Yesterday morning, Kevin Murphy from Domain Incite predicted that Constantine Roussos’ company (DotMusic) would prevail in the application to operate the .Music domain registry. “it seems to me the balance of evidence right now is strongly pointing to a win for DotMusic over sole remaining rival bidder MMX,” Kevin wrote yesterday. It looks like Kevin’s prediction was on point.
Earlier this evening, Constantine Roussos reported that his company prevailed and will become the operates of .Music:
Excited to announce that after more than a decade, DotMusic has prevailed and will be the .MUSIC registry 🙂 https://t.co/XSnCkQVn28 #ICANN #DotMusic #DavidandGoliath #Music #Domains pic.twitter.com/tQX14eYyKu
— Constantine Roussos (@mus) April 11, 2019
I’ve met Constantine at a couple of NamesCon conferences, and I pretty much only know of him as the person who has gone through many trials and tribulations in his effort to win the rights to operate .Music. His company was bidding against Google, Amazon, MMX, and other companies, and it prevailed.
I do not have any details about how much it cost to win the right to operate the registry, nor do I know how much effort the other companies made. Regardless of those details, I am sure Constantine and his team are ecstatic right now.
Depending on the business model chosen by .Music, I think the registry has a good chance of succeeding. It is clear that the management of the .Music registry is passionate about .Music domain names and that should be helpful to them.