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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. 

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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. 

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.

Spotify is booming its way into the Metaverse

Spotify, the popular music streaming platform, is officially launching its virtual presence in the metaverse by partnering up with kids gaming platform Roblox. This venture of Spotify makes it the first music-streaming platform to have a presence in the metaverse. 

Spotify has marked its presence in the metaverse with ‘Spotify Island,’ an interactive world where the company plans on “creating a place where fans can link up and create new sounds together, hang out in digital spaces, and gain access to exclusive virtual merch.”

With the help of Spotify Island, the company is “creating an easy opportunity for artists to connect with fans and to partner with Spotify on the creation of in-game virtual merchandise.”

The announcement further added, “Spotify’s portion of those sales will go directly back to the artists themselves. We’ll work with artists to create more opportunities like this in the months ahead”.

Spotify is moving up!

This launch on Roblox is paired with a recruitment drive for Web 3 experts at the company. The company was also recently hiring a Senior Backend Engineer who would be responsible for driving growth using new technologies such as Web 3. According to the job ad, Spotify is searching for individuals who can “Spotify’s portion of those sales will go directly back to the artists themselves. We’ll work with artists to create more opportunities like this in the months ahead”.

Talking about the partnership, Spotify said that Roblox users would be able to “mingle with artists, complete interactive quests, and unlock exclusive content.” Moreover, the players can also create music, and explore sounds at virtual beat-maker stations that are powered by Soundtrap. 

“THIS LAUNCH JUST SCRATCHES THE SURFACE WHEN IT COMES TO WAYS USERS CAN EXPERIENCE SPOTIFY ISLAND ON ROBLOX.”

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According to the reports, Spotify’s global users grew by 2 million in Q1 2022, increasing the total number to 182 million subscribers. It would be interesting to witness the music-streaming platform’s journey into the metaverse. 

Gucci to start accepting $BTC, $SHIB, $DOGE & More!

The fact that renowned international clothing and fashion brands are now accepting digital currencies as payment mode and participating in blockchain technology, NFTs, and Metaverse is proof enough of the massive growth of digital currencies. 

Gucci, the international fashion brand, recently announced its plan in Web 3.0 to accept crypto payments in selected US stores by the end of this month. The high-end luxury fashion brand will also extend this service to its other stores in North America by this summer. 

What to expect?

According to the sources, in-store payment will be accepted as crypto, starting with Bitcoin, Shib, Dogecoin and more, using a link that will be sent to customers using email. The customer must scan the QR code using their digital wallets to make the purchase. 

As per the news, the first Gucci stores to accept crypto payments are Wooster Street in New York, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, Miami Design District, Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, and The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas.

Vogue, the American fashion and lifestyle magazine, also mentioned, 

“Gucci will accept payments in more than 10 currencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Wrapped Bitcoin, Litecoin, Shiba Inu, and five stablecoins pegged to the US dollar. It will also accept Dogecoin, a “meme” cryptocurrency originally created as a joke.“

Marco Bizzari, the President and CEO of Gucci, also released a statement, 

“Gucci is always looking to embrace new technologies when they can provide an enhanced experience for our customers. Now that we are able to integrate cryptocurrencies within our payment system, it is a natural evolution for those customers who would like to have this option available to them.”

Gucci is one of the early adopters of crypto and Web 3.0 to target Gen Z. The brand has been interacting with the metaverse for the last year and also recently collaborated with Superplastic to release a collection of 500 NFTs to take its crypto approach a notch further. 

VARA, Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority, to open MetaHQ in The Sandbox

Dubai’s crypto regulator has announced its plan to launch a metaverse headquarters in The Sandbox as a part of Dubai’s attempt to turn itself into the virtual asset hub for the world. The announcement was made on Tuesday when the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, 

“Our presence in the metaverse… marks the beginning of a new phase in the Dubai government’s march for the future; one that will have a positive impact in the long run,”

The authority has not unveiled the details about the MetaHQ or Meta headquarters and what the purpose of this development is. However, the authority, in a brief statement, mentioned that the MetaHQ will:

“serve as its primary channel to engage [Virtual Asset Service Providers] across the globe to initiate applications, enable younger licensees [to] enter the metaverse, openly share knowledge and experiences with consumers and peer regulators to raise awareness, enable safe adoption, and drive global interoperability.”

About the MetaHQ

Details about the MetaHQ are still hazy, and the location of the headquarters in The Sandbox has not been revealed yet. VARA, Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority, was established at the beginning of March to develop an advanced legal framework and regulatory system for the operations of virtual assets in Dubai and the rest of the UAE. 

All the crypto firms that wish to operate in UAE must obtain a crypto license from VARA along with establishing a business presence in-country. Moreover, VARA also regulates the activities of custodians and asset managers in the crypto space. 

This MetaHQ seems to be part of the Dubai government’s attempt to turn the city into a global hub for the digital economy and virtual assets. However, what regulations VARA will impose is still to be seen.