Lala.com began life as a powerful music CD trading site (that this author reviewed for PC Magazine back in 2006). It offered the feel of a High Fidelity-style used music store, but online. Then last year, the company added a digital streaming service that worked with iPods.
“The site went out of its way to broker big money deals with record labels in order to offer something akin to a free alternative to the unlimited streaming of Napster and Rhapsody,” AppScout blogger Brian Heater reports. “It was a good idea, but one that was quickly overshadowed by imeem’s success with similar initiatives.”
So they canned it. But now Lala is trying something different—and a little bizarre. The report said that while the company is still offering 50 free streaming tracks, anything beyond that will cost 10 cents for an infinite stream of a song. “You can stream from any computer with an Internet connection, but if you’re looking for some on-the-go action, you’ll have buy the thing at a discounted rate,” the report said. Not only that, but the site will now let you stream any song you’ve “confirmed ownership of.”