Seattle Office of Film + Music


APPLE CONFIRMS PURCHASE OF LALA.COM
December 8, 2009, 10:59 am
Filed under: Digital Media, Music | Tags: ,

Billboard
Apple Inc. has purchased online music retailer Lala.com, a Silicon Valley start-up that has threatened “the end of the MP3” with its fast song-streaming application. Lala has developed an application — not yet available to the public — that allows users to buy the right to stream songs from a digital locker for an unlimited time on their iPhones for 10 cents each. The song quality is lower than what Apple’s iTunes songs offer, but tracks can played in seconds, and cost much less than the songs on iTunes, which generally are priced at 69 cents to $1.29 each.



GOOGLE, MAJOR LABELS PARTNER ON MUSIC SEARCH
October 22, 2009, 10:48 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , ,

Billboard
Google Inc is partnering with major music labels to launch a new feature to make it easier for music fans to discover, sample and buy songs on the search engine, according to two people familiar with the plan. The new feature will be facilitated by start-ups iLike and LaLa, which will enable songs to be streamed on the Google page that will also feature a “buy” button to help reduce the number of steps fans need to acquire music. The new service has been lined up to launch next Wednesday by iLike and LaLa and all the major labels — including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music — will be involved in the launch.