Kim Dotcom's Baboom

Kim Dotcom’s Baboom

Kim Dotcom is at it again. Two years to the day that his compound was raided by law enforcement, Kim Dotcom previewed his own hybrid of Spotify and iTunes. Media is like oxygen to the New Zealand based fugitive who’s launching his own streaming and download music service called Baboom. Here’s the deal: You pay for music only if you like it.

So far, Kim Dotcom’s electronic dance album Good Times¬†is the only offering available on Baboom. Thus far, it appears you can’t even buy the album on Baboom. It’s free. The album has also been released on iTunes, Amazon and the Google Play Store.

In a Tweet earlier today Kim Dotcom claimed to have cracked the Top 20 on iTunes, but he’s nowhere to be seen on the list (If so, that would also mean that listeners had actually paid for his album rather than downloading it for free). It also claimed 78,000 plays during Baboom’s first hour.

In a video on the site Kim Dotcom says:¬†“My idea is that artists should make their music available for free and fans should only pay for it if they really like it. So I’m going to lead by example and I’m making my album available for free on Baboom. Let’s prove that my idea for the music industry works by making my album the number one!”

The economic model for Baboom is really not clear, but a full-scale launch of the website is planned for later this year.

Baboom’s launch, the release of Good Times and Kim Dotcom’s 40th birthday party were to have been rolled into one huge free event for 25,000 at a New Zealand arena. That show was cancelled when it was determined that the event could conflict with campaign and elections laws. Kim Dotcom is now planning to launch his own political party (God help us all).

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