Baboom! Kim Dotcom is Launching a Music Service…

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Kim Dotcom is launching his music service, Baboom, in January.

Kim Dotcom has spent nearly four years working on an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor,” and just revealed details about the upcoming service to Wired.  At first, Baboom will only show Kim Dotcom’s artist page… he’s releasing an EDM album.  A couple months later, the full site will launch.

The site will have free music and will compensate artists using ad-generated revenue.  And all of that will be generated through a controversial ad-plugin component:

“Baboom users can install a little plugin that replaces the ads you’d normally see on the internet with ones that we control through our ad network. Just as advertisers go to AdWords to buy ads from Google for certain search terms, they’ll be able to come to us and buy these ads at half the price and still have ads shown against the same keywords. And 100 percent of the money is credited to the user, who can spend it on music.”

20 Responses

  1. Yves Villeneuve

    Scam. Needs to seek licenses to host or share music files. He can control user-uploaded files that match a list of artist and song titles provided by rights holders, which the uploader must check to properly tag the filenames for a clean search experience… That is why Grooveshark will lose court case if it is properly attacked by complainants.

    • Fin

      What a stupid comment. The point is the artists using it will give the consent required. Licensing organizations have no involvement with this. That’s the point

        • Nina Ulloa

          No… I don’t think the point of the new site is to distribute songs by artists that already have deals. The point is to circumvent that.

          • Yves Villeneuve

            It still needs a license from me and I’m considered an unsigned artist. This site or any site just can’t legally allow anyone to upload any file. That said, if only rights holders can upload content then that’s legal. In any case, I won’t be uploading anything there…people who have to earn ad revenues to pay for music are not exactly a worthwhile target market for premier advertisers. In addition, this guy isn’t what I call trustworthy… Also, he likes to pretend he is the mafia.

          • Nina Ulloa

            If bandcamp can do it I’m sure these guys have figured out how to put the selling platform together

          • Yves Villeneuve

            Just curious, how does Baboom make a profit and cover costs to begin with?

            Didn’t read the Wired article.

          • Yves Villeneuve

            How is this “breaking the establishment”? Major labels would love to see 99.9% of unsigned artists give exclusive rights to Baboom.

    • Anonymous

      The interesting part is that he declares war on Google.

      So the two sworn enemies of art of music finally collide. Terminator vs. Aliens. Hopefully, they’ll destroy each other. Where’s that pop corn smiley when you need it.

  2. chosenlovemusic

    J. Cole isn’t the only raw talent coming out of North Craolina. Check out unsigned, solo artist Chosen Love (formally known as Young D).

  3. what a liar

    Kim Dotcom sold German hackers to the German authorities and now has the nerve to say he fights against the NSA.

  4. robert

    This is BS more greedy people high jacking the music industry…

  5. things are getting serious

    Symantec CEO Steve Bennett says that intellectual property theft is biggest cyber security threat.

  6. soniquarium muzika

    Seriously, a EDM EP? How many of you “Wana” be artist are jumping on the EDM model? Stick with POP music, it will make you FAMOUS!

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