Baboom Music Streaming launches: focus on independent artists

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 18, 2015
Music and Video

When you launch a music streaming service these days, you need to distinguish yourself from established and competing services to survive. Most services offer similar functionality, millions of songs to play, web, desktop and mobile access, and a free and premium business model.

The new music streaming service Baboom launched yesterday. It looks similar to other services such as Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music on first glance as it offers free and pro accounts just like the majority of other services.

One core difference is the focus on independent artists. You won't find established mainstream artists on Baboom, a search for Madonna, Metallica or The Beatles returns no hits.

Artists can sign up for artist accounts and upload their songs and albums to the service. Baboom promises that 90% of revenue reaches artists and calls it fair trade streaming as stream revenue goes directly to artists. This is only the case if artists sign up for a pro account that is available for $10AUD per month and includes album and song sales. Artists may sign up for a free account instead to earn 70% from all sales and streams instead.

Songs and album sales use a pay what you want scheme. Artists may set a minimum price, it can be $0 or another price, and users may pay that price or more if they want.

Songs are downloaded either in FLAC or MP3 to the local system, and added to the collection automatically (purchased songs don't count against the 100 file limit of standard accounts).

The account structure is similar for fans on the site (Baboom calls users fans). The free package has no monthly subscription free, supports streaming in MP3 and FLAC, is available on mobile devices and the web, and has a 100 song personal locker limit.

The personal locker enables you to upload songs from your computer to the service to stream them when you access it. Please note that it is set to 50 files by default and expands to 100 when you fill out profile information.

The premium package is available for $10AUD per month. It includes all standard package functionality, access to premium only content, no ads, and unlimited personal locker capacity.

Premium users are charged the monthly equivalent of $10AUD if they are not in Australia. The currency is converted 1:1 which means that users from the EU pay €6.62 currently for a month of premium access.

You can use the discover option or search to find artists, songs and albums. Baboom seems to use tags as well but there is no option provided to browse them other than editing urls manually. If you want to list metal bands and albums for instance, you will have to replace with to do so as there seems to be no other option to do so.

Playlists are supported and can be created on the fly using the "add to" functionality Baboom provides.

Closing Words

Baboom is for people who like independent music and music discovery since you won't find mainstream music and artists covered by the service. If that's your focus, you will certainly enjoy the service especially since there don't seem to be any ads at the moment.

Baboom Music Streaming launches: focus on independent artists
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Baboom Music Streaming launches: focus on independent artists
A first look at the new music streaming service Baboom which focuses on independent artists.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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