We are proud to announce that after months of waiting the day is finally here!
Our team has been working hard for the last few months to develop a set of tools to make web3 more approachable to podcasters and listeners.
Uncut.fm is meant to help podcasters monetize their community through NFTs and build a new podcasting economy—a world where hosts can use the blockchain to value their work and make stronger connections with their listeners.
Thanks to Uncut.fm podcasters can now mint audio NFTs automatically from their RSS feed in just one click. You just need to give the URL of your episode and a timestamp, upload your NFT image, and define your smart contract (price, number of copies, royalties…). Uncut.fm will mint your NFTs automatically and store the audio file permanently on Arweave for you.
Your NFT is now ready to sell with its own URL ;-) Try it yourself!
This is an example of what it looks like with my own podcast Silicon Carne.
Helping hosts and listeners through the journey
We know that web3 faces a significant hurdle in mainstream adoption: NFTs are still unfamiliar for many people, and the user journey is complicated and not yet optimal. It's not at all easy or intuitive for people new to crypto to do the simplest thing possible: buy and have complete control over their recently owned digital assets.
Because most of your listeners are first-time crypto users, we believe the experience must be custodial for now. Many web3 apps that exist today invite users to log in by connecting their wallet. But new crypto-users can be confused, overwhelmed, or distrustful if they don't recognize what they are looking at. For many users who don't have a wallet yet, we believe traditional login methods are the best option to experience your new NFT app.
With Uncut.fm, there is no need for a crypto wallet, no passwords, seed phrases, browser extensions, mobile apps, blocked transactions, or any other esoteric experience. Users create a custodial wallet on Uncut.fm by signing up with their email.
When it comes to payment, we wanted to provide an optimal experience for crypto-addicts and newbies who decide to purchase your NFT for the first time. We partnered with paper.xyz and created a more straightforward and faster NFT payment process. From BTC to USD, listeners can pay using the currency of their choice without the need for a crypto wallet. We even cover the costs & time wasted from credit card chargebacks for you.
It’s time to fix the podcasting economy
The business model of podcasting is broken, resulting in the most talented podcasters struggling to finance their work:
Sponsoring requires XL audiences, and as a result, 90% of advertising revenue goes to the top 1% of podcasters.
Subscriptions put podcasters in a dangerous content-creation treadmill leading to burnout.
We believe podcasters shouldn't be starving. Creators make our lives better. They put countless hours into professional-level content that entertains, inspires, and informs. Web3 has already proven community-based funding models are the best way to provide creators with the financial freedom they deserve. It's time to take that one step further and make it real.
Podcasters have been overlooked in the Web3 revolution. The world have seen an explosion of NFTs in 2021, but the audio space is still full of untapped potential. As podcasters ourselves, we've been super frustrated to see a lot of new startups creating blockchain projects for artists, musicians, and photographers, but nothing for podcasts!
This is precisely why we have created Uncut.fm with podcasters and their listeners in mind.