Following on from launching his brand new cloud storage service Mega in characteristically eccentric fashion, internet tycoon and media entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has released new figures showing that his latest venture has already surpassed 3 million users and 125 million files after just one month of existence.
Mega was launched on January 20th with a glamorous press conference on the forecourt of Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, located just outside of Auckland, New Zealand, one year to the day since the high profile raid on Dotcom’s home that led to his arrest and the crumbling of his digital empire at the hands of a major US investigation into alleged copyright theft that shut down his website Megaupload.
The media launch saw Dotcom stage a fake re-creation of the police raid in fron of an audience of 200+ guests and media that saw men scaling the sides of his mansion, and a helicopter mocked up to look like an FBI chopper flying over the crowd, and within a day the new cloud based service had roped in over 1 million users.
Now a month on, as The Next Web reports that the service has grown exponentially reaching another 2 million in less than four weeks, at a rate of nearly 5 million files uploaded to the service daily. Numbers show that the majority of the traffic is coming from Spain, France, Brazil, and Dotcom’s adopted home of New Zealand.
Of course there’s nothing to back up these extraordinary figures than the word of the batty media mogul himself, who tweeted:
#Mega launched 1 month ago: 3M+ users, 125M+ files, encryption unbroken, most bugs fixed, mobile apps & sync client coming soon
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 19, 2013
The talk of launching “mobile apps and sync service” is presumably looking at rolling out the currently web-exclusive service to smartphone platforms like Android and iOS, and perhaps also setting up the infrastructure for sister service, MegaBox, the digital music service that the Mega founder has been making noises about in recent months.
Megabox looks to do away with licensing and complex contracts altogether, cutting out labels entirely and dealing direct with musicians, offering them the chance to upload their music and get, according to Dotcom, the “lion’s share” – 90% of the revenue from their music played on the forthcoming service.
“Megabox is still under development,” Dotcom told CSO earlier this year. “It will take at least another six monts before that site goes live. I’m a perfectionist and I’m not going to release a product that I’m not 100% sure of. And Megabox still needs some improvements. But it’s going to be an awesome site, it’s definitely going to change the music industry.”
If Dotcom can provide what he’s boasting, and it doesn’t take a maths expert to realise it’s a far more attractive figure to musicians – independent or otherwise – than what major labels or streaming services like Spotify currently offer for licensing artists work.
The news of the new music streaming service is possibly good news for music lovers, at least that don’t mind how shady their source material is, and bad news for music labels looking to make a profit from their wares – already aggravated by the likes of controversial streaming service Grooveshark that’s looking to cut the labels out with its newly-introduced payment scheme that will see artists earning bank through social media activity.Megabox looks to do away with licensing and complex contracts altogether, cutting out labels entirely and dealing direct with musicians…
The Mega mogul isn’t the only one claiming that their tech will be a game-changer. Beats Electronics, the makers of the trendy Beats By Dre headphones, were working on a secret project with Trent Reznor codenamed ‘Daisy’, which has now been officially named and revealed to be a new on-demand subscription based music service.
Called simply Beats Music, Reznor and CEO Ian Rogers have talked up how the new music service will revolutionise the streaming service market, by providing a service that essentially wraps up Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and Ticketek all in one-stop music service.
The news of the new music streaming service is possibly good news for music lovers, at least that don’t mind how shady their source material is, and bad news for music labels looking to make a profit from their wares – already aggravated by the likes of controversial streaming service Grooveshark that’s looking to cut the labels out with its newly-introduced payment scheme that will see artists earning bank through social media activity.
The Justin Timberlake-helmed, recently re-launched MySpace has also landed in hot water with indie labels, refusing to acknowledge that its infringing on outdated licensing, with representatives from the independent music sector slamming the revamped social media site for essentially using unlicensed music as “insulting, regressive, and oudated.”