Will the InterPlanetary File System Save Soundcloud?

We listen to a lot of music at Forest Giant. When one of our favorite artists, RAC, released his latest album EGO on the ethereum network and hosted it on the interplanetary file system (IPFS), we were hooked. While RAC is the first established musician to launch an album through this method, we believe that IPFS and decentralized computing on the whole is the future of digital; to have it breach the musical mainstream is just one more step towards wider adoption.

But let’s talk a little bit more about IPFS. The InterPlanetary File System is a protocol to create a permanent and decentralized method of storing and sharing files. It seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files, acting as a peer-to-peer distributed file system. This method of storing and sharing strengthens the lifetime of the files - there’s no centralized server to worry about, and no single point of failure.

"Perhaps the InterPlanetary File System could one day make the web more resilient to the ebbs and flows of corporate dollars."
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Klint Finley, Wired Magazine

With the recent Soundcloud bankruptcy scare, decentralized file distribution may be the answer to archiving the vast collections of music on the platform. Would organizations like the Archive Team need to download 855TB of Soundcloud data to protect the platform’s legacy if files were hosted through the InterPlanetary File System? Probably not!

We’re excited to watch the growth and adoption of decentralized computing. Its applications span across multiple industries and use cases, giving it the potential to make widespread, sweeping positive change to the way we handle digital files, interactions, currency, and so much more. For the time being though, check out RAC’s newest release on UJO!

Jessica Elle
Digital Marketing