Apple Poached Lala From Google?
In an interesting article pointing out how Apple and Google are vying over similar Valley startups, the Wall Street Journal today revealed that Google may have been in discussions to acquire La La Media just before Apple purchased it. And why not? The notion that Google wants a cloud-based music service to go along with its Chrome OS makes sense—until you look back at what the New York Times had to say about the deal. In their initial piece on the story, NYT said that Lala execs realized that they were losing money and initiated talks with Apple, not the other way around.
Of course, there’s been no real confirmation from either Apple or La La Media about the acquisition, so it’ll be tough to get the story 100% right before one of the two companies spills the beans. I think we all know which it’ll be…