where you can tap “Playlists & albums” to see all your playlists.

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What is GarageBand? Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s free music creation studio

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GarageBand is Apple’s free music production and engineering software used by experts and novices alike.

  • GarageBand is Apple’s free music creation software that comes preloaded on Macs, iPhones, and iPads. 
  • GarageBand operates like a fully equipped music studio, giving you a library of lessons and sounds that include percussion, rhythm, and vocals.
  • Combined with the Touch Bar features on a MacBook Pro, learning, creating, recording, and editing music can be a seamless process.
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In his attempt to “democratize music-making,” Steve Jobs unveiled GarageBand at Macworld in 2004. Seventeen years since its creation, GarageBand has become a widely used audio software. 

Apple’s music creation studio has a sound library composed of instrument presets, synths, loops, and more. Novice musicians to veteran engineers have flocked to the digital studio for its accessible and up-to-date way of creating music. 

Here’s everything you need to know about GarageBand. 

What is GarageBand? 

Pre-installed on more than a billion Macs, iPhones, and iPads, GarageBand is a staple of many an Apple user’s experience. Yet, not everyone is aware of its full range of capabilities. 

For musicians, this app can remove the need for expensive audio gear or booking costly studio time. The streamlined design and editing software makes it easy to navigate through the application’s multiple functions. It also introduces instruments and sounds that ensure users don’t feel overwhelmed by their lack of familiarity.

This software starts everyone off in a default state, giving users the ability to craft and expand their own GarageBand experience.

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GarageBand offers a full dashboard of instruments that you can use to create your next song.

The application is free for iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS, making it an affordable digital resource for creating and sharing music. Apple iCloud integration allows you to add tracks across devices, whether you’re at home or on the go.

Built with an ability to play and record live instruments, GarageBand gives musicians the chance to plug in their equipment like a guitar or microphone, record their play, and add it to their sound library. 

GarageBand features and tools

One of the biggest advantages of GarageBand is its welcoming layout, regardless of your expertise level. For beginners, an excellent place to start is the Quick Help button in the top left corner. This enables yellow text boxes, which explain the function of anything your cursor is over. 

Touch instruments are the most well-known feature of the app. Piano, guitar, and drums are just a few digital instruments you can play that sound and respond like the real thing. This ensures a more realistic and visceral sound while constructing a track. 

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You can select which instruments you want on your track.

In 2010, the Groove Track feature was added as Apple’s version of a spell-checker for rhythm. It programs all the other tracks you have selected to adjust and synchronize their timing to the chosen groove track.

GarageBand has a popular teachable feature in its built-in lessons for the guitar and piano. There are 40 different genre-based lessons to follow along with using the Touch instruments. Users are given feedback in real-time to sharpen their skills and track their progress. 

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Beginners and amateur musicians can hone their skills using GarageBand’s lessons suite.

Just a few among many, these tools and features have made GarageBand one of the most widely-used digital audio workspaces. Apple’s music creation studio may not be for everyone, but anyone can use it.

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