SoundCloud passes 10 million user mark, faces legal issuesJanuary 24th, 2012 ⋅ News ⋅ by Ryan
SoundCloud has reached the next level as streaming service SoundCloud has passed the 10 million user mark. It has experienced rapid growth since SoundCloud was able to double its user base from 5 million in July 2011, to 10 million in January 2012. Honoring this success, the site launched a new Instagram-powered feature, called Story Wheel, which enables users to add words to their pictures.
Co-founder Alexander Ljung said in a statement:
When Eric (Wahlforss) and I started SoundCloud, we had the vision of enabling people to create and share sound more easily and collaboratively. Today 10 million people are recognizing that vision and it makes us extremely proud and encouraged that people are supporting our mission to unmute the web.
However, SoundCloud could also face legal issues since file-sharing sites MegaUpload or Grooveshark have been respectively shut down or charged with copyright infringement. TechCrunch has listed SoundCloud amongst sites that could soon be in the firing line of the U.S. government. It remains to be seen if or how the service will be affected by legal measures.