Kim Dotcom, founder of Mega, has revealed his plans for a new music service. BABOOM aims to give artists control over streaming music and the ever-confident Dotcom believes his new music service could be a game-changer.
TorrentFreak announced the reveal of Baboom. In the last week, Dotcom stepped down as managing director of Mega, a file-sharing site that promises privacy and security for users and their data, to focus on other projects. Dotcom said of his decision on Twitter, “#Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party.” Dotcom could face extradition to the United States for copyright infringement and that case is still pending.
While Dotcom is currently entrenched in a legal battle, the entrepreneur remains active in developing new projects. Dotcom has been discussing a new music service since 2011, notes TorrentFreak, and Baboom fulfills this longstanding goal. Speaking to the site, Dotcom says the service will launch from Baboom.com and artists can use the service for every aspect of their career. “Artists never had more freedom, transparency and control,” said Dotcom to TorrentFreak.
The music service will have a free version that is supported by advertising, with artists receiving a percentage of the ad revenue, and a paid version that eliminates ads. Dotcom will run Baboom through a company he owns, reports TorrentFreak.
Dotcom’s initial reveal of Baboom did not include any specific details but he did say there are several artists already working with him on the music service. There was no timeframe set for Baboom’s launch but TorrentFreak states it could happen in the next few months. Based on Dotcom’s history, the music service’s launch will be hard to ignore.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.