The future of music streaming on the blockchain

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Audius wants to cut the middlemen out of music streaming so artists get paid their fair share. Coming out of stealth today led by serial entrepreneur and DJ Ranidu Lankage, Audius is building a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud.

  • Jesse Leimgruber
    Jesse LeimgruberCEO @ NeoReach, Stanford

    Much needed in the industry. Talented team.


    Not yet launched.


    Jesse Leimgruber has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Fantastic team solving some big market inefficiencies


    N/A - hasn't launched yet

    Really excited about Audius

    Shannon Wu has never used this product.
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Nick Abouzeid
Nick AbouzeidHunterPro@nickabouzeid · Content @ Emergence Capital
Was lucky enough to interview Ranidu, Roneil, and Forrest earlier this week about their plans to decentralize the entire music industry. I was initially skeptical of any attempt to bust up the entertainment industry, but their model is well-thought out and helps every player (except the pesky middlemen). Pumped to see their network go live and give it a shot!
keyul@keyul · Maker of Quick Code & Bot Stash
@nickabouzeid where is the interview link?
Ranidu Lankage
Ranidu LankageMakerHiring@ranidu · CEO at Audius
@nickabouzeid Thanks for taking the time Nick and for posting Audius! Loved chatting with you.
Nick Abouzeid
Nick AbouzeidHunterPro@nickabouzeid · Content @ Emergence Capital
@keyul We didn't end up recording it, sorry about that!
Raman Shalupau
Raman Shalupau@ksaitor · Maker @
@ranidu why did you guys stopped working on AskWhale 🐳 ? Did the redesign kill it? It was gaining good traction and engagement. I loved it! Made new friends there. …before redesign 😒
Ranidu Lankage
Ranidu LankageMakerHiring@ranidu · CEO at Audius
@ksaitor The redesign did not kill Whale. The long term retention not being up-to the mark killed it.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Taking it back to your days building Drop and Artist Union, 3-4 years ago! I love music and appreciate those building tools for makers and creators. As with any marketplace, the cold start challenge is always super tough. How are you onboarding artists initially, @ranidu and team?
Ranidu Lankage
Ranidu LankageMakerHiring@ranidu · CEO at Audius
@rrhoover The DROP!!! Thanks for all the support along my journey Ryan. On the question of how we bootstrap this, we have an awesome advisory board in the works with both music Artists and high profile industry executives. We also plan on using token incentives for artists to sign up.
James (Sunny) Vista
James (Sunny) Vista@jamesvista12 · James Vista
Really exciting stuff! I think this really could be the first mainstream application of Blockchain technology. Excited to see a quality team on this vision too. What sort of advisors are you looping in? Do you have any actual artists that you've spoken to yet? Any news about timeline?
Forrest Browning
Forrest BrowningMakerHiring@forrest_browning · Co-Founder & Head of Product at Audius
@jamesvista12 Thanks for the kind words, those are great questions!! We currently have 6 great advisors publicly listed on the site, with a handful of even more high-profile music & tech advisors being announced in the coming weeks. Product Timeline - Whitepaper will be released within a few weeks (signup for newsletter on site). Hoping to have a beta by end of year, with a full network launch next year! Artists - We've been speaking nonstop with artists across all genres, including 3LAU who's come onboard as an outspoken advocate & advisor. Few more headliners will be announced soon, stay tuned!!
PJ Leimgruber
PJ Leimgruber@misterpeej · Marketing Lead @ district0x
This is a perfect example of where the blockchain can be properly disruptive. Huge supporter.