In December of 2009 Apple bought a small startup led by Bill Nguyen named Lala. The company was named after the first words of Nguyen's adopted son. It was also a word play on the solfège note "La". Lala struggled through pivot after pivot in the music industry, buying digital radio stations, a CD swapping business…
For a long time now, many have speculated Apple might start their own "all you can eat" streaming music service to compete against the likes of Rdio, MOG and Rhapsody. But anonymous industry sources are telling the Financial Times that Apple has no plans to "cannibalize" their iTunes download service, and that the…
Well this was unexpected: Apple has quietly enabled its devices to stream music to iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches from online storage through iDisk. It's the very next-best thing to putting iTunes in the cloud. UPDATED:
CNET's caught wind of some conversations Apple's had with the four majors, specifically that if their cloud-based music service launches in the coming months it'll only be a soft-launch, minus the punch-packing features they really want to enable. Like video.
You can sum up the most frustrating thing about being an Apple customer in three little words: "Connect to iTunes."
Reader Aaron Vader has sent us an email announcing that Lala.com will shut down on May 31. If you are a Lala user, your credits will be converted to iTunes credits. Does that mean that streaming iTunes.com would launch soon?
If you're an iPhone developer, the iPhone 4.0 SDK (beta version) is ready for download. [iPhone Dev Center]
Music services embedding personal info into the songs you buy as sekret DRM isn't new. But it could take on a whole new level of relevance once cloud-based music streaming services from Apple or Amazon or Google finally launch.
Apple isn't going to use LaLa to launch a subscription service, a "variety of insider sources" have told the founder of MP3.com. It's exactly what we speculated: Storing your iTunes library in the cloud and access it from anywhere.
Apple's always been a particular kind of company, obsessed with experiences, controlling them, end to end. But those they've always been centered around the traditional desktop. Until Apple bought Lala. Is Apple taking the internet seriously now?
Apple is close to acquiring digital-music service Lala, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Say what you will about the merits of a pay-per-song streaming music service, but the ability to play just about any song instantly is pretty amazing. And in an actual improvement over the desktop service, songs are apparently cached: