'Back Up Your Shit, Because Soundcloud Might Be Dying'
Also read Soundcloud's full statement at the end of the article.
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I can never understand why people put down http://archive.org/ as a solution for parking your originally created audio files. I have had an archive.org account for more than a decade and have had ZERO problems.
I think people prefer to 'pay for' model because they think it is more 'professional'.