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Audius (AUDIO)

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Audius (AUDIO)

In one line: Audius is a rapidly growing blockchain streaming platform that appears to be better aligning incentives for creators; the potential to disrupt giants like Spotify & Apple Music is…

In one line: Audius is a rapidly growing blockchain streaming platform that appears to be better aligning incentives for creators; the potential to disrupt giants like Spotify & Apple Music is conceivable in the years ahead; a big hill to climb & lots of wood to chop.

Symbol: AUDIO
Price: $1.60
Market Cap: $820MM
Consensus Mechanism: Formerly Proof of Autonomy; now on Solana Staking/Earning Link: https://docs.audius.org/token/staking (~22%) Token Cap: 1B
Nakamoto Coefficient (Measure of Decentralization): Not Available
EVM Compatible: Yes
Easiest Place to Purchase: Gemini
Founder/Noteworthy Contributors: Roneil Rumburg & Forrest Browning (2018) Developer Metrics & Rank (see CryptoMiso): Not Available Website: https://audius.co/

The Founders:

  • Roneil co-founded Kleiner Perkins, an early-stage seed fund investing in Blockchain & AI companies
  • Forrest is co-founder of StacksWare, an enterprise data center management platform

What is Audius:

  • Decentralized music streaming protocol (Alternative to SoundCloud or Spotify)
  • Aims to align interests of artists, fans, & node operators through platform incentives
  • Launched to remedy some of the inefficiencies of the music industry like the opaque music rights ownership & intermediaries between artists & fans (only 12% of $43B of music industry revenue goes to artists)
  • Artists have very limited to no control over their content distribution, selling & consumption
  • Music is streamed for free & at 320kbps (comparable to Spotify & Google Play)

How it Works:

  • Artists can upload & store music that fans can listen to for free (IOS & Android Apps)
  • Content Nodes store & relay creators’ streamed audio content on IPFS (Interplanetary File System)
  • Discovery Nodes — index and hash data like user profiles, playlists, & followers
  • Staking & Governance on Ethereum; Everything else on Solana

Token Function:

  • Staking — tokens locked up to secure the network and earn interest
  • Governance — participate in decisions about protocol changes & upgrades
  • Perks — unlock access to new features; artists can unlock artist tokens, receive voting power from fans who want to share in their success

Future Optimization:

  • Facilitate further monetization for artists by integrating stablecoins for artists to offer paid content, as well as artist tokens that give fans the ability to access exclusive content, merch, events & experiences
  • Possible integrations with projects like Rally
  • Rewarding top artists with airdrops & revenue sharing from the platform
  • Allowing fans to participate in the growth of the artists career

In the News/Promising Developments:

Sources:

https://messari.io/asset/audius/profile

https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/audius/

https://docs.audius.org/welcome

https://medium.com/crypto-wisdom/what-is-audius-token-hot-it-is-decentralizing-music-industry-7dfeeaa6cf9f

https://coinbureau.com/review/audius-audio/

https://whitepaper.audius.co/AudiusWhitepaper.pdf

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