Before Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested in January, he announced a new music service that would act as a digital music locker and store called Megabox. Launch plans for the service were up in the air after Dotcom fled to New Zealand, but today he took to Twitter and announced that Megabox was still on the way. 

"I know what you all are waiting for," tweeted Dotcom. "It's coming. This year. Promise. Bigger. Better. Faster. 100% Safe & Unstoppable." Megabox, a service that would allow artists to sell their music directly to consumers, is a Dotcom's (legal) attempt at wrestling control from the record labels. Under the service, artists would be able to keep 90 percent of all earnings, and, through the use of something called a Megakey, would also get paid when people download their music for free. 

In December of last year, Digital Music News reported that companies like Rovi, Gracenote, and Amazon MP3 were all on board. There's no word on whether that's still the case.

[via The Next Web]