If SoundCloud's Premier program terms seemed too onerous to you, you're not the only one. SoundCloud has changed the Premier agreement in response to criticism, most notably removing a covenant not to sue the company. This was an "outdated" element from the previous invitation-only agreement, SoundCloud said. Artists won't have to go through arbitration (which tends to favor companies) if there's ever a dispute.
The company said that Premier adoption had grown "multiple times" in the space of a few weeks. The conditions weren't spooking many people away, then. Even so, SoundCloud might not have had much choice but to alter its language. Alternatives like Spotify's DRCT didn't appear nearly as stringent -- SoundCloud risked losing artists put off by the seemingly harsh terms, even if they were considerably gentler in practice.