What is a DCM?

Coin Cloud
3 min readMar 29, 2021


Digital Currency Machines Explained

The cryptocurrency industry is confusing enough. Why do we need to make it more complicated by using different terminology?

You might have wondered:

  • What is a Digital Currency Machine (DCM)?
  • How is a DCM different from a Bitcoin ATM (BTM)?
  • How do we know what this kiosk does compared to that one?

Digital Currency Machine vs Bitcoin ATM

There are a few things to look at when it comes to figuring out what best to call a machine that offers a service. There’s not just one answer.

Here’s the short answer: A Digital Currency Machine, Cryptocurrency Kiosk, Crypto ATM, Bitcoin ATM and BTM are all basically the same thing. They’re machines that let you buy (and/or sell) bitcoin, and sometimes other digital currency, with cash. They don’t require a bank account — just cash and a mobile wallet.

Here’s the longer answer: While the industry has chosen to use the “Bitcoin ATM” verbiage most often (followed by BTM and Crypto ATM), we at Coin Cloud don’t necessarily agree that it’s the most accurate description.

Using the term “ATM” is confusing to many consumers because they naturally associate it with a banking ATM (which is fine, because that’s what it’s named after).

Four Problems with “Bitcoin ATM”:

  1. Unlike an ATM, you don’t need a bank account or debit card to use a Bitcoin ATM.
  2. 80% of BTMs don’t let you withdraw cash like an ATM does.
  3. ATMs have a different set of licensing requirements than BTMs.
  4. Many BTMs are compatible with more virtual currencies than just Bitcoin (hence the term Crypto ATM, which still has the first three problems).

Introducing the Digital Currency Machine (DCM)

Coin Cloud prefers to call our kiosks Digital Currency Machines because it’s a more accurate description, and because our kiosks are different than other brands:

  • Coin Cloud DCMs let you buy AND sell digital currencies with cash
  • Coin Cloud DCMs support bitcoin AND 30 altcoins for both buying and selling

No other national brand can say this. 100% of Coin Cloud DCMs are two-way (bidirectional), so you can buy digital currencies with cash, or sell them for cash (“cash out”). Other brands operate 96%+ buy-only machines, compatible with only a few additional currencies besides bitcoin.

So don’t be confused. We don’t mind if you call our machines a Bitcoin ATM, BTM, Crypto Kiosk, or just a Coin Cloud. But when you hear the term Digital Currency Machine, or DCM, you’ll know it’s new-and-improved terminology that we feel best represents what we offer our customers.

What is Coin Cloud?
Coin Cloud is a digital currency machine (DCM) company founded in 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. With over 1,600 locations nationwide, Coin Cloud is the world’s largest and fastest-growing network of two-way DCMs, a more advanced version of the Bitcoin ATM. Over 60% of all two-way bitcoin machines in the US are Coin Cloud DCMs, empowering you to quickly and easily buy and sell 30+ virtual currency options with cash. You can find your
nearest Coin Cloud DCM here.



Coin Cloud

The world’s leading operator of two-way Digital Currency Machines (DCMs), more advanced Bitcoin ATMs.