The Berlin-based online music service SoundCloud has now also launched its subscription service SoundCloud Go in Germany. It provides access to a total of 135 million tracks and therefore to the largest music catalog in the world. The service has already been available in the United States and six other countries since March of this year. In Germany it is available for EUR 9.99 per month on the Internet, as well as in the Apple and Google app stores. A free 30-day trial period is also available.
SoundCloud is mainly used by musicians who offer their songs there for free download and for embedding in websites, and can thus make them known. The platform is by no means alone, however. The Swedish company Spotify leads the rankings for streaming services; it currently reports more than 40 million paying customers worldwide. The service was providing access to about 30 million tracks in early 2015. Apple Music , which only recently surpassed the mark of 20 million paying customers, is in second place. Although reliable information on the number of tracks is lacking, it should be comparable to that of Spotify.