Well known for his piracy battle with the United States regarding former website MegaUpload, creator Kim Dotcom announced today the release of his newest website, Baboom, which is meant to rival the paywalls of Spotify and iTunes, according to TechCrunch.com. Though the full website won’t be launched until later in 2014, here are five things that we know about the newest website.
1. The First Album for the Website’s Demo Is, Not Surprisingly, Kim Dotcom’s Own Album
Good Times is already available on Google play and iTunes, but you can download it for free from the Baboom demo directly. For those who like EDM, or plain irony, the album is worth the price. Though if you want to pay for the album, Baboom points users to paid sites. “My idea is that artists should make their music available for free, and fans should only pay for it if they really like it,” Dotcom said to TechCrunch.com. You can see the music video for his song “Change Your Life” below:
2. Baboom Will Not Be Completely Free
Baboom will most likely follow the way of Spotify with paid content being ad-free. “Some paid content will be available free to those who install an ad substitution browser plugin,” reported Ars Technica.
3. Tweeting #Baboom Gets You the Beta Version
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 20, 2014
Kim Dotcom’s twitter posted for those who retweeted “Checkout Kim Dotcom’s #Baboom at Baboom.com” will receive the beta invite.
4. Dotcom Is Marketing Baboom Heavily in New Zealand
The music site will have an extensive marketing campaign including widespread radio advertisements and wrappings on the back of more than 100 buses, the New Zealand Herald reported.
5. We Shall Wait & See if Baboom Actually Launches on Time
Dotcom has promised launching Baboom in June of last year at his January birthday party, and in November he told the UK’s Wired magazine that he would launch Baboom a few months after his Good Times album release.