Analysis From Around The Net On Lala + Apple

  • image from ars technica: "…for the
    moment, there's nothing about the purchase that seems to provide the
    company with any key technologies it was missing
    in terms of diving
    into markets. Until another company demonstrates that there's money to
    be made (or iPods to be sold) through streaming, there's no reason to
    think that a move of this sort is immanent.
  • Billboard: Glen Peoples writes, "With its acquisition of online music start-up Lala, Apple appears to have bet on a digital music strategy that places ownership – no matter how ephemeral – over subscription. And more than competing services, Lala best fits into Apple's desire for well-designed applications that complement other Apple products. The iPod wouldn't be the same without iTunes, and the iPhone should be better with Lala".
  • CNET: Greg Sandoval writes, "If things keep going this way, pretty soon there won't be any digital music space to cover."
  • WIRED: "Lala fills a big hole in Apple’s digital music strategy and could bring streaming down music from the cloud into iTunes-ready devices everywhere," writes Eliot Van Buskirk.
  • HYPEBOT: Ian Rogers Is Excited Apple Bought Lala, But I'm Not. "With its purchase of Lala, Apple has just taken one of the more
    innovative companies in music tech and put it and its bright creators
    behind its iron curtain."
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  1. OK, here’s a thought. AT&T contracts subsidize iPhones; kindle comes with an included data plan — what about a similar model, an iPod that has streaming capabilities, either paid semi-up-front (like the kindle), or subsidized by a service contract? The former sounds more suitable to lala’s service, but the latter seems to fit in better with Apple’s strategy (e.g., iphone and the alleged tablet).

  2. I really don’t like the idea of pay per track, or pay per spin, in this case. I’m thoroughly enjoying a Rhaspody trial on iPhone even with its glitches. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to what I want: an option for music in the cloud at a fixed price that is not tied to a piece of hardware. If it works and the artists are properly compensated, I’ll pay for years and years just as I have for cable TV.
    The collector in me will continue to buy vinyl.

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