Most Influential 40: Roneil Rumburg

Audius, a music streaming platform based on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains, partnered this year with TikTok on the video-sharing app’s new TikTok Sounds library. It was a first of its kind deal with the social media giant, and a signal that Audius, founded by Roneil Ronberg, might emerge as a real challenge to centralized services like Spotify – or at least find its place within the establishment. Ronberg’s app, especially popular among electronic and dance musicians, takes a novel, token-based approach to the economics of music streaming.

What was your biggest success in 2021?

Audius grew from ~500,000 monthly listeners at the end of 2020 to nearly 7 million today – representing a 14x jump in usage. Artists on the network nearly tripled to over 200,000 while the content catalog doubled in size to more than 600,000 tracks.

Name one big plan for Audius 2022.

Monetization. 🙂

How is crypto going to change the world by 2030?

I think everyone in the world, whether they know it or not, will interact with a crypto-powered product on a daily basis.

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