INTERNET PERSONALITY Kim Dotcom has kicked off his own music streaming service with an album of his own composition.
Dotcom has been talking about his music career and the album for some time, along with the launch of his music streamer Baboom and Good Times, his assault on the musical hit parades.
Since this is new, and since this is Kim Dotcom that we are talking about, he isn't playing by the usual rules.
While Dotcom's Good Times album costs around a tenner at places like iTunes and Amazon, it is free or pay what you want on Baboom.
Baboom is a soft launch according to its Twitter account and so far the only content on it is Dotcom's. Dotcom has said that it will all be about "empowering artists" and users are advised to subscribe by email for updates. We have done this.
Dotcom said that the album is "also available" on the more recognisable digital music floggers and on CD, but added that Baboom had quickly built up some listeners of its own.
"78.321 song plays in the first hour!!!" he said on Twitter. "Hello RIAA, this will be your grave: http://Baboom.com".
This is the second anniversary on the armed raid on Dotcom's mansion near Auckland, New Zealand. Last year on this day he opened his Mega cloud storage service. The year before he and his family were in rather different circumstances.
In a video about Baboom Dotcom asked fans who like the album to try to get it to number one on the charts and show his rivals that he knows best.
"Fans should only pay for it if they really like," he said. "I am going to lead by example today. You go ahead and listen and only pay for it if you like it."
It should appeal to fans of electronic dance music, according to a press release announcing the launch.
"The music celebrates Kim's ever-present philosophy of inspiring people to feel good, have fun and live life to the fullest. Kim was inspired by the Trance and Dance tracks he listened to during his high-speed driving times on the German Autobahn," read the announcement.
"Given the negative backdrop to this optimistic album its release is a testament to Kim's sheer dedication and determination." µ