Though it seems a long shot.
SoundCloud, the Berlin-based streaming platform that has drawn over 175 million users worldwide, is reportedly in "advanced talks" around an acquisition by Spotify, the market leader in music streaming which recently announced it had drawn 40 million subscribers, according to the Financial Times' sources.
Spotify and SoundCloud refused to comment on the report. One well-placed source maintained to Billboard that the rumor was nothing more than that, and that it could perhaps be a solicitation tactic.
Whispers of SoundCloud's acquisition have percolated for years. While 2014's indication of a SoundCloud acquisition by Twitter eventually faded, the social media giant did invest $70 million into the music platform this past June, representing the largest chunk of a $100 million funding round. (This week, meanwhile, brought rumors of a Twitter acquisition, with Google and Disney leading that charge; consider it the circle of business life.)