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Spotify Is Officially Testing Exclusive ‘Token-Enabled’ Playlists

Spotify Is Officially Testing Exclusive ‘Token-Enabled’ Playlists
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About 9 months after it started permitting choose artists to promote non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on-platform, Spotify is testing a function that allows sure NFT holders to entry unique playlists.

The Stockholm-headquartered streaming platform’s newest NFT enlargement only recently got here to gentle in social media posts penned by entities together with Kingship. “Signed” to Common Music Group’s 10:22PM, the latter is a digital “supergroup” comprised of characters from the Bored Ape Yacht Membership NFT venture.

And in line with Kingship, for which 10:22PM final summer season minted hundreds of “digital key card” non-fungible tokens, those that possess its NFTs can take heed to a “token-enabled playlist” on Spotify. The crew behind Kingship – now together with precise musicians – in a tweet described the seemingly easy course of related to accessing the playlist.

“All you want is a KINGSHIP Key Card NFT to unlock this playlist on Spotify. For now, this pilot is barely accessible to Android customers within the US, UK, DE, AU and NZ,” reads one of many many messages written in regards to the “special moment.”

People who don’t personal Kingship key playing cards – which stay accessible on OpenSea and, if the displayed sale costs are correct, are fetching comparatively substantial sums – can’t see the playlist’s included songs. Non-owners can nevertheless view the touchdown web page for the mobile-only playlist (aptly entitled “KINGSHIP’S Unique Playlist”), which is labeled “TOKEN ENABLED” and had 46 likes on the time of this writing.

Upon tapping the play button, one is prompted to attach a crypto pockets (Metamask, Belief Pockets, and Rainbow amongst them) to his or her Spotify account, and for homeowners of the suitable token, doing so would presumably unlock Kingship’s Spotify playlist without delay.

In addition to Kingship, a portion of the Fluf, Moonbirds, and Overlord NFT communities’ respective members can likewise entry unique Spotify playlists at current, in line with CoinDesk. 

It’s unclear when (or whether or not) the streaming service will make the exclusive-playlist function accessible to totally different NFT holders and in further nations. However with NFTs having reportedly skilled a considerable gross sales slowdown in 2022, whereas additionally spurring a number of high-profile lawsuits, time will reveal the exact reputation of “token-enabled” playlists.

Extra broadly, although, the presence of unique Spotify playlists is important, particularly given the platform’s ongoing effort to optimize the consumer expertise and stand out within the crowded audio-entertainment sphere – whereas concurrently making cuts on the podcasting aspect.

As 10:22PM belongs to Common Music Group, it bears mentioning in conclusion that Lucian Grainge in January known as for streaming’s compensation mannequin to evolve, earlier than UMG kicked off February by saying a associated collaboration with Tidal.