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SoundCloud Halts Volunteer Archiving Project (vice.com) 48

Slashdot reader nielo tipped us off to more SoundCloud news. Motherboard reports: Last week, a group of volunteer digital preservationists known as The Archive Team announced they would be attempting to independently archive a 123.6 million track, 900-terabyte swath of SoundCloud, the popular streaming music and audio service that recently announced mass layoffs and office closures, sparking fears of an imminent closure. But just as the volunteer archive of SoundCloud was due to be getting started, it's been abruptly called off at the behest of the company... I reached out to SoundCloud for more information, and a spokesperson responded with the following written statement: "SoundCloud is dedicated to protecting the rights and content of the creators who share their work on SoundCloud. We requested the Archive Team halt their efforts as any action to take content from SoundCloud violates our Terms of Use and infringes on our users' rights... SoundCloud is not going away -- not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future..." But that hasn't stopped some individuals on Reddit's r/datahoarder subreddit from attempting to gather their own personal archives of as much of SoundCloud as they want and can afford to host.
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...so...90 days then, thanks for the heads up

    the death spiral has begun

    • ...so...90 days then

      Why this unwarranted optimism? Be realistic, 81 at the most.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Soundcloud cofounder Alexander Ljung said the company only had enough money to survive until the fourth quarter of this year — which begins in 50 days.

      Soundcloud responded to this with an official statement saying "SoundCloud is fully funded into the fourth quarter."

      Note that they don't say they are fully funded to the end of the 4th quarter, just "into" the 4th quarter.

  • Good luck coding around the attempts at mass archiving without any programmers...

  • by Chewbacon ( 797801 ) on Sunday July 23, 2017 @09:36AM (#54861999)

    She conveniently left out that typical interval. I'd say 90 days, sound cloud will be no more.

  • by nnet ( 20306 )
    when you put your data on someone elses computer(s)....
  • Remember kids, "The Cloud" means someone else's computer. And you may have signed over your data to them too! Hope you read all the fine print.

    • ....and you are still paying for time on it, either through ads, giving up your privacy or any other means or a combination thereof.

      (Still gets the shivers when "batch processing" ment giving a deck of punch cards with a program to a mainframe operator and waiting hours or days for a printout of the results, hoping you didn't fuck anything up in the meantime)

  • by CanEHdian ( 1098955 ) on Sunday July 23, 2017 @04:39PM (#54863489)
    If you're going to do this, STFU and just do it. OF COURSE they're going to whine and complain. First get all the meta-data, then distribute the content archiving around the globe (so you can archive 24/7 within 'reasonable hours' and reasonable amounts of data for that part of the globe). Then you just need to keep regular tabs to get new content. Once SoundCloud shuts down, and is gone, you can wait as long as you need before making your archive available to the general public. But the content is saved.

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