Kim Dotcom Working On New Music Service Called Baboom

Earlier this week, Kim Dotcom, the flamboyant German-born entrepreneur and founder of file hosting site Mega, stepped down as director of the startup. Mega was launched in January this year and coincided with the seizure and shut down of Megaupload, its predecessor.

Launched with much pomp and show, Mega has undoubtedly been a success. Dotcom reported that the service acquired 100k registered users within the first hour of its launch, a number that jumped up to a million in two days. Kim also reported 500 uploads to Mega’s servers every second! According to other statistics published by the company, it currently hosts more than 50 million files. If the startup is doing so well, one may ask the question, why is the founder stepping down from administration?

Leaving Mega under the reigns of CEO Vikram Kumar, who was instated in February this year, Kim Dotcom has decided to move towards fresher ventures and brighter pastures. At the top of his bucket list right now seems to be a new music startup, which he’s decided to call Baboom. As tacky as the name may sound, the idea itself is not new. Dotcom has wanted to make a revolutionary music service ever since his row with Universal back in 2011.

Back then, the proposed name was Megabox, but Dotcom decided to use something better and without the mega branding. He has also said that the new company will be owned and managed completely by him, unlike Mega. Dotcom says the Baboom project has already received several millions in funding and tie ups with artists is an ongoing process.

Baboom aims to be a free music streaming service, wherein artists will receive 90% of revenues which will be collected using advertising. There will be a subscription model too, which will provide for an advert-less experience.

“I am really excited about Baboom. I can’t wait for artists to see what i have created for them. Their entire career can be managed on Baboom. Artists never had more freedom, transparency and control.” — Dotcom

Dotcom doesn’t plan on launching a less-than complete product, so we’ll have to wait a few months however, he does plan on keeping the excitement up throughout the waiting period and this teaser of the website he provides helps with just that.


In an emailed statement to a publication, Mega CEO Vikram Kumar said Dotcom — otherwise known as Kim Schmitz — resigned “to be able to focus on the extradition case, an upcoming music website, and to build a political party.” However Kim recently found out he can’t exactly run for parliament. His twitter says “I cannot run for parliament because I’m not a New Zealand citizen. But I can be Party President. So be it.”

So there we have it. New music service on the block and Kim Dotcom playing politics in New Zealand. How will it stack up against the formidable labels and how will he vie for the good public eye? Only time will tell.

Additional reporting aided by Torrentfreak exclusives.

Kim Dotcom Confirms 250,000 Registered Users on Mega [Updated]

Update: Kim Dotcom who spoke at the launch of the service at his mansion in New Zealand revealed that his new site Mega has passed 1 million users.

A few hours ago Kim Dotcom launched his new encrypted cloud storage service MEGA in the U.S. offering 50GB of storage for free and three PRO tiers of 500GB to 4TB for $13-$40 a month.

Kim Dotcom confirmed that in less than one hour 100,000 users registered on the site, intimating it to be one of the fastest growing startups in the history of Internet. With such a huge response, MEGA servers are experiencing overload, while many users on Twitter are complaining that the site isn’t loading and are stuck at the registration page.

At the time of writing the post, Kim confirmed in another tweet that MEGA crossed 250,000 user registrations with server capacity in maximum load! According to is.up, the site currently appears to be down:


Kim Dotcom Mega Launch Press Conference

Kim Dotcom’s New Mega is Launched

The long wait is over finally, as Kim Dotcom is back with his rejuvenated version of Megaupload. The new website is being called Mega, and it has been launched a few minutes ago. Mega comes with a bold tagline of “BIGGER. BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER. SAFER”, which sounds both appealing and challenging at the same time. The launch day also commemorates the Megaupload takedown, which affected Kim Dotcom’s personal life adversely. This launch has an undertone of revenge!


As a service, Mega is still in its beta stage. It boasts of being “The Privacy Company” and offers 50 GB of storage for free users, and strong encryption. With these features, it might give Google Drive, RapidShare, Dropbox and all other cloud storage solutions a tough competition.

The Mega website also quotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12, stating,

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference.

This reboot of Megaupload enforces 2048-bit RSA key encryption of all data stored on the Mega servers. They even have a fancy name for it — User Controlled Encryption (UCE). This solves two problems. The encrypted data cannot be sniffed by anyone without proper authorization, which will keep the user safe from prying eyes, as only his own key can be used to decrypt the data. Moreover, this will keep Kim Dotcom out of trouble because he cannot be held responsible for encrypted data stored on his servers.

Visit the new Mega at