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Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the self-promotion dept.

Music 69

Daniel_Stuckey writes "Dotcom today released his debut album Good Times, which consists of 17 pretty terrible EDM tracks produced by the Mega mogul himself. According to a press release, '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.' It's anything but subtle, as you might guess from an album advertised on the back of a 100-strong fleet of buses. In an interview with Wired at the end of the year Dotcom admitted he sounded 'like crap, obviously,' but added, 'Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune so they make it sound OK.'"

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Smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014281)

He wants a slice of that $20000-per-pirated-track pie.

Re:Smart (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014431)

I don't think he needs any more pie.

Re:Smart (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014679)

After listening to a few seconds of a couple of his tunes, I feel that he owes me $20,000 per track. Talk about horrible. His shit makes The Black Eyed Peas sound like Mozart.

Re:Smart (3, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | about 9 months ago | (#46014831)

The worst I can say is that it sounds generic. If it had a Lil Wayne cameo, it would get plenty of airplay.

Re:Smart (3, Insightful)

alphatel (1450715) | about 9 months ago | (#46015293)

The worst I can say is that it sounds generic. If it had a Lil Wayne cameo, it would get plenty of airplay.

And while listening to this crap I immediately thought to myself "How the F*** do we have copyrights for 120 years to protect auto-generated crap like this?"

Re:Smart (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 9 months ago | (#46015409)

Pretty much. I'm fairly confident that he still would have made this, even with a meager 3 decade copyright :)

Re:Smart (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015583)

Would somebody please just put it on youtube already. I want to hear how bad it is for myself and post demeaning comments online, but I'm afraid that if I visit this "mega" site I might get put on another terrorist watch list.

Re:Smart (1)

brit74 (831798) | about 9 months ago | (#46016397)

And while listening to this crap I immediately thought to myself "How the F*** do we have copyrights for 120 years to protect auto-generated crap like this?"

That's because copyright are protecting an entire *class* of works. In other words: you shouldn't hold up the worst example and then ask that question. We certainly wouldn't want anyone in the government making decisions about "this is good, it gets a long copyright but that is crap it shouldn't get copyright protection".

Re:Smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46018223)

That means it is 120 years till anyone bother you with this crap again. Don't buy it, and you'll have no right to hear it. Copyright on shitty music is a good thing, it disappears that much faster. Bach is out of copyright, so he turns up whenever there is classical music. Fortunately, he happens to be good.

In the same vein, copyright on microsoft products is good. Please report anyone with an illegal copy - crack down hard on software piracy. The best software is free. . .

Re:Smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015673)

Yep, it's pretty at the level that most other paid artists are putting out. That said, most all of your "pop" music is forgettable. Like Mozart in his day. There are plenty of composers, but how many have endured beyond their pop-audiences of their times? Few, very few.

Unlike the others... (1)

DrYak (748999) | about 9 months ago | (#46049599)

Yup indeed. That album is total crap, just like about any other album output by the music industry.

But at least, unlike others, he openly admits his album isn't that brilliant.
Whereas the other artists usually don't want to, and instead blame piracy for the bad sale of their shit.
At least Kim isn't going to sue PirateBay.

blubber butt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014427)

That fat blob needs to just give up already.

Simpsons reference (3, Interesting)

Akratist (1080775) | about 9 months ago | (#46014457)

I can't help but think of this: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Can%20I%20borrow%20a%20feeling%3F [urbandictionary.com]

Re:Simpsons reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46029579)

See since you linked to urban dictionary you ran the audience through the gauntlet; can they recognize a pop culture reference based on the keywords in a URL? Because it's slashdot it's upvoted, at 4 now, because of the geek part but very nice cause you put some effort into posting what you thought, knowing some of us only needed a small push to think of it as well. Anyone who didn't get the joke by reading the URL can go there for a clearer joke, and if it had been a youtube link it wouldn't have been obvious to those of us who could see the URL. Good work, Anonymous Coward AWAY!

Auto-Tune (2)

HyperQuantum (1032422) | about 9 months ago | (#46014461)

A lot of artists use Auto-Tune these days.

Obligatory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXK9t4A2PsU [youtube.com]

Re:Auto-Tune (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015643)

A lot of artists use Auto-Tune these days.

Obligatory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXK9t4A2PsU [youtube.com]

Yes, I would agree that a lot of artists use Auto-Tune.

And as long as you don't call them musicians or singers, you won't offend those who actually have talent.

Pop music is not music. It's a product. The evidence lies within the constant confusion trying to determine which artist is on the radio, for they all sound the same. Same stolen bass track with non-stop repetitive lyrics that can be best summarized as a pointless YOLOesque tirade.

Re:Auto-Tune (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46016561)

Most pop artists use auto-tune when recording music. It's like make-up, once a large enough number of people use it to hide their imperfections, everybody in the same circles has to use it too just to keep up.

Re:Auto-Tune (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 9 months ago | (#46017427)

Correction, very few "Artists" use autotune... lots of attractive people hired by music producers to pretend to be artists find it very handy however.

Re:Auto-Tune (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46017503)

Got a cite? According to music producers just about all recorded pop songs are passed through auto-tune. It's true that auto-tune does a lot more correction for some "singers" than others, but they're all auto-tuned, just like all fashion photos are touched up to some degree or other.

Re:Auto-Tune (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46018033)

According to music producers, you're an idiot.

Yo dawg we heard you were an attention whore (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014473)

So we Auto-tuned the tunes you listen to in your auto. Now you can listen to useless shit while you shit becomes useless.

Re:Yo dawg we heard you were an attention whore (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about 9 months ago | (#46016209)

Tune tune tune with the Autotune!

Kim Fatbomb (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014509)

I wish this disgusting fat-ass kraut with a girls first name would just die of a heart attack already.

Thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second... (4, Funny)

Zimluura (2543412) | about 9 months ago | (#46014511)

Kim Dotcom hasn't been in the news much lately, so I thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second. "Oppan Pyongyang style"

Re:Thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second... (3, Funny)

ThatsDrDangerToYou (3480047) | about 9 months ago | (#46014563)

Kim Dotcom hasn't been in the news much lately, so I thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second. "Oppan Pyongyang style"

No, Kim Jong-Un's album has been delayed after he accidentally killed all of his bandmates. Because the traitorous bastards said Kim was out of tune! Some nerve..

Re:Thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014565)

Kim Dotcom hasn't been in the news much lately, so I thought it said Kim Jong-Un for a second. "Oppan Pyongyang style"

Nope, this time it's the egotistical douchebag who seriously changed his name to "Dotcom" because the dot-com era lasted forever. It's a very subtle distinction.

Inc CIA operatives (3, Interesting)

Jartan (219704) | about 9 months ago | (#46014603)

Baboom users can install a little plugin that replaces the ads you'd normally see on the internet with ones that we control through our ad network. Just as advertisers go to AdWords to buy ads from Google for certain search terms, they'll be able to come to us and buy these ads at half the price and still have ads shown against the same keywords.

When the corporate masters hear about this it's going to get dicey.

Re:Inc CIA operatives (1)

Robadob (1800074) | about 9 months ago | (#46014825)

Additionally I would expect that malware authors find it easier to get around his ad filters than the major companies, perhaps he will next be arrested for distributing malware.

Germany (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014693)

That my friends, is a Free country. Not like that crap USA of yours.

Autobahn = Freedom

Re:Germany (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015589)

Is your government still denying benefits to young women that refuse to work in brothels?

Yay "freedom"

Re:Germany (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015663)

No. They had to issue a "voluntary regulation" to prevent stripping of benefits for refusing to be a prostitute. But brothel owners still send out offers and girls still receive them. Sometimes these incidents get in the news [spiegel.de] .

Who knows how many girls just comply and go to the brothel because the offer showed up in the government system?

Urban legends die hard (1)

DrYak (748999) | about 9 months ago | (#46050025)

Is your government still denying benefits to young women that refuse to work in brothels?

Hey, and I heard that circus performer is a legit job in your country, does *your* government still deny benefits to young boy that refuse to work as Circus Lion Tamer and/or Human Cannon Ball ?

Can you please stop perpetrating this stupid urban legend ?

Yes, indeed, Germany, as well as Switzerland here, and Netherlands recognize prostitution as a regular profession.
But no, the state CANNOT force a job-seeker to work as a prostitute in a brothel.

You see, the State recognize the notion of "suitable job". And just like not every single random young man is ready to put his head in jaws of a Lion or jump into a cannon for the entertainment of the audience, the same way not every single random young woman might want to work as a prostitute.
It takes more than simply having a vagina or a penis to work in a brothel.

When you get the status of job-seeker, you define professionnal fields in which you are seeking for jobs. The state might try to give you jobs in your field. And you can get penalize if you refuse to apply for such a job which is in your stated professional field of work.

If you state that you're a teacher, that you're seeking another job in this domain, the state gives you a job offer as a teacher, and you turn it down without reasons, you'll get penalized.
But nobody is going to penalize you for skipping an opportunity to work as a prostitute if you're a teacher.

The only situation would be if you're actually a prostitute (and say, your former brothel went bankrupt, or you had to quit because you moved to a different part of the country), and registered as a job-seeker seeking a new position as prostitute in a new brothel, and you turned down an offer to work as a prostitute in borthel A (for example because you are holding because you would prefer getting an offer from brothel B which is more prestigious), that might be the single situation when the state might penalize you.
(But that isn't likely to happen in real life because the job market for sex workers isn't saturated and thus brothel B would probably hire you as soon as they've recieved your CV/references and interviewed you).

Now, brothel operator still publish job offers, hoping for the rare occasion when a girl might think "Well, why not... it's a job like another", and decide to accept the offer anyway.

"Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune" (1)

KatchooNJ (173554) | about 9 months ago | (#46014709)

"Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune..." Never thought I'd hear someone say that sentence without joking about it.

Re:"Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014797)

You assume that he doesn't.

It's a trap! (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about 9 months ago | (#46014715)

"Good Times" is widely known as the most dangerous computer virus of all time [rutgers.edu] .

"Goodtimes will re-write your hard drive. Not only that, but it will scramble any disks that are even close to your computer. It will recalibrate your refrigerator's coolness setting so all your ice cream goes melty. It will demagnetize the strips on all your credit cards, screw up the tracking on your television and use subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD's you try to play.

"It will give your ex-girlfriend your new phone number. It will mix Kool-aid into your fishtank. It will drink all your beer and leave its socks out on the coffee table when there's company coming over. It will put a dead kitten in the back pocket of your good suit pants and hide your car keys when you are late for work.

"Goodtimes will make you fall in love with a penguin. It will give you nightmares about circus midgets. It will pour sugar in your gas tank and shave off both your eyebrows while dating your girlfriend behind your back and billing the dinner and hotel room to your Discover card."

Seriously, just don't do it.

Re:It's a trap! (1)

Alsee (515537) | about 9 months ago | (#46015735)

After I got infected by the Good Times virus my compiler stopped pre-computing constant value functions.

-

MEGA Windows sync client (4, Interesting)

kubajz (964091) | about 9 months ago | (#46014741)

I hope this is not too off-topic, but Mega has recently (and very quietly, without even a mention on their blog) released a Windows sync client - a significant step in being feature-complete compared to their less-encrypted competition of Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 9 months ago | (#46014841)

I wouldn't store my shopping list on this crook's servers, let alone anything of value.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014987)

Good work man!

P.S: We don't seem to have your latest payment details on file. Could you please contact Emma over at the RIAA office in Los Angeles so we can get the checks sent over to you? Thanks!

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 9 months ago | (#46015121)

I see, so I cannot possibly despise RIAA and Dotcom. I must pick either.

How about this, they're all a pack of crooks and I wouldn't piss on a RIAA lawyer or Dotcom if they were on fire.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (3, Funny)

tobiasly (524456) | about 9 months ago | (#46015561)

or Dotcom if they were on fire.

That would take a LOT of piss...

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015111)

I wouldn't store my shopping list on this crook's servers, let alone anything of value.

As opposed to which crooks?

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 9 months ago | (#46015189)

I don't store my important data anywhere that I can't look straight at the server. I don't trust Google or Dropbox either.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015591)

Sure, because line of sight is a requirement for offsite backups. What's next, fog of war terminology for file access?

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 9 months ago | (#46016139)

My offsite backups compromise both data being pushed to our branch offices via VPN and encrypted tapes in a safety deposit box.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

jonbryce (703250) | about 9 months ago | (#46016951)

I have copies of my insurance certificates on Dropbox, Google Drive and Sky Drive. They are pretty important, but the NSA will already have a copy of the email the insurer sent to me enclosing them as pdf attachments, and while there is some risk that someone else could use them for a spear phishing attack on me, I figure it is less risk than the risk to me of losing them, and there is a good chance that the circumstances that could cause me to lose them might also be circumstances that cause me to have to make a claim on my insurance.

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

kubajz (964091) | about 9 months ago | (#46018583)

My understanding is that MEGA work by encrypting your data client-side within the browser, so the only thing that could happen to the said shopping list is getting lost, but until it is sent back to your browser and decrypted there even Dotcom cannot read it - that's the main reason why they cannot provide you with a password reset feature. They have a bug bounty program for finding holes in this setup. I do not trust the guy either but I think that this kind of arrangement, while having a side effect of protecting him from liability for users' content, also helps keep my data more secure. OTOH I know Slashdot is full of people more knowledgeable with the matter, so I do not mind hearing more from someone who can poke a few holes in their model :)

Re:MEGA Windows sync client (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#46015081)

Storing something somewhere implies trust to some degree.

And I wouldn't trust Kimmie Schmitz an inch further than I can throw him.

Why should I care? (0)

sjbe (173966) | about 9 months ago | (#46014869)

Dotcom today released his debut album Good Times...

Please explain to me why on earth I should care? Seriously. Does this guy have any actual discernible musical ability or are we just seeing another talentless hack with a gift for self promotion?

Re:Why should I care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015023)

Why should we care if you care? Hmm, seriously, there are thousands of people who don't care about this article and they have the decency to simply skip over it and not pollute the internet with useless comments.

Now if you really care about not caring on earth we can fix that too. We can tie you to the outside of the next rocket launched into space and then you can tell us if you don't care in space as much as you don't care on earth.

Re:Why should I care? (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | about 9 months ago | (#46015113)

The money's probably going to his legal defense fund. If he told people that, he'd get more Bitcoins than a Matrix cosplay prostitute.

If you see the 60 Minutes he was in a few months ago [cbsnews.com] , it's pretty clear that the man is incapable of projecting anything less than supreme confidence in the belief that he is The Greatest Thing To Happen to whatever he's trying to do this week, particularly if his goal this week is to play Kim Dotcom, Victim of the Oppressive Copyright State who had No Idea what people used MegaUpload for.

Re:Why should I care? (1)

reikae (80981) | about 9 months ago | (#46016845)

Honestly, my first reaction is to be jealous of him, and anyone else who can hold the belief that they're The Greatest Thing To Happen with confidence. I imagine it would be much better than what I have now, that is just enough confidence in myself to get by.

Re:Why should I care? (1)

gsslay (807818) | about 9 months ago | (#46015123)

Because its an interesting variation on the usual delusional megalomaniac pattern. Traditionally, after going through the usual inventing new awards and names for himself, he should be designing his own army uniforms and medals by now.

But this is a whole new virtual world, I guess.

Re:Why should I care? (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 9 months ago | (#46015145)

The album was released on his new music service, which you may care about. Did you skip the headline too?
Am I getting grumpier or are you people getting stupider?

Re:Why should I care? (1)

sjbe (173966) | about 9 months ago | (#46015653)

The album was released on his new music service, which you may care about. Did you skip the headline too?

No I do not care about his music service. I assure you that I will never use it. This is barely news for nerds and it certainly isn't stuff that matters.

Am I getting grumpier or are you people getting stupider?

I would guess the reverse is true.

Re:Why should I care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46016227)

No, you are the one assuming your opinions are everyone's. You also neglected to mention that he was releasing a new music service in your first comment, and then you acted like a new music service isn't news.

I don't think you're stupid, though. Just dishonest.

You know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46014875)

I think the government should go after him for his last name. Make it illegal to have a last name of Dotcom, that would really be funny.

Year Since Launch Mega (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46015063)

Mega was launched exactly 1 year before Baboom was launched. This is no coincidence. Mega already has an Alexa rank of 708. The story here of course is not the release of his album, but the launch of Baboom. This could become a serious competitor of iTunes.

Erh... and I just had a really good bowel movement (-1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#46015097)

Do I get the front page on /. now too?

As the old saying goes... (1)

lbmouse (473316) | about 9 months ago | (#46015467)

You can take the rich boy out of Europe but you can take the Eurotrash out of the boy.

No link to the music service? (1)

trawg (308495) | about 9 months ago | (#46015631)

It's http://baboom.com/ [baboom.com] . Sheesh.

Pretty sure the interesting thing isn't that he made an album - it's whether or not he can make a free music service that artists want to use.

Re:No link to the music service? (1)

Kalriath (849904) | about 9 months ago | (#46018415)

With a business model including substituting ads on websites with ones served by them, thereby taking revenue away from small website publishers and giving it to his criminal enterprise, the interesting thing will be how long before he is sued out of existence. Ugh.

Auto-Tune (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 9 months ago | (#46015697)

"Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune so they make it sound OK."

No, I don't think Auto-Tune has ever produced that result.

Re:Auto-Tune (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46018833)

The song on the album with least autotune is the one he sings on. ("Live my Life")
He's talking through most of it, so autotune wouldn't do anything useful in a production sense.
Strangely, it's probably the best song on the album. The rest is generic dreck.

Re:Auto-Tune (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46021495)

"Fortunately there's a thing called Auto-Tune so they make it sound OK."

No, I don't think Auto-Tune has ever produced that result.

If you like robotic voices, then it's OK.

Is his "music" free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46016195)

Or is he ok with us pirating it?

Re:Is his "music" free? (1)

brit74 (831798) | about 9 months ago | (#46016455)

Considering that his main business isn't making music, I'm sure he'd be fine with people pirating it so that he can become more famous - which makes it easier for him to sell other stuff. Of course, most musicians don't have the large number of "other products" to sell to the world that he does, so he's at a large advantage over them.

Re:Is his "music" free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46022033)

His album is free (some may say worthless), so how can it be pirated?

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