personally i’ve gotten great leads from soundcloud and connected with many artists through the medium. it’s also where i go to search for new and undiscovered music, and many other ppl and businesses do as well. soundcloud is a great thing that was incredibly positively impactful on independent music culture. it hurts to see ppl hate on it for needing money when they’ve done so much to help. they don’t make money because they aimed to make a largely free service. i pay them for the pro account because it’s useful to me and i support what they’ve been doing.