Spotify testing NFT galleries for Artists

The craze of NFTs has far surpassed the expected growth curve, with major artists and platforms embracing the era of digital assets. In the past few months, there have been several exciting developments where popular celebrities have launched exciting new NFT collections, and the art platform is incorporating these new demands.

Only recently, The Chainsmokers, a popular pop music creator, launched an NFT collection of 5,000 NFTs, which gives holders access to streaming royalties. In an exciting turn of events, the popular music streaming platform Spotify is also testing the NFT waters. 

Spotify X NFTs

Spotify is testing out a new feature where they will display NFT galleries on the artist’s pages. While this feature is currently limited to a small test with selected artists in the US, Spotify will launch full-fledged NFT integration soon. 

The test is being conducted for Android devices for now, and as a part of this test, users will be able to visit artists’ galleries on their pages. On tapping the NFT menu, the user will be able to see a large preview of the image, which will redirect them to the NFT landing page, where they will be able to purchase the artists’ NFTs. 

According to the publication Music Ally, Spotify will not collect a commission on the sales for now as it is just a test integration. Spotify also confirmed the test and mentioned that this update will “help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles.”

They further added, “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences. Some of those tests end up paving the way for a broader experience and others serve only as an important learning,”

However, presently Spotify won’t support a video or GF NFT as the test is limited to thumbnail previews or images. Moreover, users won’t be able to see the NFT unless they click on the menu and visit the official listing platform out of the app.

However, this is great news for all the artists and fans as a major streaming platform is joining the NFT wave. 

Everything you need to know about Terra Luna’s latest predicament

The cryptocurrency market is facing one of the worst runs since 2020, where all major cryptocurrencies and stablecoins or meme coins are tumbling down. However, one of the most shocking falls that the crypto industry has ever witnessed is the downfall of Terra Luna. According to the recent stats, as per CoinMarketCap data, LUNA has crashed over 85 percent and is currently selling at $0.0002136 after reaching $99.24 earlier this month. Before we understand the reasons behind this crash, let’s first understand LUNA. 

What is LUNA?

Terra is a blockchain protocol that utilizes fiat-pegged stablecoins to power price-stable global payments systems. LUNA is the native token of Terra Lua and is used to stabilize the price of the protocol’s stablecoins. LUNA holders gain voting rights making the token a governance token. 

While LUNA is the native token of the Terra Luna blockchain network, its most famous stablecoin, UST, is highly dependent on the governance token. To create UST, the user must burn LUNA tokens. So, for instance, earlier, you could trade one LUNA token for 85 UST when LUNA was worth $85. However, the entire dynamics of the tokens changed as now UST is worth around 44 cents due to several reasons which caused LUNA’s price overall drop. 

Reason Behind this Drop 

Earlier this weekend, over $2 billion worth of UST tokens were unstaked, and hundreds of millions of them were immediately sold. Such a huge sell pushed the price of the stablecoin down to 91 cents, and traders trying to take advantage of arbitrage exchanged 90 cents worth of UST for $1 worth of LUNA. However, there was a speed bump as only $100 million worth of UST can be burned in a single day. 

These mechanics caused a significant shift in the UST and LUNA’s price, further fueled by the low market conditions. Stablecoins are expected to remain stable and not fluctuate too far from their pegged price. This major change is now raising questions about the stability of stablecoins. 

NFT Bytes – Everything you need to learn about NFTs!

The crypto space is expanding at an exponential rate and to make the most out of these opportunities, people need to be educated. Luckily for us, Blockchained India has taken it upon itself to hold several virtual events catering to different avenues in crypto and educate people about the latest developments. 

Blockchained India hosts these events on Initialize Metaverse, a six-month conference organized by the collaborative efforts of Terra Luna and Draper Dragon fund, with Polygon Network as the ecosystem partner. With this conference, Blockchained India aims to explore the growing world of DeFi, NFTs, GameFi, DAOs, Identity Management, etc. and their correlation to the metaverse. The team is here with the next event in the line – NFT Bytes. 

NFT Bytes by Initialize Metaverse

NFT Bytes is the next event on the list and will include understanding the immersive NFT space and the different utilities behind the digital assets. The expert panel will discuss the future of the NFT industry and how digital creators can use this opportunity to expand their services. The agenda for the meetup includes: 

  • 5:00-5:10: Welcome Session
  • 5:10-5:30: Talk on Going Beyond the PFP: The Broader Potential of NFTs by Anuj Kodam, Co-Founder & CEO, Wall App
  • 5:30-6:10: Panel discussion on “NFTs: Is it a FAD or long term trend?”

The panel will be hosted by Sameer Malik, Partner Chain Assets Capital

Speakers for the panel:

1. Raghav Gupta, Founder Nova DAO

2. Yoel Aryeh, Co-Founder, The Meta Organization

3. Joshua Mapperson, Head of Communications & Ecosystem Development, RockX

  • 6:10-6:30: Networking Session 

Blockchained India is the largest and oldest crypto network working towards the adoption and promotion of Web 3.0 in India. One of the ways they achieve this is by organizing free knowledge sharing sessions to educate Indians about the potential of blockchain technology, NFTs, DeFi, GameFi, etc. Blockchained India has been hosting several meetups as a part of Initialize Metaverse in the last six months and is here with its next meetup on the agenda called NFT Bytes.

Meta starts Testing Digital Collectibles on Instagram with Polygon

Last year Facebook rebranded to Meta to introduce a metaverse approach to the largest social media platform. Over the past few months, Meta has been making gradual progress, and recently Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, has announced that Meta will start testing NFTs and digital collectibles on a small number of users on Instagram this week. 

According to this development, a small group of creators and collectors of Instagram in the US will be able to use NFTs as profile pictures, following a similar approach as Twitter. Users in the test group will also be able to post NFTs at zero cost by linking to third-party digital wallets in-app, according to the company. The profile pictures with NFTs will get a special shimmer around the photo. 

What to expect?

Initially, Meta will support Ethereum and Polygon and will expand its services to Flow wand Solana soon. The third-party wallets that are compatible with Meta are rainbow, MetaMask, and Trust Wallet, along with Coinbase, Dapper, and Phantom. 

“Soon, we will roll out digital collectibles on Facebook, and will also soon allow people to display and share their digital collectibles as AR stickers in Instagram Stories, bringing the benefits of this technology to even more creators and collectors,” said a rep from Meta. 

Zuckerberg or the company has not yet confirmed the same feature rollout on Facebook for now. However, on Instagram, the creators will also be able to use augmented reality NFTs on stories using Spark AR, a free studio that allows users and businesses to create their filters. This move will help creators place their digital art into physical rooms and spaces. 

In other news, Meta has also officially opened the doors to its first physical store to sell hardware for virtual and augmented reality.

“In the Meta Store, you’ll be able to get hands-on experience with all our hardware products,” said a statement from the company. “We want you to interact with everything. We want you to pick stuff up. We want you to feel it.”

SBI, a Japanese e-Commerce site, adopts BTC and XRP

Cryptocurrencies are going mainstream, which is evident by the fact that several centralized marketplaces are now offering users the ability to make purchases using digital assets. Recently, one such development has taken place where SBI Motor Japan, a subsidiary of SBI Africa Co. Ltd., will allow the customers to make purchases for used cars using Bitcoin and Ripple

According to the announcement by SBI, this development will initiate the first incident ever where XRP digital currency will be used on a cross-border Japanese e-commerce site. Both BTX and XRP transactions will be settled on SBI VC Trade Co. Ltd, a cryptocurrency exchange owned by the SBI Group. According to the report, the cryptocurrency exchange will use various security methods to avoid money laundering and terrorist financing through crypto transactions. 

Moreover, SBI has also revealed that it is currently monitoring and scrutinizing its business partners to thoroughly verify and check if they have Anti-Money Laundering and corporate regulations in place. The announcement also mentioned that apart from BTC and XRP, the company will also support other projects that serve the growing demand of its clients. 

According to the statement, this move from SBI is to cater to the growing demand for digital currencies in developing nations such as Africa, where people do not have access to traditional financial services. 

Ripple’s Big Win

This announcement is a big achievement for Ripple, as it has been struggling with a lawsuit filed in 2020. The lawsuit that accused Ripple of selling unregistered securities led to the currency’s downfall. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse expressed that he is positive about the long-ongoing lawsuit and hopes for a favorable outcome. 

According to a developer relations engineer at Ignite, Aliasgar Merchant, the adoption of XRP outside the US is a good indicator that a lawsuit in the United States “shall not deter a technology from adoption.”

He went on to add that global governments are seizing any possible moment to embrace digital currencies, and

“if they can implement security and technology together, that’s like a marriage in heaven.” Merchant also added that “a revolution in financial technology is much needed, especially in developing countries. This initiative will make sure developing and underdeveloped countries get good financial opportunities.”