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Digital archivists plan to back up SoundCloud 

By | Published on Wednesday 19 July 2017


As we all know, SoundCloud’s not going anywhere, oh no. It may have laid off 40% of its staff and financing may only be in place into quarter four, but the company has insisted all is fine in a blog post. In a blog post! So all must be fine.

Though, just in case, a group called Archive Team – self-described as a “loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage” – is planning on backing up the SoundCloud platform. You know, just in case. And work to that effect began yesterday.

The project came as some more avid SoundCloud users started backing up their personal collections of audio from the website – you know, just in case – while one Reddit user claimed to have already done a complete download of the entire streaming site.

Though the Archive Team’s plan isn’t actually to grab the entire SoundCloud archive. Confirming the project, it said: “Archive Team considers the SoundCloud service in danger and, as it hosts a lot of original content, finds it important to prepare to save it selectively (a full grab would be too big and would raise concerns of mass copyright infringement)”.

But, you know, everything is actually fine and SoundCloud isn’t going anywhere. Remember, blog post!