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Father of Podcasting Integrates Bitcoin Lightning Into His App

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 10:07
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Alex Dovbnya
Adam Curry has embraced the Bitcoin Lightning Network to free podcasting from corporate control
Father of Podcasting Integrates Bitcoin Lightning Into His App
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“Podfather” Adam Curry has announced the integration of the Lightning Network, Bitcoin’s layer-2 scaling solution, into his podcasting app.

“We are freeing podcasting from corporate control, and we are doing it by integrating decentralized content with decentralized money.”

Streaming sats

Earlier this week, streaming giant Spotify spilled the beans about the launch of subscription-based plans.    

Podcasting 2.0 introduced a disruptive monetization model that allows ditching ads altogether by receiving sats upon a per-minute rate.          

98 percent of all proceeds go directly to a podcaster’s wallet while the remaining two percent are equally split between app developers and the index wallet.        

The service is not pay-to-play. Curry explains that even those who have zero satoshis in their wallets will be able to get free access to podcasts.   

Users will also be able to send individual tips to creators while listening to podcasts by pressing a green button in the bottom corner of their screen.     

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Reinventing podcasting 

While the internet is now flooded with all sorts of podcasts, they were a novel concept back in 2004 when Curry, a former MTV host, introduced the iPodder program that could record radio broadcasts on the internet. 

Podcasting soon burst into the mainstream, with late Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrating it during his 2006 keynote speech. 

This September, Curry, together with fellow podcasting pioneer Dave Jones, announced the launch of an open podcast directory, The Podcast Index, on the first episode of Podcasting 2.0.  

If more players become lightning-integrated, this could be a game-changer for preserving free speech in the industry dominated by corporate behemoths.   

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at