In a situation that has sparked controversy, a Fulton County, Georgia Apple Store refused to sell a woman and her uncle an iPhone because they were speaking Farsi to one another. The customers are claiming that the store blatantly discriminated and racially profiled against them.
Apple purchased the music streaming service "Lala" back in December of last year. In April of this year, Apple announced that it would shut down the acquired site, and many Lala users wondered what would happen to their unspent Lala credits. Yesterday, Apple answered, and began contacting Lala users to offer them refunds in the form of iTunes gift cards - and they are rounding the amounts up! Even though many were upset about Apple's decision to shut Lala down, at least they're doing the current users right by giving them (monetary) credit where credit is due.
Apple's MobileMe cloud could become that much more useful as Apple is said to have been in negotiations with various major film studios to offer streaming video content to members. According to CNET, Apple has offered a plan wherein iTunes users will be able to access video from Internet-capable devices. Apple would, of course, prefer that users access video from the iPad, the company's upcoming tablet computer according to sources close to the story. The move seems planned around the iPad as a mobile video device with up to 64 gigabytes of onboard storage.
Apple has made recent inroads towards streaming content via its acquisition of LaLa media and its North Carolina data center, although previous rumors had centered on the idea of Apple advancing its music streaming efforts.
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.
With Apple's acquisition of Lala, some now believe Apple is preparing to take the iTunes store to the web browser. Now the Wall Street Journal says that's exactly what they're planning to do, according to "people familiar with the matter." The shift to storing music on the cloud would theoretically make downloading the iTunes software unnecessary.
Last week we learned that Apple had acquired music streaming service Lala. Now information is out saying how much they paid for it, and it was no small sum, to be sure. According to multiple sources, Apple paid no less than $80 million for their acquisition of Lala. The sum is less than half of what investors valued the company at in 2008, yet it's more than the $35 million Lala brought in during their existence.
Both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have confirmed that rumors of Apple acquiring music streaming service Lala Media to be true. Lala media scans your hard drive and creates a mirror library in the cloud from their catalogue of 7 million songs, offering an incredibly easy way to stream songs you already own from anywhere with internet access. To listen to a song you didn't own an unlimited number of times would cost $0.10, or $0.79-$0.89 per song.