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Dotcom's New Site "Megabox" Almost Ready 101

concealment writes "Dotcom confirmed to the Associated Press in a telephone interview that he has completed 90% the work on "new Mega" and "Megabox", a music site that he announced in June. Megabox will allow users to download music for free in exchange for accepting some advertisements, and 90% of the revenue will go to the artists."
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Dotcom's New Site "Megabox" Almost Ready

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  • by concealment ( 2447304 ) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @01:38PM (#41620959) Homepage Journal

    I miss Megaupload for its entirely legal uses.

    It just was the easiest way to share larger files with people who normally don't use any kind of file-sharing technology. If someone was challenged by a USB drive, or multiple email attachments, I'd sent them the megaupload link and say "download it here."

    This was generally for non-sensitive information shared with a large decentralized group working on both for-profit and non-profit products. When does the internet get a new anarchy file host, where no one cares what you upload and they keep it around if it's popular?

  • Re:Lawsuits (Score:4, Interesting)

    by crontabminusell ( 995652 ) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @02:22PM (#41621437)

    One approach that might work is to focus instead on newcomers - all the people with a band practicing in the garage or writing music in their bedroom. The vast majority of it will be utter crap, of course - but there is potentially a great deal of it, so all you need is a good recormendation and social networking engine that can filter out the good stuff from the rest, and ensure only the former ever makes the front page.

    That's almost exactly what the original was (circa 1998), and it was awesome. It was a very sad day when they were purchased / taken over / whatever and turned into a crap site.

  • Re:Sweet! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 11, 2012 @02:37PM (#41621605)
    Region restriction was the final straw that drove me to start downloading music in the first place. Until that time I was buying music from iTunes and (grudgingly) accepting DRM. Not being able to buy music I wanted because I lived in the wrong place was the end of my forbearance.

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