Yeah, the came across as slightly more facetious than I intended. The ability to connect is a sound one in principle, and the loss of the social network aspect of Soundcloud is a blow.
On the flip side (and this is some square devil’s advocate thinking), maybe a reset on just how connected people can get with music is a good thing. A lot of the newer underground electronic sounds (post 2004/5, for example) suffered because of over saturation.
Scenes weren’t give the chance to evolve organically as there was a slew of imitators (often sub standard) as soon as a new sound was put out there.
Quality suffered,months acceptable standard dropped and the scenes often diluted down to the point of being a laughing stock.
Brostep is an example; I firmly believe that if it’s had the chance to grow within a small local scene, that it wouldn’t have become such a joke as it did when every 14yr old with a cracked DAW was churning out copycat shit.
(Trap went the same way as soon as it moved out of the regional scenes, though this is slightly more debateable if you hold up later trap SC tunes against early Memphis horro tunes)
Yes, it sucks to lose the connections. But it might help at a local level for more interesting music styles to come through without immediately being thrust onto a global platform.