SoundCloud goes after Apple Music and Spotify with its very own Go+ student discount

SoundCloud goes after Apple Music and Spotify with its very own Go+ student discount
While not a lot of people think of SoundCloud as a direct rival for the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, the company behind the popular online audio distribution platform actually released its very own subscription-based music streaming service back in 2016. Until today, subscribers could choose a standard SoundCloud Go plan at $5 a month or pay double that amount for a SoundCloud Go+ service tier.

But now the company is finally treating students to a Spotify and Apple Music-like discount. Simply by confirming their enrollment at a Title IV degree-granting college or university, new and existing users can get full access to all the premium SoundCloud Go+ perks for $4.99 a month. Otherwise put, students will pay the typical SoundCloud Go fee for Go+ features.

Available on iOS and Android devices, as well as directly on the web, SoundCloud Go+ comes with high-quality audio support, no ads, unlimited on-demand streaming capabilities, offline listening functionality, and an expanded catalog of over 150 million tracks. The non-Plus service tier actually doesn't cut as many corners as you might expect, but it lacks roughly 30 million "premium" songs and comes with a preview "feature" that's largely useless (not to mention annoying), offering 30-second samples of off-limits tracks.

Fortunately, students don't need to live with those compromises anymore, and SoundCloud seems to be taking the booming music streaming market seriously at last. Of course, Apple Music and Spotify also do discounts for families, which SoundCloud may want to consider implementing sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you haven't tried out this platform yet, you could give it a whirl for 30 days at no charge and with no strings attached.

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