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Web-based iTunes in works, but not soon after Lala

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Fri April 30, 2010

iTunes may get web version but not locker

Apple is reading a web version of iTunes but isn't close enough to switch it on after it shuts down Lala next month, leaks from the music industry hinted today. The company is now believed to be in talks with labels but that the progress is "preliminary at best." Such timing makes it unlikely to go live in time for WWDC on June 7th.

According to extra AllThingsD sources, the talks are so early as Apple's attempts to create an online iTunes locker stalled out. Label officials purportedly interpreted the feature as multiple uses, which they believed would give them a right to charge extra for each track. The widely rumored service would have let iPhone and iPad owners listen to an existing collection without necessarily needing either locally stored copies or a web browser.

Pure speculation also suggests that Apple could try for a simple subscription service, but company chief Steve Jobs has long objected to "renting" music as an alternative to pay-per-track ownership.

Apple still has over 70 percent of US market share of MP3 players, according to NPD, and has a large amount of control in other areas; it has yet to face significant competition from Microsoft or others whose music stores center on subscription plans.

by MacNN Staff



  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice to know what Apple is ...

    reading these days.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    maybe "readying" ?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You don't honestly expect proper spelling or other elements of proper journalism from MacNN, do you? After all, these are the people who brought you the news about the "open latter" from Steve Jobs! :-)

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more bandwidth

    There are almost everyone in my company listening to streaming media while working... Pandora, iTunes Radio, Podcast, YouTube and others. iTunes Online soon will be another one in the list. Internet access is just getting slower and ironically they like to complain how slow the internet is getting.

  1. howipad

    Joined: Dec 1969


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