SoundCloud is stopping a team of people from downloading and archiving content hosted on its platform, according to Motherboard.
Organisations and individuals have started various archiving projects in the last two weeks amid growing concern that SoundCloud could be about to shut down. SoundCloud cut 40% of staff on July 5 and TechCrunch reported that it could run out of money within 50 days.
Last week, a group that refers to itself as The Archive Project announced that they intended to archive 900 terabytes of SoundCloud, or 123.6 million tracks.
The Archive Project backs up at-risk services with the help of volunteers running its virtual archiving appliance, ArchiveTeam Warrior. Volunteers give up some bandwidth and disk space to help scrape those sites. Other defunct sites preserved by the project include GeoCities, TwitPic, and Google Video.
However, Jason Scott, a member of the Archive Team tweeted on Thursday that SoundCloud had requested that they halt their project.
“Due to a request by Soundcloud, archiving and storage of Soundcloud is ending immediately,” the tweet read.
A SoundCloud spokesperson reportedly provided Motherboard with the following statement:
“Most importantly, everyone’s music and audio is safe on SoundCloud. SoundCloud is not going away — not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future.”
It’s likely that SoundCloud will also be looking to clamp down on other individuals and groups attempting to archive content on its platform.
Due to a request by Soundcloud, archiving and storage of Soundcloud is ending immediately.
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) July 20, 2017
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