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  • The Cloud Is Nice For Music, But Vital For Video

    The Cloud Is Nice For Music, But Vital For Video

    A new report by CNET’s Greg Sandoval yesterday gave an update on Apple and Google’s race to deploy music to the cloud. Basically, according to his sources, Apple isn’t close to doing anything massive in the space. Google, meanwhile, is likely closer but may have a hard time getting traction early on due to iTunes’ dominance. But the most interesting bit is buried a… Read More

  • AudioBox.fm hits iPhone, lets you stream your music collection from the cloud

    AudioBox.fm hits iPhone, lets you stream your music collection from the cloud

    AudioBox.fm, the cloud-based music service that lets users upload their music collection and access it anywhere, has added the iPhone/iPod touch to its list of supported devices through a native application. Previously, iPhone users could only access AudioBox via Mobile Safari, a bit of a kludge since the QuickTime Player plugin effectively takes over the phone’s browser. There’s… Read More

  • HP Goes NuTsie For Melodeo, Pays $30 Million For Music Streaming Service

    HP Goes NuTsie For Melodeo, Pays $30 Million For Music Streaming Service

    HP is preparing for a major showdown with Apple. After snapping up the beleaguered Palm for $1.2 billion, Hewlett-Packard has purchased Melodeo, a Lala competitor, for roughly $30 to $35 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The acquisition, which was signed this month, may seem inconsequential for a behemoth like HP, but it represents a major shift in strategy for the… Read More

  • Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Coming?

    Lala – where music will stop playing … In a brief message that was just posted on the Lala.com website, Apple has announced that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010. Apple will not be accepting new users, and existing users will be able to log in only until the end of next month. Does this mean we can start raising our hopes for iTunes in the cloud? Read More

  • Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Impending?

    Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Impending?

    Lala – where music will stop playing … In a brief message that was just posted on the Lala.com website, Apple has announced that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010. Apple will not be accepting new users, and existing users will be able to log in only until the end of next month. Does this mean we can start raising our hopes for iTunes in the cloud? Read More

  • iTunes.com Launching In The Cloud This Summer?

    iTunes.com Launching In The Cloud This Summer?

    Buried all the way at the bottom of the Wall Street Journal’s latest piece about the Apple Tablet is a very interesting nugget of information. Apple is apparently gearing up to launch a cloud-based iTunes replacement called iTunes.com as soon as this June, WSJ states citing sources familiar with the matter. Yesterday, we ran a guest post by Michael Robertson, the former CEO of MP3.com… Read More

  • Apple's Secret Cloud Strategy And Why Lala Is Critical

    Apple's Secret Cloud Strategy And Why Lala Is Critical

    This is a guest post from Michael Robertson, a 12-year veteran of the digital music business. He is the founder and former CEO of digital music pioneer MP3.com. He is currently the CEO of music locker company MP3tunes. Robertson is also an adviser to Google Voice. For years there’s been speculation that Apple would supplement their $1/song (now $1.29) iTunes business with a monthly… Read More

  • eMusic Reels In Another Major Label With Warner Music Deal

    eMusic Reels In Another Major Label With Warner Music Deal

    Digital music company eMusic is rumored to be up for sale, according to various reports, but that hasn’t stopped it from signing licensing deals with big music. This morning, eMusic announced that it come to an agreement with Warner Music Group and that it will soon begin selling tracks from WMG’s roster of artists to its U.S. users. eMusic last year inked a similar deal with… Read More

  • Did Apple's Lala Deal Leave A Lump Of Coal In Google's Music Onebox Stocking?

    Did Apple's Lala Deal Leave A Lump Of Coal In Google's Music Onebox Stocking?

    Of all the things Google has launched this past year, the most useful may be its Music Onebox feature that allows you to easily play popular music from Google Search results. Following its debut in October, I found myself using it left and right for songs I wanted to listen to. One thing I noticed was that while deals were in place with iLike, imeem, Rhapsody, and Pandora, the majority of… Read More

  • Play And Share Your Music Collection In The Cloud With tunesBag

    Play And Share Your Music Collection In The Cloud With tunesBag

    Vienna, Austria-based tunesBag is opening up the public beta version of its social music service today, after allowing access by invitation only for the past year or so. The launch has been a long time coming, considering the fact that the startup has already produced a fully functional web client, and Adobe-AIR powered desktop client and applications for iPhone, Facebook and Boxee since… Read More

  • As Online Music Falters, Pandora Doubled To 40 Million Users This Year.

    As Online Music Falters, Pandora Doubled To 40 Million Users This Year.

    Online music services have had a bad few weeks. Imeem got bought by MySpace for next to nothing, Lala got bought by Apple for something ranging from a little to not-very-much. Spotify continues to be a no-show in the U.S. But at least one service, Pandora, appears to be doing quite well for itself. The service has announced that it surpassed 40 million registered users earlier this month. Read More

  • LaLa Was Bought By Apple For $17 Million, Not $80 Million

    LaLa Was Bought By Apple For $17 Million, Not $80 Million

    Sometimes you have to apply the smell test to what your sources are telling you, and the rumors we’re hearing about Apple’s purchase of music service LaLa are definitely smelling a little off. $80 million for LaLa? That isn’t what we’re hearing. LaLa was purchased for $17 million by Apple, according to our sources with indirect knowledge of the deal. And the company… Read More

  • Apple Has Acquired Lala

    Apple Has Acquired Lala

    Earlier today we covered rumors that Apple was in talks to acquire streaming music service Lala. Now New York Times tech reporter Brad Stone has tweeted that it’s a done deal. He writes, “Apple has acquired digital music startup Lala. Now updating our story”. You can find the NYT story here. This could be bad news for Lala users. It’s unlikely that the innovative… Read More

  • Apple Reportedly In Talks To Acquire Lala

    Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is “in talks to acquire online music service Lala, according to two people familiar with the matter.” The shoe fits. Back when Lala launched I described it as an iTunes in the cloud — something that we believe Apple will inevitably launch. Apple is certainly building a lot of data center capacity for something. We’ve been huge fans… Read More

  • Google's New Music Search Will Be Getting A Boost From Your Favorite Bands

    Google's New Music Search Will Be Getting A Boost From Your Favorite Bands

    Last week Google launched the Music Onebox — a special new search result that lets users stream songs in their entirety for free. The feature is being powered through partnerships with MySpace and Lala, who are providing the song streams, with contributions from a host of other partners like Pandora and imeem. Millions of people will doubtless stumble across the new feature on their own… Read More

  • Google Music: What Were Ticketmaster And Facebook Thinking?

    Now that the dust is settling on the newly launched Google Music (if you don’t yet have it in your normal Google search results, you can use it here) that integrates LaLa and iLike/MySpace streaming music, all I can think of is this: What were Facebook and Ticketmaster thinking when they passed up the opportunity to acquire iLike? MySpace is the big lottery winner here. They bought iLike… Read More

  • Google Music Onebox: Video Interviews With Just About Everyone Involved

    TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid traveled down to Los Angeles earlier today to cover the launch of Google Music Onebox. In addition to his live notes from the event and the panel, he managed to point his camera at just about everyone involved in the new service: Google Director Product Management Search R.J. Pittman, MySpace Music President Courtney Holt and LaLa founder Bill Nguyen. Jason… Read More

  • It's Almost Here: Exclusive Video Of Lala's Upcoming iPhone App

    It's Almost Here: Exclusive Video Of Lala's Upcoming iPhone App

    Last March I wrote a preview post showing off Lala’s upcoming iPhone app, which gives users the ability to stream their entire music collection from the cloud, without having to worry about syncing their files. At the time Lala wasn’t ready to give a release date for the app, but our impression was that it was due out fairly soon. Obviously that wasn’t the case. But… Read More

  • Live From Hollywood: Google's Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala

    Live From Hollywood: Google's Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala

    I’m here at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California for a special media event where Lala, MySpace, iLike, Google and others are officially announcing the launch of Google’s Music Onebox — a special new kind of Google search result that will let you instantly stream songs directly from Google’s results page. We first broke the news of the feature’s impending… Read More

  • Facebook's Gift Shop Sings A New Tune

    Facebook's Gift Shop Sings A New Tune

    Following Google’s announcement of its music product this morning, Facebook is officially enhancing its Gift Shop with a redesign and new categories of gifts and additional gifts for charity, music and sports from developers. The changes will be rolled out to users in the coming weeks On Facebook’s Gift Shop, you need to purchase credits on the site (via credit card), that cost… Read More