With a world of music out there and a corresponding number of territorial rights and restrictions, it’s important to be able to control where your sounds are heard and when on sites and services like SoundCloud, which are growing in both popularity and reach. It’s also helpful when you’re promoting a track in one country but have a separate release strategy for another. And anyway, it’s just nice to be able to manage this kind of thing, period.
Lucky for us, SoundCloud has a geoblocking tool that does just that. It’s only available on whitelisted accounts, so be sure to use our SoundCloud Connect app in the Marketplace to get your or your artist’s account whitelisted first, and you can use it to restrict and allow hand-picked territories for each of your uploaded tracks. It works on the SoundCloud website as well as embedded players, and you can apply it to individual tracks as well as playlists (more on that later).
To get to your geoblocking settings, click on the “Availability” menu you see when you upload a new track to SoundCloud.
Tracks are set to be available worldwide by default, but by checking the Geoblocking box, you gain control over which countries can and cannot access your music.
Simply enter a country or continent in the box, filtering down your range of availability as you go. If you want to remove a selection, just hover over the ‘x’ next to the given country or continent. You can even remove an entire continent except for a certain country. For example, if I’d like my track to be excluded everywhere in Europe except for France and Switzerland, my settings would look like the image on the right.
If you’re not ready to manage your geoblocking settings at the time of upload, you can also edit them later for any track or playlist. Just click on the edit icon, scroll to where it says “Geographic availability for this track/set,” and choose between the following options:
- Use existing settings: this will keep any individual track settings you’ve already implemented
- Available worldwide: pretty straightforward…
- Custom settings: this allows you to either Block or Allow your sound in specific territories through handy drop-down menus
Note that if you want to manage geoblocking for an entire playlist, the settings you implement for the playlist will override any existing settings for the tracks within it. So if I’ve restricted one of my tracks in Europe, but it’s in a playlist for which I select “Available worldwide,” this last setting will override my initial European block. If however I’ve only blocked one of the tracks in Europe but I want this whole playlist to do the same, I can adjust the custom settings in my playlist and it will apply to all my tracks. Here’s what that would look like using the same filters I used earlier:
Note, if you’re not using playlist-level geoblocking, make sure to have all the tracks within a playlist abide by the same rules for seamless playback.
Voilà! That’s how you manage your geographical presence on SoundCloud. Remember that this tool is only open to whitelisted accounts, and you can manage that straight from The Orchard Workstation via our SoundCloud Connect app. If you don’t have access to The Orchard Marketplace, contact your client rep for assistance.