Disctopia, a podcast hosting and streaming service for independent creators, today announces its partnership with Alby, the Lightning Network wallet for web browsers, to integrate Bitcoin payments for the platform’s customers.
This collaboration brings instant and direct micropayments to content creators as a part of the Podcast 2.0 movement—composed of initiatives to promote podcasting’s open technology. As a platform striving to bring equitable profits for creatives, this new feature drives Disctopia closer to its industry goals.
Disctopia will allow users to link the Alby in-browser extension with their new or existing wallet account to pay and receive Bitcoins swiftly. The payment service implements the Value 4 Value (V4V) model, which resembles a pay-what-you-want system where listeners stream value to creators in Bitcoin.
V4V aims to give every person a chance to participate in the global online economy as a consumer and seller of digital content.
“We are very excited about partnering with Alby and integrating V4V. With this integration, we will remain committed to paying creators for their content. Through V4V, Disctopia enables creators worldwide to gain profits for their work regardless of where they live or how their content is consumed,” said Patrick Hill, founder and CEO of Disctopia, “Our platform will be one of the first to pay musicians and podcasters fairly per stream, download, and play.”
“Alby is a project devoted to building Bitcoin and lightning network infrastructure, and podcasting is one of the first industries to benefit. Disctopia and Alby’s collaboration to bring instant and direct micropayment monetization to new content formats, such as video, music, and audiobooks, is another promising sign for the lightning and V4V movement,” said co- founders of Alby.
In the long term, Disctopia plans to embed the Alby wallet payment API to show account balances and other in-app features directly on creators’ dashboards. Furthermore, the streaming platform will integrate API into its mobile app, allowing users to send payments directly to their favorite artists from their mobile devices.
Disctopia operates from Charlotte, North Carolina, as a streaming platform dedicated to delivering indie content from creatives to fans globally through the Disctopia App. The platform is on a mission to revolutionize the industry by offering artists equitable profits from every stream. The company is reimagining content streaming by providing access to indie creatives’ content. Ultimately, Disctopia aims to build a future where every creator is given a fair chance to succeed.
Alby is a wallet to transact Bitcoin payments through web browsers on the Bitcoin Lightning Network. The Lightning Network, a payment protocol layered on top of Bitcoin, enables affordable and instant microtransactions over an open payment grid. The in-browser extension service offers simplified payments across the globe using passwordless logins with the V4V model. Additionally, Alby conveniently allows for direct and instant payments and the option to set spending budgets for each website.