Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Teases New Baboom Music Service

Lars Brandle/Billboard

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is getting back into the music business.

Just days after resigning as director of his latest project Mega, the German Internet entrepreneur has dropped details for his new music service, Baboom.

While the official release is said to be a few months away, Dotcom revealed to Torrent Freak that his new venture would offer an ad-funded music model, alongside a paid version.

Dotcom pitches the service to artists saying their “entire career can be managed on Baboom,” adding they “never had more freedom, transparency and control.”

And there's cash in the coffers. Dotcom says he's secured “several millions” in funding for the project, which is an evolution of the long-rumored Megabox.

Earlier reports had suggested Megabox would compensate artists through advertising revenue and give artists 90% of all earnings, and that Dotcom planned to work directly with artists rather than work with record labels.

Dotcom recently stepped down from day-to-day involvement in Mega, the file-sharing site he launched in January. A year earlier, Megaupload was shut down and Dotcom's New Zealand mansion was raided by authorities. The U.S. has argued that the file-sharing website cost copyright holders more than $500 million in losses

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