Accelerating Podcasting 2.0 with Castamatic

Accelerating Podcasting 2.0 with Castamatic

Alby is pleased to announce a new integration with Castamatic; a podcast player much loved for the "On the Go" playlist feature. The app is available across all iOS platforms. Castamatic is jumping on the bandwagon to support the Value 4 Value (V4V) movement by enabling bitcoin payment streaming via the lightning network.

Listeners that toped up their Alby wallet with Bitcoin/Satoshis are now able to directly support their favorite podcasts shows with one tap. Castamatic offers three different types of transactions from payment streaming, one-time boosts to ‘boostagrams’.

Castamatic, Podcasting 2.0 and Value 4 Value

Podcasting 2.0 is a term that refers to a collection of initiatives that advance and decentralize podcasting. V4V is one such initiative that refers explicitly to giving consumers the means to contribute value directly to creators. With a vested interest in making V4V possible across the internet, Alby is the perfect match for integrating with podcast players like Castamatic.

The Lightning Network

The lightning network, a payment protocol layered on top of Bitcoin, is a perfect fit to streamline payments for digital content. It enables inexpensive and instant micro-transactions in an open payment network. Every person worldwide has the chance to become a participant in the global online economy as a consumer and seller of digital content. Listeners are able to stream value (bitcoin) to podcasters and interact directly with them through “boostagrams”, which are messages linked to payments.

How does it work for Castamatic users?

Getting started

  1. Download the Castamatic app
  2. Set up a free Alby account and top it up in case you haven't gone one yet
  3. Find a V4V-enabled show via Castamatic or check out
  4. V4V-enabled episodes show a button to connect your Alby wallet. All set!
  5. Start streaming payments or send boosts directly while you are listening
  6. Add individual messages in each transaction for your favourite creators
Castamatic UI - enabling V4V transactions between listeners and podcast hosts by Alby

Alby and Castamatic into the Future

Founder of Castamatic, Franco Solerio says ‘Value 4 Value is a game-changer in the world of podcasting, strengthening the bond between podcasters and their listeners. Integrating Alby inside Castamatic took the experience to a new level of smoothness and ease of use’.

By contributing to a native value layer for the internet Alby is committed to enable direct monetization flows for content creators. Podcasting is one of the first industries to benefit from this technology. Alby is thanking Castamatic for this integration and will be at arms length to support this partnership going forward.

Interested to become an Alby partner?

Come join us – currently we offer free of charge early adopter help for V4V integrations for podcast player or podcast hosting services. Learn more or reach out.

Are you a podcast creator? Then learn how to add a risk free revenue stream to your show. Check this out.