Megaupload was one of the largest sites on the Internet at its peak with over 50 million visitors per day. Then the US Government took down the site on charges of criminal copyright infringement and arrested its founder Kim Dotcom. A month later he was released from jail and started working on his next project Megabox.
The new service will focus on music sharing and Kim Dotcom promises he is going to “Turn this world upside down.” On Twitter he said that Megabox will be “Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from attacks.”
Once again the government stepped in and seized the Megabox domain as part of their criminal case against Megaupload, but Dotcom says the new service is not dead.
Today Mr. Dotcom uploaded a new teaser video to YouTube with the message, “This is what they don’t want you to have. Unchaining artists and fans. Megabox is coming soon.” The two minute clip reveals that Megabox has already signed up some exclusive artists including The Black Keys, Rusko, Two Fingers and Will.i.am.
We still don’t know exactly when Megabox will launch, but it is scheduled to arrive before the end of 2012. When it finally gets here it will be available on the web, Android, iPhone, and iPad.
Based on Dotcom’s legal history and his plan to put the “dinosaur record labels” out of business, we can’t see this Android app getting approved on the Google Play store. Stranger things have happened, so we will keep our eye on Megabox and report back when it finally launches.