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Megabox could launch in next six months, says Dotcom

By | Published on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Kim Schmitz

Looking rather like Holly from ‘Red Dwarf’ as he was Skyped into the premises from across the sea in the land where imminent arrest is much less likely, Mega chief Kim Dotcom entertained the audience of the Interactive strand of SXSW this week.

He told his audience – of course – that evil Hollywood is operating an “outdated business model”, before assuring the world he had no intention of landing up in an American prison as a result of the pending charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement relating to the original MegaUpload business.

Though, perhaps most interestingly for those in Austin with primarily music in their minds, Dotcom confirmed that his much mooted direct-to-fan platform, Megabox, is still very much in development.

He reckoned a release could occur in the next six months, before – according to Billboard – describing the service as being “very similar to iTunes” but web-based and faster, which doesn’t sound much like the radical new artist-boosting label-killing venture previously promised, but whatever.