What Are Music NFTs?
Music NFTs are digital assets that grant holders the ownership rights to music clips. Like other NFTs, which grant their holders ownership to images or digital artwork, NFT music does so with audio recordings. By minting music NFTs (read more if you’re asking yourself “what is NFT minting?”), musicians and artists are able to provide original digital assets to interested investors, while adding to their own revenue streams.
This is critical given that the music industry has been undergoing a massive transformation since the days of Napster, with streaming services and copyright issues compromising legacy systems. Artists have sought to find ways to leverage technology for their own benefit. And NFTs, based on blockchain technology, have emerged as a promising income source.
NFTs have gained popularity in recent years in large part due to the pandemic. Many artists generate revenue through touring — by selling merchandise, and getting a cut of ticket sales. But when the pandemic struck, all of that revenue dried up. As such, some turned to music NFTs as a way to incorporate a new revenue stream.
How Do Music NFTs Work?
Music NFTs work more or less the same way that other NFTs work in that they grant ownership to a unique piece of property to the holder. They use the same underlying cryptocurrency technology, blockchain, that cryptos such as Bitcoin are built on. Music NFTs, then, take the form of digital tokens, which their owners keep safely in digital crypto wallets.
Web 3.0 technology is growing as well, and because it’s also decentralized and permissionless, like many forms of crypto, it supports the widespread use of NFTs.
Music NFTs are minted, and then ownership details are grafted into a blockchain network, and when they are transacted, the details of those ownership changes are likewise recorded on the blockchain — similar to various other types of cryptocurrency transactions.
The big difference between NFT music and, say, purchasing a song or album on Amazon or another retailer, is that the NFT owner becomes the actual owner of the song itself. They own the asset, whereas purchasing a digital music track from a retailer only grants you the right to listen to the song. In effect, it’s licensing.