In New Zealand, Kim Dotcom’s new music service Baboom has officially gone live. So far, it offers just one album—his own, Good Times.
“My idea is that artists should make their music available for free, and fans should only play for it if they really like it,” Dotcom says in a video greeting posted to the site. "So I’m going to lead by example today, and I’m making my album free on Baboom. So you go ahead and listen to it, and only pay if you like it. Prove my idea for the music industry works by making my album the number one.”
Some fans down under—where Good Times was available for purchase for almost a full day on commercial services before Baboom launched—may grumble at the revelation that the work is free over the new service. On Twitter, Dotcom claimed “78,000 plays of Good Times during Baboom’s first hour!!!” According to his Baboom artist home page, Dotcom has 344,096 followers and counting.
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