Two weeks ago, I reviewed a number of possible Lala replacements, and on May 31st the best music site ever shut down as promised. As part of the shut down, Apple gave everyone who had purchased 10-cent Web songs an iTunes gift card. Because Apple rounded up to the nearest $5, I got a [...]
On May 31, the Lala music service, which valiantly attempted to be your full-service iTunes in the cloud, will go off-line. Presumably, the reason they’re shutting down is to make room for an authentic version of the service from Apple itself. Apple bought the company last December, and since then there has been hopeful [...]
It’s starting to seem obvious that Napster and eMusic, iTunes and Bit.Torrent have all been part of a transitional period. An interstitial era between the time when buying music meant buying physical media, and when we ultimately begin consuming most of our music from the Web. We will look back on this period and [...]
That’s my perfect price for a full-album download. It’s unscientific, of course, and depending on the circumstances I might be willing to pay as much as 4.99 or 5.99, but that’s the edge of what I think your average 12-song record is worth nowadays, free of its packaging, liner notes and disc media.